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Characteristics of Chinese Food


Chinese cuisine has its origin in China and it is one of the most popular cuisines throughout the world. The Chinese not only love to eat but they also love to cook. The Chinese considers food as the first necessity compared to cloth and shelter. Chinese cuisine is rich and colorful. The cuisine is not only tasty but it is also a work of art appreciated by people around the world.

Color, smell and taste are the three important characteristics of real Chinese cuisine. Each category is further divided into five types. Attractive appearance of the

Chinese food increases the appetite. Chinese give a lot of importance to the aesthetics of food. Red, yellow, white, blue and black are the prime colors that is used in the food. The main principle of Chinese food is to have a bright and harmonious color. The color of the dish arouses appetite of people. The Cuisine is also decorated with different colors to give a final touch to the food. Chinese give a lot of importance in maintaining the natural color and freshness to their foods.

The Chinese give a lot of importance to the smell of food. Chinese dishes specially have five different aromas. Five spices are Chinese cinnamon, clove, chilly, fennel and aniseed. These species help in creating a pleasant smell of non-vegetable foods like fish and mutton. They also use garlic, ginger, sesame oil, shallot and a special type of cooking wine to add a good flavor to their foods. The Spices increase appetite and they give their best efforts to remove any odd smells from their foods. Chinese foods are colorful and every dish is prepared with three to four different colors.

The Soul of Chinese food lies in its great taste depending on the choice of the person. Chinese taste can be of five different types namely bitter, sour, salty, hot and sweet. Different regions in China have different tastes in their food. People inhabiting the southern part prefer having sweet dishes. They add a lot of sugar in their food. One of the famous sweet foods of this region is "Jiangsu" and it is one of the famous eight cuisines in Chinese food. Eastern food is characterized with hot taste, Sour taste for the west and salty for the northern region. People-inhabiting regions of Gubei, Guizhou, Hunan and Sichuan add lots of Chilly giving the taste of spice in their food. Northern people and people in the regions of Guangxi, Shanxi and Fujian go for foods with sour flavor.

Chinese foods consist of a number of Cold and delicious hot dishes. The foods are prepared in different way and served on different occasions. The aroma, wonderful taste and diversified colors make Chinese food as one of the best Cuisines in the world. It will not be wrong to say that marvelous taste and appearance of the Cuisines contributes to a rich part in their food culture. Chinese cuisine is popular and people consider it as the best Cuisine through out the world. It is enjoyed by more than one third of the world population.



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