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Chinese Cuisine and the Cooking of China

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A sensual cuisine that is fiery, soothing, tempestuous in nature.....satisfying all the senses

The Chinese have achieved the whole experience in their cuisine. Many Chinese dishes are given poetic names that evoke emotions and visions. Chinese cuisine is an exalted form of art due to the following attributes.

Chinese cuisine takes into consideration the following when panning a meal.

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The aroma of Chinese food has to be memorable.  The individual ingredients are combined because their fragrances blend to create appetizing aromas. Color
The Chinese delight in colors. The dishes all form a painting on the table - the gold of soups, the white of rice, the bright green of vegetables, the reds of condiments, the orange of meats and sauces.  The Chinese cook is very aware of color and may even choose dishes to match the surroundings and clothes of the hostess.

Chinese cuisine is famous for its textures. Crunchy vegetables, chewy bits of meat, crisp water chestnuts, creaminess of bean curd and smooth sauces are combined to create sensational dishes.

Contrasting tastes is the joy of Chinese cuisine. Chinese love to stimulate the senses with combinations of taste. Their meals, many of which are simple, bland and pure in their taste, are skillfully combined with dishes and condiments that are stronger and more stimulating in taste.  

A Chinese meal is rich in variety of ingredients used. Chinese cuisine is known for its contrast and variety.  This is combined with variety in taste, texture, color and aroma.  Dry dishes are served with soupy dishes, there are sweet dishes and sour dishes, bland dishes and highly seasoned dishes, light dishes and rich dishes making the meal an exquisite experience.  This experience is further highlighted by each dish maintaining its integrity, its own proportions, its own dominant elements and contributing to the coherence and harmony of the meal.

There is no main dish
Chinese dishes have an equal place on the menu. Each dish is whole and important.  Chinese eating is also an art. The Chinese create individual dining experiences from the same meal.  According to their personal preferences they dart from one dish to another.   Depending on their individual fancy they will sample one dish or the other. Once they have satisfied themselves of a particular taste or experience they simply change their serving and are on to a new adventure.  This way they avoid monotony and feeling of overeating which can be the result of a meal that is comprised of the same foods in comparatively large quantities.

 Maximum preparation with minimum cooking.
Chinese cuisine is very quick cooking.   Because the ingredients are prepared in bite size pieces they are quick to make.  The preparation of ingredients for the meal is a thoughtful process. For the cook time stands still and he is lost in the art of cutting vegetables and meats, combining seasonings and preserving the integrity of each dish.  The cooking itself is done in a flash.

 The starting point is the ingredient
The Chinese never begin their meal with an idea of a stew or roast.  The Chinese have no idea of their meal until they visit the market.  It is there that they survey the offerings and decide on what is particularly good.  After having made their purchases they begin to create the meal.  They will then begin to match the ingredients, decide on the cooking methods, decide on the seasonings and come up with a balanced meal in every respect.   Thus a Chinese meal is never created twice.

Combining ingredients rule
The permutations and combinations that are created in Chinese cuisine is inexhaustible.  The Chinese have mastered the art of blending ingredients and yet preserving their individuality.  It is like dressing a bride – each ingredient is dressed in its seasoned finery.  The unique characteristics of each ingredient are understood, then seasonings and spices are incorporated and then different dishes are coordinated to create the meal.

 The cook not the diner seasons the food
The meal is the proof of the cooks' skills and ingenuity. It is he not the diner that seasons the food, blends the seasonings.  The cook knows which individual property of the ingredient to highlight, dull or render inconsequential and to use seasonings to bond dissimilar foods.  The cook uses his knowledge and skill to use seasonings without overpowering or overwhelming the ingredients.

 The cook not the diner cuts the food
In the Chinese dinning etiquette, knives should not be seen on the table.  Chopsticks, bowls and soup spoons are the traditional table ware.  Food is always cut into bite sized pieces, whole meats such as pig, fish and poultry are cooked till they are so tender that the meat can be removed right off the bones with chopsticks.

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