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A Look At Chinese Cuisine Basics

When you go to your local Chinese restaurant, chances are you are eating Americanized Chinese food. Only when you go to an authentic Chinese inspired restaurant with chefs that have a lot of experience in cooking real Chinese food will you be able to taste the flavors of actual Chinese cuisine. While you may very well enjoy Chinese food the way that you are used to eating it, you may want to learn a little bit about the actual Chinese cuisine that originated in China. One thing to realize is that Chinese food differs depending on the area in which you are in China.

Regional Chinese Cuisines

There are many provinces within China, and when you go to each one, there will be many differences when it comes to the foods that they cook. The main regions that you will find are Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, Shanghai, and Szechwan. As you learn more about the different cuisines, you may find that you prefer one over another. Chances are if you have only had Americanized Chinese food, you do not know what you are missing out on.

Fried Rice

A common staple among many of the regional Chinese cuisines is fried rice. Your definition of fried rice may not be the same as the definition among those that live in China. In fact, the American fried rice is much different than what is actually made in China. If you find a restaurant in your area that actually serves authentic Chinese food you will be able to taste a difference in the rice. Some Chinese cultures use steamed white rice as well. They do not have the convenience of using instant rice either- their rice is made in a specific way and there is nothing “instant” about it.

Common Dishes

One common dish is known as stir fry. When you have a stir fry, it is usually made of a variety of different fresh vegetables paired with a choice of meat. It also has some sauces that are used to give it more flavor and texture. Just about any sort of meat can be used, including chicken, pork and seafood. When eating stir fry, you will commonly eat it with rice or noodles.

Another dish that you may like is sweet and sour dishes. These dishes are made with lightly battered meat, such as chicken, pork or shrimp. You will then use a sweet and sour sauce to coat the meat, or you can just dip the meat into the sauce. The sauce is generally served hot, and may include vegetables. Steamed rice goes great with this dish.

Chinese food is a great choice when you want to eat Asian cuisine. You will find a lot of variety, and rich flavors and textures. Most of the time, the foods that you will eat in America have an American spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, but it is still a favorite among many people. If you have never tried authentic Chinese, you should definitely give it a try.

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