A Brief history of chinese food menu

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Whether in mainland China or in different parts of the world, Chinese have distinct ways of preparing food especially with their traditional cuisine. Generally, Chinese value their traditional cuisine more than anything else as being part of their heritage and culture. Thus, many races not only Asians, for that matter, love choosing Chinese food if they have the chance. The variety of food in the regular Chinese Food Menu would vary from ancient recipes down to modern Chinese dishes.

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In most Asian countries, food is one of the most important parts of their tradition that not only there to nourish their body, but have became an integral part of their communities, traditions, and customs. In most societies across Asia, food within societies varies a lot they may sometimes very closely similar and far different. That is why Chinese have a very unique selection of food that reflect not only of their love for food but also speak of their very rich culture.
Over the centuries, Chinese food vary from the Ancient China up to the present. In the ancient times, the long-running dynasties have played a big role in honing China’s food variety that has become a leading choice of food among Asian countries.

Chinese culture carries a unique way of preparing food that’s cut into very small pieces that is made almost necessary. It’s difficult to find knives in the dining table serving Chinese food. Chinese, in their also emphasizes the value of the right blend of ingredients such as herbs as well as condiments. Their food also needs to look really good in color along with texture as well as a well-prepared food that needs to be eaten in an elegant manner and with harmony.

Chinese foods are typically cooked in bid to nourish the health of the family along with the intention of boosting the health and fitness benefits including longevity and achieving healing powers as well as medicinal value in everything they eat. Majority of good Chinese food is cooked by using poly unsaturated oils and doesn’t use milk-based raw materials and ingredients such as cream, cheese, and butter.

Even though meat in Chinese cuisines is also used, it usually used as an ingredient with moderation mainly to avoid high amounts of cholesterol and animal fat. This type of food is considered an authentic Chinese food that is in fact, a perfect Chinese food, beneficial for one’s health. In the traditional Chinese dishes, great emphasis is given to common sources of carbohydrates particularly rice, carbo-rich vegetables, and noodles.

Chinese food could be selected, to have a great variation by choosing various recipes with different nourishment. Chicken or beef recipes and vegetables also are a fantastic choice. Fried recipes like sesame sprikcled chicken could be replaced with beef, cashew chicken or broccoli perhaps. Such dishes provide vitamins and minerals that can’t be found in some traditional dishes like lo mein, that are noodles soaked in oil, fats as well as carbohydrates.

Fried rice, on the other hand, contains a lots of cholesterol as well as carbohydrates thus, brown rice is a good alternative source of carbohydrates instead of the typical white rice. Chinese food mostly uses soy sauce along with other additives that are good sources of sodium. An authentic Chinese food are best eaten or even cooked with different types of sauce. However, the problem is it contains a large amount of sodium- nearly 3 to 4 times what’s the normal daily requirement of the body. However, the safest choice is vegetables or steamed recipes or stir-fried with little if any amount of oil.
To reduce fat calories in most Chinese food, dishes that are based in vegetable with a selection of sauces as well as steamed rice completes a nutritious Chinese food. As a dessert, fortune cookies, which contain only about 15 calories will be perfect.

In a nutshell, a Chinese food which contains more vegetables or snow peas that is low in salt content is a very good example of an authentic Chinese food and are the main determinant of a healthy food Chinese food. A choice of for restaurants between a relatively inexpensive one and high-end Chinese restaurant is also important in choosing what restaurant to dine in that offer Chinese Food Menu.

Beef Oriental

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 lb ground lean ground beef
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans drained bean sprouts
  • garnish with chinese noodles

Directions

First of all brown onions and celery in butter then add rice and ground beef cook it until brown after that add soup, soy sauce, water and stir in bean sprouts then place in a little greased 2 quart baking dish, cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes . Finally uncover and bake for more 30 minutes and then serve with Chinese noodles.

CHINESE Beef Teriyaki

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak ( makes 10 skewers)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper seeds
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry

Directions

First of all for easy cutting put beef in the freezer for 20 minutes then cut meat into 1/4 inch thick slices after that mix flavoring together until smooth then pour over beef and marinate for 2 hours then heat grill to 350 F and cook for 10 minutes.

Crab and Sweet corn Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1 pint chicken stock ( can be made with a cube or two )
  • 150 g tinned sweet corn
  • 6 imitation crab sticks, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 crab claws, cracked open
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

Directions

First of all boil stock and then add all remaining ingredients except egg after that cook it for 5 minutes and then stir in the egg. Finally ready to serve.

Chinese Cantonese Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb lean pork, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 3 cups Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
  • chow mein noodles, for garnish

Directions

First of all take a large saucepan lightly brown pork in oil then stir in soy sauce, pepper and ginger cook it for about 5 minutes then add chicken broth and simmer 15 minutes after that add cabbage and cook until become tender for about 5 minutes. Finally garnish each serving with noodles.

Chinese Egg Flower Soup

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth ( about)
  • 3 eggs ( slightly beaten in a large serving bowl)
  • 4 large dried Chinese mushrooms, diced ( soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes, squeeze dry and cut off stems)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon msg
  • 6 ounces frozen peas ( 1/2 12 oz. pkg.)

Directions

In a boiler boil chicken broth, ginger and green onion for 2 minutes then add salt, msg, mushrooms and frozen peas cook it for 5 minutes after that pour soup slowly into serving bowl containing eggs and finally serve hot.

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash white pepper
  • 1 medium green onion, chopped ( with top)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Directions

At the very first take 2 quart saucepan boil chicken broth, salt, and white pepper in it and then stir green onions into eggs after that pour eggs mixture slowly into broth, stirring constantly with fork until egg forms shreds.

Chinese Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups mushrooms ( sliced)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 (80 g) packages ramen noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 cup green onion

Directions

First of all fry mushrooms and then garlic in oil after that add water and the flavor packs from instant noodles and bring to a boil then add noodles and simmer for 3 minutes finally add onions and garnish of your own choice.

Chinese Veggie Fried Rice

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons diced onions
  • 3 tablespoons diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves ( minced)
  • 3 -4 cups leftover rice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot Chinese mustard (optional)

Directions

First of all beat eggs with parsley and garlic then take a large sauté pan with straight sides on medium heat and put onions, carrots, and peas once soft pour it in the egg mixture and scramble until set after that turn heat down from medium to low and carefully stir rice, soy sauce, mustard and heat until warmed thoroughly.

Chinese Style Lemon Rice

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 onion, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt ( to taste)

Directions

First of all take a wok put it on over high heat and add oil when hot sauté onion cubes and minced ginger fry grated lemon zest and ground cumin over medium heat for about half minute after that add rice in wok stir and tossing to mix them well, season it with salt. Finally shift from the wok to bowl and serve immediately.

Chinese Rice Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup converted rice ( uncooked)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed, uncooked
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 cup shrimp, cooked or canned
  • 4 ounces chow mein noodles

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds or 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

At the beginning cook rice and chill then add next four ingredients after that take a jar and put dressing in it and shake it before serving after add dressing a few spoonfuls at a time until salad appears moist enough then finally add noodles and toss.