in China, food and its preparation has been developed so highly that it has achieved the status of an art form. Rich and poor, the Chinese believe that delicious and nutritious food is a basic need. An old Chinese proverb there is “food is the first necessity of the people”.
this art has been cultivated and refined for hundreds of years. The legend says that the Chinese cuisine culture originated in the 15TH century during the Shang dynasty and was originally introduced by Yi Yin, his Prime Minister.
the two prevailing philosophies of Chinese culture had extreme influences in the political and economic history of the country, but it is less known that also influenced the development of the culinary arts.
Confucio emphasized artistic and social aspects of cooking and eating. The Chinese do not meet without the participation of food – is considered bad tag to invite friends to your home without adequate food supplies.
Confucio established rules of table and kitchen label, most remain to this day. The most obvious example of this is cutting small pieces of meat and vegetables in the course of preparing food in the kitchen, instead of a knife on the table that is not considered good manners.
Confucio also encouraged the mixture of ingredients and aromas to become a consistent dish, rather than test the individual components. Harmony was its priority. He believed and taught that without harmony of ingredients could be without flavor. He also emphasized the importance of the presentation and the use of color, texture and decoration of a dish. Most importantly, Cook became an art rather than a task to be supported and certainly played a decisive role in the enactment of the philosophy of “live to eat” instead of “eat to live”.
on the other hand, Tao encouraged research in aspects of nutrition food and cuisine. Rather than focus is in the taste and appearance, Taoist were more interested in the properties givers of life of them food.
centuries, the Chinese have discovered the properties of all kinds of roots, herbs, mushrooms and plants healthy. They have taught the world that the nutritional value of vegetables is destroyed by overcooking (particularly of boiling) and have also found that a great-tasting things also have medicinal value.
Chinese food home is extremely healthy, although much of it is fried. This is because the use of polyunsaturated oils (used once and discarded) and the exclusion of products dairy. In addition the inclusion of animal fat is minimal because they are small portions of meat.