Tour de Food: China
Chinese Food Fun Facts:
- The creation of ice cream took place in China around 2000 BC!
- The Chinese traditionally eat soup as their last course because it help the main course of roast duck "swim" toward digestion.
- The Chinese take in three times the amount of fiber per day than the average American. They also eat more calories per day than Americans, but they are less obese.
Now on to the dishes!
Cha Shui (Chinese Pork Appetizer): Pork tenderloin marinated in hoisin sauce and sherry, grilled and sliced.
Sweet and Sour Duck: This recipe cooks more quickly and easily than the length of the recipe would suggest. It is very popular in many Oriental restaurants.
Shrimp with Peanuts: Rice vinegar is a light, mellow and mildly tangy vinegar brewed from rice. Do not use brands that are not brewed or that are seasoned with salt and sugar. Cider vinegar can be used as a substitution for rice vinegar.
Tasty Sweet and Sour Chicken: The apricot fruit spread and mandarin oranges create the sweet and the vinegar creates the sour in this heavenly chicken stir fry dish.
Chinese New Year Sweet Rice: This is a traditional Chinese sweet rice recipe that is usually served for the Chinese New Year.
Asian Ginger Glazed Pork: Cashews, kidney shaped nuts with a sweet, buttery flavor, add a nice crunch to this dish.
Egg Foo Yong Oven Pancake: A different take on the classic Chinese restaurant item calls for ramen noodles, mushrooms, eggs, and flavorful seasonings.
Three-Spice Wok Oil: Use this flavorful oil to add real spice to your Asian cooking.
Moo Shu Beef: Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark brown sauce made from soybeans, flour, sugar, spices, garlic, and salt. It has a sweet, spicy flavor.
Won Tons: A staple in Chinese cooking, these meat-filled dumplings are deep fried in oil for a crispy outside.