From China to Thailand, Japan to India, the cuisines of Asian origin are as
fascinating as they are delicious.
Let’s start with Chinese cuisine: The Chinese people enjoy eating good food at all levels of society so cooking has developed into a very sophisticated art form. There are naturally many kinds of Chinese food from North to South, East to West. Famous dishes include Peking duck, Shanghai noodles, Szechuan soup and Guangdong dumplings. Many Chinese dishes are cooked with less meat and more vegetables, so the foods contain lower calories and are less rich than Western style food. Vegetables stay bright and crisp by cooking them for a short time over high heat, either in their own juice or in a small amount of water. This method retains most of the vitamins and minerals, giving you a very healthy and enjoyable meal.
Thai cuisine: Although primarily thought of as a single cuisine, Thai food is really divided into four major regional styles that relate to the four main regions of Thailand: Northern, Northeastern, Central and Southern. For example southern curries tend to have coconut milk and fresh turmeric ingredients, while northeastern dishes like to include lime juice as an ingredient. Over the years Thai Food has incorporated properties of Chinese stir fries and Indian curries while maintaining its own unique flavours, using only fresh (not dried) herbs, spices and fish sauces. Thai food is extremely popular in many Western countries, not only because of the taste and flavours but because of the fresh healthy approach to food and the way it is prepared.
Indian cuisine: This style of cuisine has been around for at least 3000 years and of course has changed much over the years. The use of many different herbs and spices make each dish quite unique. Each different region in India is known for it’s wide selection of recipes, cooking styles and tastes. Food is such an important part of Indian culture and plays an important role in the family life. There are always a couple of main courses and they are served with different pickles, chutneys and different types of Indian bread.
Japanese cuisine: If we asked you to think of one Japanese food, what comes to your mind? Sushi probably. With Japanese restaurants and Sushi bars popping up all over the world these days, Japanese food is no longer considered as one of the world’s unsolved mysteries. With rice and abundant marine products at it’s mainstream, the traditional Japanese diet is impressively low in cholesterol, fat and calories and is high in fibre. No wonder Japanese people have a high longevity rate.
So there you have a quick round up of some of the more popular cuisines on the Asian map. We have many fantastic restaurants that feature these exciting cuisines, so I hope you will be tempted to go out and try some.