Chinese RecipePopular in its iconic take-out boxes, there isn’t any part of the world that isn’t familiarwith Chinese cuisine. It’s fast, delicious, with a whole range of choices to choose fromcarbohydrates, to vegetables, meats and seafood plus interesting desserts plus thefortune cookie picked up with a piece of paper that reads your fortune. These fortunecookies have been also marketed to be wedding favors or party favors with a littletwist of creativity. Just like food history, Chinese food’s history dates back to centuriesago and change from period to period. With eight culinary traditions with differentcharacteristics, China has various flavors and dishes under its belt cooked andprepared in many different ways–braised, salted, fermented, pickled, the list goes on.As the westerners favor bread, the major staple food of China is rice. It is usuallyeaten steamed or stir-fried with vegetables and meat. Either way, it’s eaten withother dishes. Rice is also used to make other products, used for cooking or beverage.Another carbohydrate source is noodles, either in soup form or served fried with otheringredients. According to the Chinese, noodles symbolize longevity and are oftenserved in birthday celebrations.Protein sources are again, seafood, meat, and poultry. Tofu is also used as anotherprotein source. Also from soy comes another popular Chinese condiment – soy sauce,which is used to add flavor to dishes, soups, or as a dipping sauce to dim sum –dumplings already bite-size and usually served as an appetizer. Bok Choy is a popularvegetable in many side dishes, noodle dishes, and as an edible garnish in main dishes.Peking duck or Beijing roast duck is another well-known dish and is still popular amongmany restaurants today. Other duck dishes in Chinese cuisine are Jinling salted driedduck, Nanjing’s most famous dish and also dried duck.At the end of the meal, tea is served with dessert such as jellies with fruit or deep-friend mantou served with sweetened condensed milk. Ice creams and shaved ice arealso popular. Tea also has different choices such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea,and there are also herbal teas drunk for medicinal purposes.Due to immigration and globalization, Chinese food has evolved and some traditionaldishes and favorites are mixed with other culture’s popular dishes resulting in fusioncuisine, therefore new dishes are created with dishes from two different countries asinspirations or basis for this new dish. So the story of food does not end here yet.
Herbed Tofu in White Wine SauceWe are trying so much with wine then why leave such a venerable Tofu behind. Tofudoes not have a specific taste of its own so it become all the more easy to blend it withwhite wine sauce.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesRecommended Wine: 1/2 cup white wineDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:2 tablespoons butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons flour, all-purpose, 1/2 cup skimmed milk, 1/2cup white wine, 1 chopped onion, 1 dash cloves – ground, Salt to taste, 1 cup water,200gms herbed tofuPreparation Instructions:In a saucepan melt the butter and add flour to it. Turn off the heat and allow it to coolslightly and then add wine. To this add onion, cloves, and salt to taste and stir it on lowflame, keep stirring. Allow it to simmer till the desired consistency is achieved. Nowadd tofu and let it cook on low flame. You can serve tofu and sauce with steamed riceor pasta.
Stir-Fried Broccoli Chicken with CashewsChicken chunks are seasoned with sugar, soy sauce and garlic before being stir-fried tocreate this spicy dish with broccoli, peppers and cashews.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 5-10 minutesCooking Time: About 10 minutesDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:1 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce, 3 med. cloves garlic, minced, 2 boneless,skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks, 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth, 4 tsp.cornstarch, 2 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. peanut oil, 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips, 4 cup broccolipieces, 1 med. onion, chopped, 1 cup cashew halvesPreparation Instructions:In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce and garlic. Add chicken chunks. Stir to coatthoroughly. Set aside. In another bowl, combine chicken broth with cornstarch,whisking until there are no lumps. Set aside. Heat 2 tbsp. peanut oil in a wok overmedium-high heat. Add chicken chunks; stir-fry 4-5 minutes. Add remaining oil,pepper and broccoli. Stir-fry for about 3 more minutes. Add onion; stir-fry anadditional 2-3 more minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, 1-2minutes. Remove from heat. Add cashews and serve with rice or lo mien noodles.
Gelatin Pizza This one’s just a treat on the dessert table!! Just top it up with fresh whipped creamand seasonal fruits of your choice. You can also add chopped nuts at the time ofserving.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 15 minutesCooking Time: 4 hoursDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:2 packages jelly – you can choose flavor of your choice, 250ml boiling water, 100gmsfresh whipped topping, 2 cups chopped fruit – fruits of your choicePreparation Instructions:Empty the gelatin mix in a saucepan and add boiling water to it. Stir well till it dissolvescompletely. Pour this mixture into well-greased pizza pan. Refrigerate it until chilledabout 2-4 hrs. At the time of serving spread whipped cream on top of it and top it upwith cut fruits. Serve chilled.SOURCCE: