How to Find a Chinese Restaurant
Chinese restaurants are more popular than ever these days. There are many reasons for this. The increase in tourism to China and the wide choice of Chinese cuisine available there have both lead to more people dabbling in making their own versions of Chinese food. It has also meant that Chinese restaurants are able to cater for a much larger market than they could previously.
Chinese food is a significant aspect of Chinese culture and includes cuisines originated from the many different regions of China and also from Overseas Chinese who have come to live in Western countries. Many Chinese foods are influenced by the original farming and fishing techniques from early times, with a greater emphasis on using long, plain pots rather than frying pans, and using ingredients from the local area where they were raised. For example, Chinese restaurants will often serve Kung Pao Chicken (which is made from a prawn or chicken fillet marinated in Chinese spices and fried in hot oil) and Lo mian (traditional Chinese sweet dish) made of stir fried spring onions and ho mung (pickled Chinese cucumbers). Other authentic food dishes include Szechwan style noodles (which can be served as a starter dish or eaten as an ordinary meal) and wheat flour soup (sometimes called booze).
These classic Chinese dishes make an excellent starter dishes. Of course, you might be interested in trying other types of authentic dishes. One of these is called “xi long” – literally “the big mouth”. In this dish, steamed white-beans are simmered with onions and chives and served with a sauce of soy and white vinegar, prepared using black pepper. Another very popular option is bao zi – literally “poisonous apple”. This is prepared to use half a pound of steamed white beans and mixed with a variety of herbs, garlic and scallions.
If you would like to try more contemporary Chinese, authentic food, then the best option for you is to try the hot and sour chicken. This dish consists of a half dozen small pieces of chicken, battered lightly with sauce and then deep-fried. It is often served with steamed white-beans. Another popular option for Chinese restaurant food is the fried rice cake – this is prepared by mixing cooked white rice with vinegar, soy and white pepper, which give it a sweet and sour taste and is very tasty.
At some Chinese restaurants, they also offer yam vegetable dishes such as egg rolls and crab cakes. They serve either steamed or pan fried yam and crab cakes. You can also order up to three other side dishes, which include grilled vegetables, spring rolls, roasted chicken and seafood such as crab, squid and octopus. Many Chinese restaurants also serve dim sum – a special dessert consisting of mini meats and vegetables that are usually garnished with Chinese coins.
Most Chinese restaurants also offer Hong Kong style food. This includes dishes such as bao, char kway tea and fried chicken. The most popular dish in this category is probably the fried chicken. Other popular Chinese foods that are seen in most restaurants are wheat rolls, baht bao, char kway teo, seafood dumplings and Hong Kong styled noodles such as Chinese noodles.
Chinese restaurants are generally known to offer high quality food with a great deal of authenticity. However, it is important to be aware that not all restaurants serving this kind of cuisine are true Chinese restaurants – in fact, many of them are just fake Chinese restaurants that have been made to look and taste Chinese. There are also fake Chinese restaurants that are run by Chinese immigrants that do not even speak English – so, be careful when selecting your Chinese restaurant.
The internet is a great resource to help you find a Chinese restaurant near you. You will probably find a lot of such restaurants through the review websites, especially those that specialize in food. You will also find such review websites on the actual restaurant’s website, or sometimes even through email. However, be cautious about websites that ask for payment (before you can access their information), as these are probably scams.