Chinese Recipes

Chinese cuisines

Chinese cuisines has been ranked by international gourmets as a haute cuisine and ranks with the French at the top of the world's hautes cuisines.  Chinese recipes are appetizing, nutritious and economical to produce.  If properly prepared, they appeal equally to the palate of prince or peasant alike.  The Chinese believe in nature and that everything that grows on earth and is edible can be delicious.  Most Chinese recipes include some vegetables to enhance the taste of the main ingredient which can either be seafood or meat. This combination makes the whole dish delicious, easy to digest and very healthy as less meat is used.  In contrast, Western cuisines also use vegetables but usually are cooked and eaten separately from  the meat.

Cooking secrets

One of the Chinese cooking secret is the ch'ao or low-oil, quick-stir frying method that is not common to the West.  Yet this simple method of cooking whereby both meat and vegetables are cut into small pieces and then cooked over high heat in a wok, a large concave skillet, is so simple and quick and on top of that adds flavor to everything cooked.  Only a small amount of oil is used with practically no water.  By using this method to stir-fry vegetable dishes, the vegetables stays bright and crisp either in its own juice or in a small amount of water.  This cooking method allows most of the vitamins and minerals to be retain.  The West tends to boil their vegetables whereby the taste and vitamins will be lost in the water.  In contrast, following the Chinese way of stir-frying cooking method, even a simple Chinese cabbage will be most appetizing.  If woks are not easily available, the same effect can still be achieved by using a cast-iron frying pan.

Another secret is the jeng or cooking by steam which is yet another fundamental method used extensively by the Chinese and again unknown in the West.  The only Western method that has some close resemblance to this is boiling.  Both methods uses water rather than oil to transmit the heat but there is where the resemblance ends.  To further illustrate the vast difference between these 2 methods, if a piece of fish is boiled, part of its taste would definitely be lost in the water.  In addition, no other ingredients can be added to the fish to further enhance its taste, instead what it does is just to add taste to the soup.  And if only the fish is eaten and boiled water discarded, all the extra ingredients are just pointless.  On the other hand, by using the Chinese method of steaming, 100% of the taste is preserved within the fish.  Any other ingredients added on top of the fish further enhances its taste.

Hence, Chinese cuisines are not only delicious, they are also nutritious which are the results of the way the dishes has been cooked.

So try out new recipes, easy and healthy recipes and new ways of cooking style.  So many devotees of gastronomy, who had the privilege of sampling the great national cuisines of the world, has ranked Chinese cuisine to be No. 1 quite as often as the French cuisine.  So do not lose out this opportunity of tasting the No 1 cuisines in the World.  Start browsing through this collection of Chinese recipes and start cooking.

 

Chinese Recipes

   
 
  1. Basic Soup Stock
 
  1. Braised Sea Cucumber
 
  1. Butterfly Prawns with Bacon
 
  1. Chicken and Ham Soup
 
  1. Cucumber Sesame Salad
 
  1. Eight Jewel Soup
 
  1. Five Spice Pork
 
  1. Fragrant Garlic Fried Rice
 
  1. Fried Bean Curd with Prawns
 
  1. Ginger Shallot Chicken
 
  1. Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs
 
  1. Steamed Custard with Oysters
 
  1. Stir Fry Spinach
 
  1. Sweet Sesame Rice Noodles
 
  1. Tofu Salad
   
   

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