3 Must-Try Authentic Chinese Dishes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

China does not have just one monolithic culture. Occupying an expanse of land that stretches from the Middle East to the Pacific Ocean, China not only occupies geographical space, but cultural space, as well. As such, you can expect a diverse array of cuisines. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn of a few authentic Chinese dishes that come from all over the country. Kaoya Kaoya, or Beijing or Peking duck as it is commonly referred to in North America, is a dish that is fit for a king. Truly, this dish was used in imperial courts from antiquity forward! This dish is a duck that is roasted to perfection, giving it a smoky, red aura. When served, kaoya is dressed in Chinese pancakes and served with a hoisin sauce that includes cucumber and scallions. After the meat of the duck is used, the bones are usually slow cooked into a hearty, warm soup. Fo Tiao Qiang The name of this dish loosely translates to “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.” It takes its namesake from the fact that the dish is so delicious that the Buddha himself would jump over a wall just to get a taste of it. This dish is a seafood lover’s delight. Hailing from the Fujian province along the southeastern coast of China, fo tiao qiang includes a veritable medley of seafood and veggies, including sea cucumber, scallops, ginseng, abalone, and shark fin that are brewed together for hours on end with a bit of Shaoxing wine and seasoned with shrimp oil and shrimp paste. Lao Huo Tang In the southern province of Guangdong, quite close to Hong Kong, Cantonese people generally eat food that is a bit less spicy than the cuisine of the rest of China. However, what Cantonese cuisine lacks in spiciness, it makes up for in heartiness. This dish is a slow boiled soup that is simmered for upwards of three hours and is served piping hot. The dish is traditionally believed to hold medicinal properties, and often includes traditional Chinese medicines and herbal remedies that might not initially sound scrumptious to a Western tongue, like goji berries and caterpillar fungus. Traditional Chinese food has a range of tastes, from spicy to hearty to the decidedly complex. This guide should have given you a basic idea of some of the cuisine that you can expect from a few regions throughout China. Next time you visit a restaurant like Restaurant La Perle, see what new dishes you want to...

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4 Tips For Eating Healthy Foods At Chinese Buffet Restaurants

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re trying to make healthy food choices, you might avoid restaurants for a while since that can be a source of trouble for some people. But when your friends and family keep inviting you out to eat with them, you eventually can’t keep avoiding the restaurant scene. Many dieters are afraid to head out to a Chinese buffet because they fear that they’ll give in to that “all you can eat” mentality. The truth is that you can eat a healthy meal at a buffet without overeating, and it’s easier than you might think. Visit the Website Before your night out, check out the restaurant’s website. Many have a menu posted, so it’s easy to get a good idea what types of foods are going to be on the buffet. A quick browse of the different options should help to reassure you that you’re not going to be starving yourself at dinner. If necessary, make a list of dishes that sound like something you’ll enjoy. If you’re not sure which options are healthiest, look for descriptive terminology. Fried foods or sweet dishes are likelier to be higher in calories, so they should be crossed off your list. Start with Soup or Salad Instead of diving right in, start out with some soup or salad. Both can be healthy options, and a salad is a great way to make sure you get your vegetables in right away. Soup is very filling, and the typical choices available at a Chinese buffet are low in both calories and fat. Some choices that you might see include miso soup, wonton soup, and egg drop soup. Sip your soup slowly and wait a few minutes before you head to the buffet. Pick Wisely with Main and Side Dishes Once you’re ready to head up to the buffet, look for the dishes that you chose originally from the menu. Stick with main and side dishes that have plenty of vegetables and less sauce. Also make choices that are less likely to be fried for the best results. If you feel that you’ll be missing out if you don’t try some of those foods, then make sure that you only take small helpings. That way you get a little taste of the foods that you enjoy rather than an entire plate. Go Natural with Dessert It may seem unusual for a Chinese buffet to offer fresh fruit for dessert, but this is not uncommon. Other options can include much unhealthier choices, such as cakes and soft-serve ice cream because these are easy to serve in a buffet setting. Fresh fruit is an excellent choice for dessert and it adds into your fruit and vegetable servings...

