Chinese Food Culture

5877 WordsApr 25, 201124 Pages
Chinese food culture Though there are many different schools, branches, regional variants, etc., of Chinese cooking, together they constitute what one might reasonably term "Chinese Cooking", where "Chinese Cooking" is distinct from, say, "Italian Cooking". A nation's cooking culture reflects its food traditions, from the food-preparation and eating habits of the countryside to the food-preparation and eating habits of the city, notwithstanding the increasing introduction of foreign fare that is not only served in "foreign" restaurants in the city, but which today is also found in the freezer section of most supermarkets even in the countryside. In spite of these globalization tendencies, a large swath of any country's population will…show more content…
Other of these "medicinal" foodstuffs/ herbs are considered mildly toxic in other parts of the world, though their use in China does not seem to have caused alarm, which is of course what one would expect to have happened if they really were harmful. In sum, while "Chinese Cooking" combines several features that may be common to many other national cooking traditions, it embraces other features that set it distinctly apart from, for example, "Italian Cooking". [pic] Chinese Medicinal food Medicinal food, loosely defined, is food that can be used for dietetic therapy. It may be mildly toxic in a raw state, but is de-toxified via cooking (many common edible mushrooms are mildly toxic in a raw state). With respect to the medicinal foods of China, there lies a large body of traditional medical knowledge and cooking experience behind their use - the medicine of medicinal foods draws on the attraction of food (most people enjoy eating!) while the food of medicinal foods supports the power of medicine and turns "good medicine with a bitter taste" into "good medicine with a pleasant taste". Apart from its nutritional value, medicinal foods can also reduce the likelihood of - sometimes even cure - certain diseases, protect health, foster the maintenance of a good physique, etc., and
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