We all know of so-called Chinese dishes like hakka noodles or manchurian, which one doesn’t even get in China! One hardly knows about actual Chinese cuisine until one visits China. But let’s try and get to know this cuisine better!
The Chinese cuisine has Eight Culinary Traditions, and we can’t cover all together, so let’s look at the lesser known Cantonese cuisine for now!
Cantonese or the Gunandong cuisine is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of the Chinese Cuisine. It traditionally originates from Guangzhou, which is the provincial capital of the country. This is the cuisine one gets in Hong Kong too. So what are some of the dishes under the Cantonese cuisine? Let’s find out!
Lo Bak Go: Turnip Cakes
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Well, cakes aren’t always sweet! Turnip cakes are savoury cakes, eaten mainly during the Chinese new year. They are made by pan-frying pressed daikon turnips and rice flour. When cooked, the outside is crispy and crunchy, but the inside is soft. It is garnished with spring onions. An absolute treat for vegetarians!
Congee: Chinese Daliya
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Congee is the most common and popular breakfast dish of China, and you are sure to find it in any hotel. It is similar to rice porridge. But it also comes with tiny side dishes which range from pickled vegetables, to roast meat to eggs. The side dishes are mixed with the Congee depending upon your choice. A great way to start the day!
Xiao Long Bao: Soup Dumplings
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Who doesn’t love dumplings? These soup dumplings are just delicious. They are extra juicy, and come with an extra punch of hot broth. Again, they can be stuffed with anything! The wrapper of these dumplings is very thin, so that makes it slightly difficult to eat them with chopsticks.
Siu Mei: Roast Goose
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This is a barbequed meat dish. The roast goose has a moist and succulent flesh, with a crisy and crunchy skin. It is glazed with a sauce containing soy sauce, garlic, scallions and honey. A crispy, crunchy yet soft treat!
Cheong Fun: Rice Noodle Rolls
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This is a steamed dim sum dish. They have a ropey shape, so they are also called ‘intestine noodles’. Thin sheets of white rice noodles are wrapped around a savoury filling. This filling can range from shrimp, fish, pork, chicken, beef to vegetables.
When’s the Cantonese treat at home?