If you have just booked your holidays, hotels or trips to China organized, you should prepare yourself for everything that this ancient culture has to show you. One of the aspects that will surprise you most is the Chinese cuisine, summarized in dishes of special flavor and mostly seasoned with vegetables. And it is that the Chinese dishes have above all very intense flavors.
The following 7 dishes are unique in their way but they all have exquisite flavors, wonderful presentations, and diverse cultural meanings.
1. Fried shrimp with cashews
Compared to the strong flavors of spicy tofu, this is one of the relatively lighter, typical Chinese dishes. Known for being nutritious and tasty, this fried shrimp and cashew nuts are said to protect the cardiovascular system, the brain and to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Shrimp is generally soft and easily digestible and accentuated by cashews.
The dish is easy to cook at home. If the shrimp is a bit too hard, you can put the flour inside them to soften them. On the other hand, it is known that cashews have been in quite a while once they begin to sink in hot water.
Main ingredients: shrimp, cashews, and celery.
2. Chow Mein
Chow Mein is a dish with a rich source of nutrition and has many health benefits, including improved digestion, anemia, and immunity. Extremely popular in China and around the world, this fried noodle dish comes in many varieties. Cantonese dish is the most famous in Western countries.
Chow Mein usually consists of noodles, meat, onion, and celery. It is served as a specific dish in westernized Chinese restaurants. The east and west coasts of the United States have some differences in the preparation of this dish. On the east coast, Chow Mein almost always prepares in the style and crispy «Hong Kong». On the West Coast, the dish is nearly always steamed and soft.
Main ingredients: noodles and oil.
3. Peking Duck
Considered as one of the national foods of China, the Peking duck is highly prized for its eloquent flavor and spectacular presentation. This famous dish is often found in restaurants throughout Beijing. Luxury restaurants take this dish so seriously that some even have their duck farms and use only a special type of duck for their specific Peking duck dish.
Main ingredients: duck, crepe, and onion
4. Won Ton soup
Won Ton soup, called “Hun Dun” in Mandarin, is a very famous dish in China. Since China is a nation of diverse ethnicities and cultures, each region has its forms of satiety tons. Tons of cattle are usually boiled and served in soup, but they can also be fried.
The most versatile form of satiety tons is a simple right triangle. Made by folding the ton won in the middle and pulling together for two opposite corners, this flat profile version allows it to be pan-fried like a potsticker, in addition to being boiled or deep-fried.
Main ingredients: pork, shrimp, vegetables and green onions.
5. Spicy Tofu (Mapo doufu)
Spicy tofu, known in Chinese as «map doufu», is one of the most famous dishes of Sichuan cuisine. The dish has the spicy “hot” brand, along with the tongue nature numb the characteristic of a tasty Sichuan meal.
Spicy tofu can be found in restaurants throughout China, as well as in Korea and Japan, where flavors adapt to local tastes. The Japanese style still retains the “spicy”, although spicy is not the preferred flavor in Japanese cuisine, and it is, along with Japanese rice.
Main ingredients: tofu (tofu) and beef
6. Rice with egg
Originally from ancient western regions of China, rice with tortillas has become part of the daily cuisine of the Chinese people and is one of the most common Chinese dishes on the menus.
Main ingredients: rice, eggs, and oil.
7. Spring rolls
Spring rolls are a snack, eat fresh and are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in China, hence the name of this typical chins meal. The dish bears mean very auspicious, as it resembles gold bars and people tend to relate them to the ideas of wealth. Of course, they also taste good.
Main ingredients: flour, pork, vegetables and oil