Nearly everyone is familiar with Chinese food. Many food stalls and restaurants across the country boast food that are exactly like those from the motherland. However, some of these foods are actually American Chinese in nature and can lead to certain misunderstandings.
A November 15, 2013 article on the food blog Food Ergo Love tackles other common misconceptions that Americans have with Chinese food and debunks them. Among the most common ones is that it is extremely oily. Matt Miller answers:
“The fact is that the Chinese stir-fry cooking technique uses extremely high heat to cook bite-sized ingredients for a very short time. The very nature of this technique requires more oil than, say, a Western sauté, so that the stir-fried food does not burn. However, skilled Chinese cooks are able to stir-fry food and not leave excessive oil. It is usually the less-skilled cooks at cheaper restaurants who serve a plate of food swimming in oil.”
Excessive oil can be usually associated with a very unhealthy lifestyle. That can become unfounded in Chinese cuisine, as not only do skilled cooks in many a Chinese restaurant in Alhambra and Monterey Park cook good, non-oily food; they use healthy ingredients too. For example, tofu is a very suitable protein alternative for those who cannot eat red meat, while ginger helps improve the absorption of important nutrients to the body.
Another common misconception that Americans have with Chinese food is the idea that the Chinese only eat rice and that they have overly spicy food. While this is true, Chinese cuisine also has a lot more to offer. The Chinese also have the option of eating noodles or dim sum if they don’t feel like eating rice. The Chinese actually use rice as a “filler food” after the main course to make sure that they will stay full after the meal.
There are also different kinds of foods under Chinese cuisine. From sweet to spicy to bizarre, Chinese food can easily satisfy the palate of many people in the world. There are also different subtypes of cuisine, from Canton to Sichuan. Indeed, a food journey in China is a constant adventure for the taste buds.
People looking to explore Chinese cuisine are more than welcome to try going to the homeland and try the food themselves. For those who don’t have the time, however, they can start off by trying dim sum in Monterey Park and Alhambra offered by restaurants like Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant.
(Source: The Top 7 Myths About Chinese Food, Food Ergo Love, November 15, 2013)