Chinese Cooking Preparation Tips, Techniques And Styles

Chinese food continue as one of the most popular styles of food on the planet. Wherever you go on in America or the rest of the world you can find a Chinese restaurant. A hallmark of Chinese cooking is to buy everything fresh. Whether it's vegetables, seafood or grains fresh comes to mind when it comes to Chinese foods.

As opposed to the Western cultures fast food state-of-mind, authentic Chinese cooking demands selecting the freshest live seafood, beef, chicken, fruits and vegetables from local markets and suppliers.

Cantonese Food

Cantonese style food is mild and subtle, including sauces. The purpose is to avoid overpowering or drowning out the taste of the freshness of the ingredients of the food. Examples of the top Cantonese dishes include crispy chicken, roast suckling pig and whole steamed fish, to name a few.

Sichuan (Szechuan) Food

One of staple ingredients of Sichuan (or Szechuan) style of cooking are red peppercorns and chili peppers. Why? Because they are known to help to stimulate the taste buds of the diner. This style of food has the distinction reputation offering a delayed spicy taste that builds slowly and gradually on the tongue and mouth. One of the more popular dishes is stir fried green beans and Szechuan bee.

Mandarin Food

Peking duck considered the most popular style of Mandarin food. Mandarin food emphasizes more beef and noodles, instead of rice or seafood like other Chinese cooking.

Chinese Cooking Techniques

1. Stir-Frying - Considered one of the healthiest forms of cooking because of the small amount of oil and quick cooking techniques. Stir-frying helps to preserve the foods color, texture, and taste in addition to its nutritional values

When stir-frying, the food should stay in motion. For example, spread it, turn it, toss it. By doing this you help the meat, chicken or vegetable stay juicy and flavorful, as well as keep the food from burning.

Make sure you have everything ready before starting. Stir-frying requires you to slice the meats and vegetables, fish, chicken or other foods thin enough to quickly cook through.

2. Deep-Frying

Many of the most popular Chinese dishes require deep frying to add the crunchiness that made them popular favorites. Deep frying requires making sure the cooking oil covers the food. The must have the right temperature before placing the food in it, usually 350-400 degrees depending on the food items thickness and texture. The most popular types of oil use for deep frying Chinese foods is peanut or sesame oil.

3. Steaming
Chinese food steaming involves cooking all sorts of different foods, meats, fish, chicken and vegetables and more. To achieve the best food results the water should have a constant boil. The advantages of steaming helps to preserve not only the nutritional values, but the flavor of food.

As the cost of food continues to rise, the efficiency of Chinese cooking grows more appealing to more people. The added nutritional value of Asian cooking methods increases the importance learning how to prepare different cuts of meats, vegetables and poultry.


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