Chinese food and the way it is prepared is very much
influenced by the two major philosophies. These dominant
philosophies are Confucianism and Taoism. Both have
these philosophies have influenced the way that the
Chinese people cook and the way that they enjoy their
Confucianism and Chinese Cuisine
Confucius was the man behind the Confucianism beliefs.
Among many other standards Confucius established
standards for proper table etiquette and for the
appearance and taste of Chinese food. One of the
standards set by Confucius (you might have noticed this
at an authentic Chinese restaurant) is that food must be
cut into small bite size pieces before serving the dish.
This is a custom that is definitely unique to the
Knives at the dinner table are also considered to be a
sign of very poor taste by those who embrace
Confucianism beliefs. The standards of taste and quality
that Confucius advocated required the perfect blend of
ingredients, herbs and condiments--a blend which would
result in the perfect blending of flavor. Confucius also
emphasized the importance of the texture and color of a
dish, and taught that food must be prepared and eaten
with harmony. Interestingly enough, Confucius was also
of the opinion that an excellent cook must first make an
Taoism and Chinese Cuisine
Those who follow the Taoism beliefs focus on the health
benefits of particular foods vs. the presentation of the
same. Taoists search for foods that will increase their
health and longevity. They search for foods that have
healing powers. Many times these benefits were often
referred to as ‘life giving powers’. For instance, the
Chinese found that ginger, which can be considered to be
a garnish or a condiment was found to be a remedy for
upset stomachs or a remedy for colds.
Is Chinese Food Healthy?
Chinese food, when authentic is probably the healthiest
food in the world. Some restaurants, which are not
authentic, prepare their menu with highly saturated fats
or with meats that contain unhealthy amounts of animal
fat. These Chinese restaurants are not recommended and
they are both neither authentic nor healthy.
Good Chinese food however, is prepared and cooked with
poly-unsaturated oils. Authentic Chinese food does not
require the use of milk-fat ingredients such as cream,
butter or cheese. Meat is used, but not in abundance,
which makes it easy for those who love authentic Chinese
food to avoid high levels of animal fat. Many believe
that authentic Chinese food is really the ideal diet.
In Myrtle Beach you are going to find Asian culinary
dishes that are healthy, delicious, authentic and
Americanized. Savor the flavor with Chinese food while
on vacation in Myrtle Beach! .
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