can someone please tell me what the difference is in the types of chinese foods? i hear of cantonese, sechwan(sp) and others. i'm guessing it has to do with the region in which they originated but what is it that makes them different? how do the flavors differ and which is the kind one typically finds in chinese take out?
- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
Beijing Food (Northern Chinese)
Beijing food is the most famous food in China. .
The northern part of China has a very cold climate. The region is unable to grow rice, and therefore wheat is the food base. Northern Chinese eat more breads than their compatriots in the south, where rice predominates.
Perhaps the most famous northern dish is Beijing Duck. Mongolian hot-pots and sweet-and-sour dishes from the Henan province are also popular.
Cantonese food is typically steamed, boiled or stir-fried. It is a very healthy food, since it uses a minimum of oil. The main ingredients of this type of Chinese food are seafood, pork, chicken and vegetables. Dim Sum and Fried Rice are also characteristic.
There are no limits to what you may find in your bowl. As one Chinese proverb goes: "Cantonese eat every thing that flies except planes, every thing on the ground except cars, and every thing that is in water except boats."
What is typical of this southwestern province of China is the spicy taste of its food. If you want to eat "la," as people say in Chinese, try the Sichuan pepper beef. Many Sichuan dishes are prepared using chili pepper oil, which gives a special taste to the food.
The most famous Sichuan dish is the Gongbao (Kung Pao) chicken, fried with peanuts and chili pepper.
Huaiyang food is probably the most popular Chinese food in North America, with its steam cooking. Soups are also a very important element. Huaiyang is the home of "red cooking," a method of cooking food in a marinade made of soya sauce, water, sugar, ginger and white wine.
Noodles come from the Yangzi river region. The southern city of Nanjing is famous for its duck dishes. Shanghai has its own specialties, including stir-fried dishesSource(s): Orientalfood.com
- 4 years ago
- 1 decade ago
The different types reflect the area where they come from>Sezchuan tends to be spicier than cantonese. In all honesty though most chinese food is cooked to suit American taste. Also MSG is often added to Chinese food. I tis a flavor enhancer and it makes you thirsty.
- 6 years ago
Here's a downloadable Chinese food menu translated in English. You can fold it into a small booklet and fit it in your wallet: http://goldstarteachers.com/articles/chinese-food-...
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- 1 decade ago
it's "regionated." just go for plain old chinese food and not the kind that has a special region attached to it. it's the besty!