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Take The Time To Decant Your Wine

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Decanting wine is the best way to allow the wine to breathe and oxygenate, while also giving it time for the little pieces of skin, seeds, and sediment to settle on the bottom. This can be done in a variety of ways, but it is important that you don’t over-decant your wine. This will result in missing the peak of flavor of your wine and drinking it after it has started to decline. Some other things to know about decanting wine include the following: Best way to decant a bottle of wine. Decant your favorite bottle of wine by opening it and slowly pouring the contents of the bottle into a container, or decanter, that has a narrow neck and mouth attached to a larger vessel. This allows you some control over how much air your wine receives. Allow the wine to sit for a few moments while the tannin and any sediment or debris settle before pouring the wine into glasses. Benefits of decanting your wine. Decanting wine allows for a smooth taste and satisfaction when drinking it, without the off-putting debris that could interfere with the experience. Using a narrow-mouth bottle allows for some control over how much air your wine is exposed to and permits the wine to change and become more enjoyable and flavorful on your palate. Exposing the wine to oxygen allows it to reach its flavor peak, which will vary in the amount of time that this takes. Typically, older wines take longer to oxygenate. Wines that are best decanted. Wines that are ten years old or older should be decanted to get rid of the sediment that settles in the bottom of the bottle. Young wines, like those sold in a grocery store, don’t usually need to be decanted. Go ahead and decant your wine regardless of its age; this gives you the opportunity to transfer and serve your wine in a cool, nifty decanter and impress your friends! It can be a bit off-putting to take a sip of a special bottle of wine only to get a mouthful of sediment and tannin. Look for cool, vintage-style decanters in local wine shops and antique stores, and talk with wine store personnel about the preferred methods of decanting wine. You may be surprised by the difference that decanting an older varietal or a rare vintage can make in the taste and texture when you enjoy a...

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Personal-Sized Grilled Mexican Pizza: The Best Summer Grilling Recipe Ever

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This delicious and unique pizza recipe combines ingredients from your favorite Mexican dishes with the smoky flavor of the grill, all uniquely presented in pizza form. If you’re making your dough from scratch, this process can take an hour and a half or more (depending on how long it takes you to prepare ingredients at each step), but it’s worth it. You’ll see why when you’re taking your first bite of smoky, spicy grilled pizza. Gather the Ingredients For this recipe, you’ll need your own standard pizza dough recipe, and the following toppings: Refried beans Shredded cheddar cheese Corn cut from the cob (preferably grilled corn) Sliced avocado Chopped fresh cilantro Salsa As you gather the ingredients, turn on your oven to 475 degrees, and start your grill on a medium heat. Bake the Dough Flatten your pizza dough into a 6- or 7-inch individual-sized pizza. Make one pizza for each person eating the meal. You’re going to par-bake the dough before putting it on the grill. This means that you’ll bake it until it’s not quite done, but doesn’t require much more baking to finish the job. For many recipes, baking the dough at 475 degrees for about 5 minutes is good enough. The crust should not be brown on the outside, but should be hard enough to support toppings when they’re added in the next step. Grill the Dough Take the par-baked crusts out to the grill and put each crust over the flames for just long enough to imprint the crust with lines from the hot grilling surface. Flip the dough once and imprint lines on the other side, then take the dough indoors to assemble the pizzas. Assemble the Pizza Assemble the toppings on the par-baked dough in the following order: Refried beans (in place of sauce) Corn Sliced avocado Chopped cilantro Shredded cheddar Grill the Pizzas Take the assembled pizzas out to the grill. If you’re using a charcoal grill, drizzle olive oil over the smoldering briquettes to produce smoke and a little flame. Next, put the pizzas in an area close to the briquettes, but not directly over the hottest parts of the fire. Leave the pizzas there for a short time, then move them to the next highest level of the grill (if there is one) and shut the lid. Enclosing the pizzas in the grill will allow the smoky flavor to become absorbed into the cheese and the crust. Check on the pizzas periodically and remove them when the cheese is completely melted and the bottom of the crust is dark brown. Top the pizzas with more chopped cilantro and a dollop of salsa. Know When to Take the Easy Way Out This...

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