Chinese Noodle Dishes – Not Just a Theme Food

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Chinese noodles are a key ingredient and core staple in Chinese cooking. Chinese noodles range widely based on their shape, ingredients, width or length, and method of preparation. They are a fundamental part of all local, regional and international cuisines in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and other nations with large foreign-Chinese populations. In fact, when it comes to noodles, Chinese are arguably some of the healthiest foods in the world. While they are high in fat and cholesterol, studies show that they help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease in Chinese people. The same is also true when it comes to their ability to lower blood pressure and prevent strokes.

Chinese noodle dishes often come in the form of rice, which is where their main similarity ends. However, it should be noted that there are important differences between these two staples. Most, if not all, Chinese restaurants will serve noodles in a variety of different ways based upon their region and the Chinese who created them. In the United States, they are typically served with meat, vegetables and a sauce of some kind. Let’s examine some of the most popular types of noodles in Chinese restaurants in the United States.

An Overview

A bowl filled with pasta and broccoli on a plate

Noodles in the United States are typically served alongside one or more main dishes. For example, dumplings and stir fry dishes – usually chicken – are accompanied by vegetables. Chinese vegetable dishes such as jasmine rice and broccoli are accompanied by beef and pork. Some noodle dishes may also contain noodles alongside a sauce of some kind, such as hot and sour, sweet and sour, or a mild red chili sauce.

Chinese noodles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The standard size is quite small, often only being able to hold a few grains of rice. Larger varieties are usually large enough to hold several servings of noodles. They can be served with a variety of different fillings, including meat, seafood and vegetables. For instance, many Chinese restaurants will replace the typical egg roll with a doughnut-sized version. There are typically many different fillings available for a doughnut noodle, including chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables and cheese.

Chinese Noodle Dishes

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Historically, Chinese noodles were first originated in northern China. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that demonstrates that noodle dishes were in existence as early as the Han Dynasty. They were first used for cooking by emperors and were used for a variety of other purposes as well. It was through China’s dependence on exports that the noodles spread across the world and developed into the widely popular dishes that we now know as Chinese noodle dishes. The dishes themselves originated from several different regions of China.

The most common dishes include the classic white wine soybean paste noodles, as well as the classic beef, wheat and egg dishes. In addition, you’ll also find versions that feature rice and fish, or spring rolls, wontons and vegetables. Unlike other types of Chinese food, you will rarely see versions that feature meats such as beef, lamb or duck as the primary ingredient. Most of these dishes are more vegetarian in nature, relying more on vegetables and spices to give them their signature flavor.

Chinese noodles are not only made out of flour. In fact, most of the ingredients used to prepare Chinese food actually come from corn or soybean starch. Most common ingredients for these noodles are rice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, star anise, spring onions, garlic, rice wine and sugar. The noodles themselves come in various shapes and sizes as well, including the long, thin wheat ones or wide, round noodles. It’s up to you whether you want to use your traditional Chinese cooking methods to make these noodles or let the Chinese noodle recipes do all the work for you.

In The End

Another popular dish that you will commonly find when dining out with Chinese friends is dim sum. This is served in a special wooden bowl called a dim sum steamer that looks a little like a large tea pot. There are actually many different types of steaming devices, but what you will find is that the wooden one is the most commonly used. Dim sum usually consists of four basic ingredients: meat (the main ingredient being pork), vegetables (with the exception of mushrooms which are rarely added), salt and white wine. You can find this dish almost anywhere in the world, but it’s most popular in Asia and China. The great thing about this dish is that the meat and vegetables are cooked at the same time so you don’t have to worry about over cooked or raw vegetables when ordering it.

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