Chinese Food


Chinese food now holds a popular place among the entire population of the world. Why is Chinese food so popular? Chinese food is healthy? What is the history of Chinese food?

The history of Chinese cuisine

The history of Chinese food is interesting. Unlike many cultures the Chinese believe that food preparation is an art and not simply a trade. The art of Chinese food can include dishes and food preparation techniques which are difficult to develop and may require the expertise of a chef with lots of experience.
Chinese food and the way it is prepared is very much influenced by the two major philosophies, which influence the entire Chinese culture. These dominant philosophies are Confucianism and Taoism.

Confucianism and Chinese cuisine

Confucius was the man behind the Confucianism beliefs. Among many other standards Confucius established standards for proper table etiquette and for the appearance and taste of Chinese food. One of the standards set by Confucius (you would have noticed this at an authentic Chinese restaurant) is that food must be cut into small little pieces before serving the dish. This is a custom that is definitely unique to the Chinese culture.

The standards of quality and taste that Confucius recommended required the perfect blend of ingredients, herbs and condiments - a blend which would result in the perfect combination of flavor.

Taoism and Chinese cuisine

Those who follow the Taoism beliefs focus on the health benefits of certain foods against presentation. Taoists search for foods that will increase your health and longevity. They look for foods that have healing powers.

Chinese food is healthy?

Chinese food, when authentic is probably the healthiest food in the world. Some restaurants, which are not authentic, prepare their menu with highly saturated fats or with meats that contain excessive amounts of animal fat. These Chinese restaurants are not recommended and are not authentic nor healthy.

Good Chinese food however, is prepared and cooked with polyunsaturated oils.
Authentic Chinese food does not require the use of fatty dairy ingredients such as cream, butter or cheese. Meat is used, but not in abundance, which makes it easy for anyone who loves Chinese food to avoid high levels of animal fat. Many believe that authentic Chinese food is really the ideal diet.

Chinese restaurants in every part of the nation

If it is in a Chinese restaurant in Tennessee at a Chinese restaurant in New York, you will find culinary dishes that are healthy and delicious. Enjoy the taste of Chinese food!
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