Chinese Cuisine

     China’s immense size has allowed it to foster many different types of Chinese cuisine (around 5, 000).  Besides taste, Chinese cuisine places great importance on color and smell as well.  The cutting of the ingredients is also very specific in Chinese cooking.  In fact, there are many cutting styles in Chinese cooking, each with a specific name of classification.  Some examples of these names are “pian”, which refers to a flat slice, and “ding”, which refers to small cube cut. 

     The four main cuisines of China are Guangdong(Cantonese) cuisine, Shandong cuisine, Huaiyang cuisine, and Sichuan cuisine. Guangdong cuisine is also called Yue Cai.  This cuisine is known for its wide variety of ingredients and its dim sum. Shandong cuisine is also called Lu Cai.  This cuisine is known for its seafood.  Huaiyang cuisine is also known as Huaiyang Cai.  It focuses on the ingredients themselves and the quality of them.  Finally, Sichuan cuisine, or Chuan Cai, is known for its strong, spicy flavor and use of the Sichuan pepper. 

     Chinese food in general is very healthy, because it is never served with just meat, or just rice.  Instead, Chinese food, when served, always includes small amounts of rice and meat, and large amounts of vegetables, topped off with lots of spices.  This creates a balanced diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

Greek Cuisine

 

     Ever since Alexander the Great extended the Greek Empire toIndiain 350 B.C.E., Greek food has been a unique mix of many countries’ cuisines.  Yes, Greek food does have its own unique taste, but a lot of it has been influenced by different Eurasian cuisines, such as that of India and Rome. 

     Ingredients that are often used in Greek food are olive oil, bread, wine, cheese, and nuts.  Spices and herbs are also used very often, which is the reason for the strong flavor that exists in many Greek delicacies. 

    Greek food is one of the cuisines included in the Mediterranean Diet.  For thoseof you who don’t know, the Mediterranean Diet is a type of diet that is recommended by doctors.  According to experts, this type of diet reduces the risk of heart disease because of its large emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and spices.  So whenever you’re eating Greek food, just remember, it’s healthy for you.