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Showing posts with label Chinese food. Show all posts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'd Like to Order Kung Pao Chicken Smothered with Melted Cheese! (Yuk!)

A few years back, I was having a spirited discussion with co-workers at one of my temp jobs and the discussion turned to food preferences. Mexican versus Chinese.

I said: “I love Chinese food!”

My co-worker's response was:
“No way! Chinese food doesn't have near enough cheese for me!!”

I laughed and thought to myself: 'Yep! She's right about that!'

But why? ⍰
Why is there hardly any cheese in Chinese cuisine?

Did some research. Here is the quick answer, according to Corinne Trang, affectionately referred to by her many admirers as the “Asian Julia Child”. She says: “In Asian food culture, you have thousands, countless amounts of herbs and spices that we use at any given time. So few of these spices go well with cheese.”

Nevertheless, there is a food trend going in the “fusion” direction and chefs are experimenting with incorporating cheese into Asian recipes.

I seriously doubt that you can order a plate of kung pao chicken smothered with melted cheese.  I didn't say the chefs had taken leave of their senses.  😋

But what do you think of this "adaptation"?

Do you like your Chinese food with or without cheese?

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Quote Source:
Kuo, Stephanie. "The Real Reason There's No Cheese In Asian Cuisine." CheeseRank : Your Go To Guide for All Things Cheese. N.p., 28 July 2014. Web. 15 June 2017.



Cheese in Chinese Cuisine

How many authentic (ie., not fusion) Chinese dishes use, or incorporate, cheese? When I say cheese, I mean actual cheese -- either from a cow, goat or whatnot. What I don't mean is "Chinese cheese" or fermented, preserved tofu. The only Chinese dish I can think of that has cheese is Yunnan Goat Cheese, served sprinkled with sugar and pepper.

It Turns Out, There is Such a Thing as Chinese Cheese

The Blog: Cookbook author and teacher Diana Kuan writes about traditional and modern takes on Asian home cooking on her blog, Appetite for China. She has also recently launched an online shop called Plate and Pencil, with cute gifts like a "Dumplings Around the World" tote bag.

Discovering Cheese in One of the Most Unsuspecting Places

It's nearly impossible for any Westerners to remember the first time they tried cheese. From pizza to pasta to hunks eaten on their own, cheese's ubiquity in our diets means that we've been enjoying it since before we could eat most other solid foods. For Liu Yang, a cheesemaker in Beijing, the o...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Foodie Friday : Chinese New Year Recipes and Dishes

The food-related topic of choice for this week's foodie Friday should be obvious.

Chinese New Year!


At our partner blog, My Blog Stop!, two posts were published discussing this wonderful holiday celebration with its traditions.


  • MBS Post 1:  " ... Flowers are an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration. ..." read more.


  • MBS Post 2:  "... symbols of prosperity ... Tangerines and oranges to be specific.

"The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold'; hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth." ..." read more.



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People all around the world are celebrating. One of my favorite Asian TV chefs, Ching-He Huang, was a guest on the TODAY show and she briefly shared her good luck recipes to begin the new year. Her recipe for the main dish was Golden Chinese Five Spice Orange Roast Chicken. So many others are sharing their recipes and favorite dishes all around the web. There are so many to choose from. Clearly can't share them all, but hope to do like my selections. 

Happy New Year!!


10 Dishes To Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017: Year Of The Rooster


10 Dishes To Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017: Year Of The Rooster

Happy Spring Festival! Whether or not you have Chinese roots, more and more people the world over are celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year. Falling on Jan. 28 this year, traditionally, it is a time for families to get together and have an annual dinner, as well as sweep the house to make way for good [...]



TV chef Ching-He Huang's top tips for authentic cooking for Chinese New Year

TV chef Ching-He Huang's top tips for authentic cooking for Chinese New Year

It's Chinese New Year and millions of people around the world are getting ready to welcome in the Year of the Rooster. If you're one of them make and you're planning on celebrating, there's no doubt your favourite Chinese dishes will be making an appearance.



Chinese New Year Recipes | BBC The GoodFood



Ginger Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Ginger Orange Pound Cake Recipe

There is one classic dessert my husband and I can't resist - nothing fancy or over the top, just the simple, sweet and soft yumminess of pound cake with a good cup of tea! Over the years I've experimented with many flavours in this simple recipe, from the good old plain vanilla to cardamom spiced and, of course, the chocolate version.



Nian Gao - Chinese Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - The Schizo Chef

Nian Gao - Chinese Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - The Schizo Chef

This week I am presenting some foods that are traditional for different global festivals. Chinese New Year is a holiday that is celebrated in many countries around the world, due to global Chinese migration. Almost every country in the world has a Chinese population and this is the most celebrated holiday that is always acknowledged ...



Traditional Chinese New Year recipes to cook at home

Traditional Chinese New Year recipes to cook at home

Shiitake chive dumplings by Jeremy Pang Want to have a go at making your own Chinese dim sum? Jeremy's recipe includes a useful guide to making these wonderfully crispy shiitake and chive dumplings, with tips on how to perfectly wrap and shape them.




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Yee Sang (Prosperity Toss Salad) | Malaysian Chinese Kitchen

Yee Sang (Prosperity Toss Salad) | Malaysian Chinese Kitchen

Happy New Year!!


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Health and Wellness : Where to Find Advice on Healthy Eating and More!

Several years back, created a member profile on blackhistory.com. FYI. You don't have to be an African-American to join. Because my work-at-home projects are time consuming, my activity at this site fell by the wayside. My public profile is still available to view. The site has a blogging platform and you can also share links to your websites and blogs. Entrepreneurship is encouraged. This site also has a partner site, HBCU Connect. If you share a link or post content at one site, you can also publish it via the other site.


At this point you're probably thinking: “Uummm … How is this is food-related?”


OK. Thank you for your patience. Getting to the connection. As you know many African-Americans suffer from hypertension and diabetes; ailments that they need not suffer from if they would just change their diet! Understanding this, the site owners provide a link to a Health and Wellness Channel Sponsored by MerckEngage, a well-known leader in global healthcare. The channel is loaded with informative food-related health articles, free healthy recipe cookbooks (low sodium, low sugar, low calories, and low fat), and other health information. 



Actually, the article that caught my eye wasn't about diabetes or high blood pressure. It was about my “weakness”: Chinese food! My husband and I love to eat out at Chinese restaurants. 
The article was about choosing healthier options from the menu and had a handy chart of “Instead of” eating this, “Try” this. Below is link to that article and a sampling of other content you can find via this channel.




Healthy Chinese Food Options


Going out for Chinese food? You don't have to know how to eat with chopsticks to know how to eat smart.  Whether you decide on Szechuan, Cantonese, or Hunan style, there are ways to translate your meal into something healthy. ...


Choosing healthy foods can seem like a chore, but by keeping a few simple staples on hand you’ll have the makings of several no-fuss meals and snacks. These 7 foods made our list because, even in small amounts, they provide a good range of nutrients. ...
http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/custom/merck.cgi?read=301163
  

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