As the name suggests; Chinese cuisine means cuisine originating from one of the several regions of China. Over the years techniques and ingredients of Indian food have been engrained in Chinese cuisine which has led to amalgamation of Indo-China food that we are so fond of eating these days.
Rice is the major staple food and usually it is the white rice steamed which is commonly eaten. It is little sticky as the starch content is not removed before eating.
Chinese version of Paneer is known as Tofu and it is made of soybeans and is another popular product that supplies protein. Other products such as Soy milk, Soy paste, Soy oil, and Soy sauce are also important in Chinese cooking.
Some common vegetables used in Chinese cuisine include Chinese leaves, bok choy (Chinese cabbage), Chinese Spinach (dao-mieu), On Choy, Yu Choy, Bitter melon, and gailan (guy-lahn).
Herbs were important to the Chinese people, especially during the Han Dynasty. Cilantro, parsley, onion, garlic, and especially ginger are some of the more common herbs used in Chinese cooking.
When it comes to sauces, China is home to soy sauce, which is made from fermented soy beans and wheat. Oyster sauce, transparent rice vinegar, chili, Chinkiang black rice vinegar, fish sauce and fermented tofu (furu) are also widely used. A number of sauces are based on fermented soybeans, including Hoisin sauce, ground bean sauce and yellow bean sauce. Spices and seasonings such as fresh root ginger, garlic, scallion, white pepper, and sesame oil are widely used in many regional cuisines. Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, and cloves are also used. To provide extra flavors to dishes, many Chinese cuisines also contain dried Chinese mushrooms, dried baby shrimps, dried tangerine peel,and dried Sichuan chillies as well.
Jury is out on the restaurants that serve the best chinese food that is wholesome, hygienic, fresh and served in nice environment. High street restaurants are probably no match for restaurants located in 5 star hotels as eating in a 5 star hotel restaurants has other advantages like valet parking, big toilets, nice lobby and you are not scared of who you run in to.
High street chinese restaurants might not sound very chic; but some of these restaurants have learnt to provide as good quality of food as you get in a 5 star hotel at probably half the price.
Let us rate Chinese restaurants in 2 categories.
1. My Humble House @ ITC Maurya Hotel
2. Taipan @ The Oberoi
3. House of Ming @ Taj Mahal
4. The China Kitchen @ Hyatt Regency
5. Empress of China @ Hilton
1. Sidewok Khan Market
2. Mainland China GK-2
3. Kylin @ Ambience Mall
3. Delhi Gymkahana Club
4. Chi @ Select Citywalk Mall