Myths about Chinese food you believed were true!


There’s nothing as alluring as the wok Fried noodles, Manchurian or tossed Chill chicken. We have to agree that the love for Chinese food is beyond words and so is the fear and myths revolving around it. The coronavirus pandemic scare has changed the love for Chinese food globally, but are the myths around one of our favourite cuisine true! Well, here are a few age-old myths that might have made you ditch your Chinese foods. So, read on as the myths are debunked!

Is Chinese food all about fried food If you go by the desi-Chinese affair, you would observe that most of the popular Chinese delicacies are wok tossed and stir fried, this makes it a myth that Chinese food is only about fried foods. On the contrary, if you look at authentic Chinese delicacies like Xiaolongbao and Dimsums, meat stews and aromatic rice pots, you would be amazed to see that there’s a lot more to be explored! From meat roasts to stews to soups, Chinese culinary culture is vast and so are the variety of delicacies.

Is adding soy sauce a mandate

Another myth is that the Soy sauce is a quintessential element of Chinese culinary culture. Well, Chinese cuisine is vast and varies from region to region. Interestingly, there are as good as eight major regional cuisines such as Cantonese, Szechuan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Hunan, and Shandong. No wonder, soy sauce is extensively used in cooking various delicacies and stews, tofu or meat delights, but there are other ingredients as well that are an essential part of Chinese cuisine like vinegar, cooking wine, chili sauces, fermented soy paste to name a few.

Bizarre meat delicacies on the menu

It is a preconceived notion that Chinese delicacies are all about disgusting animal and insect meats. From dogs to insects to crawling creatures, the mere thought of eating these meats may freak you out, but the traditional Chinese delicacies have a vast variety of vegetarian delicacies like YOU PO MIAN, Vegetable Shumai with sticky rice, etc.

The fight over Fortune cookie!

Fortune cookies have been a matter of debate since ages! This American invention was introduced by a Japanese family in San Francisco. In an article by Jennifer Lee the origin of this cookie has been explained and how it became a quintessential part of Chinese culture. Interestingly, Chinese sweet delicacies are served as a platter of sweets and fruits paired with aromatic tea. Addition of the Fortune cookie was altogether a different delight!

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