What You Should Know About Northern Chinese Cuisine

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Northern Chinese cuisine is the culinary tradition originated in the great Himalayan region of northeast China. Although most dishes originally came from Manchu food, it has also heavily influenced the cuisines of Russia, Beijing, Mongolia, and Tibet. This type of cooking gained fame especially during the Song Dynasty, when the royal family made it a point to collect all their favorite dishes and cook them in their own home kitchens. They even brought in foreign cooks to help improve the standard of their cuisine. Over the years, this type of cooking has gradually developed into one of the most popular cuisines in the world.

Involves Many Types Of Spices

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This type of cuisine involves using several thousands of types of spices and ingredients from all over the world. Some of these ingredients have become staples for their local markets, whereas others are only used in special dishes. These ingredients are usually not only expensive but also hard to find. It is for this reason that the chefs responsible for producing such high quality food make sure they can acquire all the ingredients they need at the lowest possible prices. They also make sure that they can prepare a variety of dishes for their customers.

Ma Dong

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The first layer of the rich history of Nanchghai cuisine consists of the “Ma Dong” (also pronounced as Ma Dong Teow). This is the common soup base which is prepared with vegetables, meat and noodles. This soup base is one of the most widely used ingredients in all sorts of Nanch Shanghai dishes. The most famous dishes that use this base are the famed hot and sour soup which is a must try for anyone visiting the city. Other traditional Nanch Shanghai dishes include the chicken rice and beef with broccoli soup which are both very popular.

Nanch Shanghai

Unlike the Szechwan style, everything that you see in Nanch Shanghai is either spicy or sweet. Although the number of spices being used are fewer, dishes that are served with less spice still manage to impress their taste buds. The Szechwan style is characterized by robust dishes and a lot more spices being used. However, the Northern Chinese takes it a bit further and there is almost no use of strong flavors at all. Most dishes are spicily flavored and this results in dishes which are very appealing to those who are not used to spicy food.

Apart from the base ingredients, frying is also very important in the Nanch Shanghai food. Fried dishes are fast and easy to cook and they help the food to retain its nutritional value. Soba noodles, for example, are very popular. These are thin rice noodles that are deep fried and are usually topped with vegetables, meat and herbs. The dish with the most number of sesame seeds is called the noodles with bean mixture. You will also find a lot of seafood in these dishes and all kinds of noodles are used.

Last Words

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, you might want to head over to the Wok Express in downtown Vancouver. Here you will find one of the most popular Chinese meals in the world, the wheat and beef stir fry. You can also find a vegetarian dish called the hot and sour pork dumpling which is prepared with corn and sour cream. This is just a small taste of what is available when it comes to the various dishes of this region of the world.

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