Chinese food and 15 facts that will surprise you

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Chinese food is one of the most famous food in he world, it is a little bit different when comes to a country in order to match the locals’ taste; so that you may rarely or never taste the authentic Chinese food. The 15 facts below will surely surprise you.

1 Variety of Flavors

There are 5  traditional flavors in chinse cuisine, they are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy. According to, the medical cuisine of China each flavor has its own utility correspondent to 5 elements of nature Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, Metal. The dominant flavor in the meal varies across China such as in Sichuan, the cookers would like to add numbing spiciness, Hongkong, in contrast, like sweet and savory.

2 The Chinese don’t just eat rice

When talking about  Asian food, people always say: “Rice”, but you may not know that in the colder region, for example, the north China, people prefer wheat rather than rice.  You should try some dishes made from wheat like dim sum, wheat noodles, hand-pull noddles, steamed buns, and stuffed buns.  In contrast, the southern seems to love eating bowls of rice or rice noodles in almost every meal with vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, etc. wheat, instead, is served only in special occasions.

Chinese food via Mental Floss

3 Eat everything move

People often get shocked when they know what Chinese eat. From snakes, rats, cat, to dog, heart, liver, kidney, intestine to lung, boiled blood.

4 A lot of vegetables

The Chinese love vegetable, the amount of vegetable consumed in a meal in China is far more than that in the west.  The flavor of an authentic Chinese meal is always fresh, light and balance between yin-yang.

5 Various vegetable

You read about how chines people eat meat and get shocked! Crazy variety is not just about meat but also about vegetable in this country.  Creative chiefs use pomeloes, tree fungi, bitter cucumber, mint, boletus mushroom,…..as the main ingredients or just spices in the dishes. There are thousands of weed-like plants from mountain to plateau are waiting for you to try.

6 Fresh, fresh, and fresh

Open-air markets are where live animal, fresh materials are sold. They abound in China, they go to the market every day. Fridge freezers are catching on but fresh food is a must. Tins and canned food are not preferred.  According to medical food culture, it must be balanced between yin-yang in daily meal, however, this balance may adjust a little bit depends on season. For example, the winter in the north of China is so cold that cookers likely to use more hot spicy (Yang flavor)

7 Bone slowly cooked.

Chinese don’t like waste, the whole animal is utilized to make the most mouth-watering meal. Eg; fish are not filleted, head and bones are kept intact. With special recipe, bones are sometimes so soft to chew. Chinese believes that meat near the bones is most nutritious, bones are often slowly cooked to make broth or split it to release marrow.

Frog-leg via The Spruce

8 Everything should be bite-size because of chopstick eating

Traditionally, a fork or knife are not used in a Chinese meal, instead, they use chopsticks, as food is quite soft and the chopsticks are not actually chop the food should be bite-size pieces.

9 Billions of pairs of chopsticks

The Chinese use average 2 -3 pairs of chopstick per month, population is 1,3billions. It is easy to calculate how many pairs of chopsticks the nation use a year. What a huge number!

10 Loads of recipes for the same thing to make thousands of dishes

There are various ways to cook a Chinese dish, for example, a duck could be steam with a lot of medical herbs, roasted, boiled, slow-cooked, deep-fried, being dipped in soy sauce, or sweet and savory sauce, chili sauce, ….

11 Food decoration is amazing

It is believed that the first bit is with your eyes, Chinese chief is superior in decorating their dish. They are served in precise pattern of lifelike shape, intricate vegetable carving and even decorated with a lot of herbs.

Mooncake via Pinterest

12 Interesting names

“Husband-wife lung slices”, “Ants climbing tree”, you shock because of cannibalism, or thinking of ants-shape dishes. No, they are just bovine lung and vermicelli with spicy pork. So don’t be so shocked next time visit China.

13 Food is a symbol

Chinese also would like to attach special meaning to foods based on ingredients, shape, story, flavor and even region where they are born. For example, “Changshu” noodles mean to live a long life because it is a very long yarn of noodles. A rounded mooncake represents a reunion family in mid-autumn, it is also  like full-moon.

14 Dish is for share

In Chinese, all dishes must be placed in the middle of the table and people sit around it with their own bowls. A meal presents for the union of a family so that separation never exists

15 Guest first

Chinese are hospitality, the guest will seat at the table’s head where is furthest from the door with all dishes heading to the guest.

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