Thursday, 14 August 2008

Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken or Sweet Sour Chicken is an American Chinese cuisine dish or appetizer. The chicken are essentially white meat chicken fingers deep-fried in batter. Unlike sweet and sour pork, this dish does not have a Chinese cuisine counterpart in the Far East. It is almost exclusive to North America, although it may sometimes be found in restaurants in East and Southeast Asia in an essentially identical version. UK Chinese restaurants also serve Sweet and Sour Chicken.

It is generally served with sweet and sour sauce, sometimes topped off with pineapples, green peppers and cherries.

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Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork is a Chinese dish that is particularly popular in Cantonese cuisine and North American Chinese cuisine. It can also be found on the menu in most UK Chinese restuarants. A traditional Jiangsu dish called Pork in a sugar and vinegar sauce is considered its ancestor.

The dish consists of deep frying pork in bite sized pieces, and subsequently stir-fried in a more customized version of sweet and sour sauce made of sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, and soy sauce, and additional ingredients including pineapple, bell pepper, and onion. In more elaborate preparations, the dish's tartness is controlled by requiring Chinese white rice vinegar be used sparingly and using ketchups with less vinegary tastes, while some restaurants use unripe kiwifruits and HP sauce in place of vinegar. Some of the more casual food outlets use diluted acetic acid as a substitute for white vinegar and synthesized red colouring in place of ketchup to keep the costs down, making the dish too pungent and leaving customers thirsty.

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Chinese sweet and sour sauce

Sweet and sour is a generic term that encompasses many styles of sauce, cuisine and cooking methods. It has long been popular in North America and Europe, where it is stereotypically considered a component of standard Chinese cuisine. It does in fact originate from China, and is now also used in some American and European cuisines.

Western cultures use sweet and sour sauce in two different ways. Dishes can either include the sauce as an ingredient in cooking or use the sauce as a pour-over or dipping sauce for the meal.

Chow Mein and Chop Suey

What could symbolize Chinese cooking more than chop suey and chow mein? Even people who steer away from more exotic Asian fare have enjoyed these two dishes at one time or another.

What goes into making these two popular restaurant dishes? Both are stir-fries; while chop suey consists of vegetables and meat with a gravy, chow mein is fried noodle dish. Chow mein noodles are normally made with wheat flour, egg and water – the noodles can be softer or crisper, depending on how long they are fried. Italian pastas such as fettucini or linguine make a good substitute if you don't have Chinese egg noodles on hand. Both chow mein and chop suey normally contain chicken or meat, although there are also seafood and vegetarian versions.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Chinese cuisine

Chinese cuisine originated from the various regions of China and has become widespread in many other parts of the world — from Asia to the Americas, Australia, Western Europe and Southern Africa. In recent years, connoisseurs of Chinese cuisine have also sprouted in Eastern Europe and South Asia.

In most dishes in Chinese cuisine, food is prepared in bite-sized pieces, ready for direct picking up and eating.

Pork is generally preferred over beef in Chinese cuisine due to economic and aesthetic reasons; the pig is easy to feed and is not used for labour, and is so closely tied with the idea of domesticity that the character for "home" depicts a pig under a roof. The colour of the meat and the fat of pork are regarded as more appetizing, while the taste and smell are described as sweeter and cleaner. It is also considered easier to digest. However, beef is more popular in the west of the country, influenced by Islam, and also in the Sichuan region and parts of the south, where cattle are used for hauling in mining and are plentiful. Lamb is more popular in the far north of the country.

London Chinese takeaway menus are usually very similar and dishes used in one takeaway will be found in others as well. Usually Chinese takeaway menu consists of soups, rice and chow mein (noodle) dishes as well as variety of meat dishes, like sweet and sour, etc.

In modern age of living there are number of websites now that offer online order functionality, they are easy to use and you get your hot Chinese food delivered to your doorstep in minutes.

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