Since I’ve stayed in NY for more than two months, one of the great benefits is that I can enjoy top-notch cuisines from different countries around world. Well, every country has its own unique features. This week, I tasted three different flavors from three countries: American food, German food and my own country food.
In my older memories, the typical American food is hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, french fries, apple pie, fried chicken and so forth. But when I came here, I think there is slightly different with my previous cognition，what I mentioned above is just fast food, Brunch is popular here. So the picture shows to you is what I ate in Tom’s Restaurant located near Columbia University with my friends.
In my point of view, the food culture of America featured diversity, but the ”root” of American cuisine is from European dishes, Americans taste light, they like to eat raw, cold food, such as cold shake vegetables, meat tenderizer row, and the soup is not hot. The dishes taste is generally a little sweet and salty. Fried and roasted are used as the main way of cooking. Fresh meat, fish, vegetables are their staple food, like salad; and bread, noodles, rice are subsidiary food. Sweets like cakes,homemade pies, ice cream emerged as desserts. They also like to eat green beans, cucumbers, bean sprouts, mushrooms and other vegetables. In addition, meat and fish are delicately removed the bones, fish head, tail and spurs, just the same as the shelled prawns and crabs
While the German cuisine I first ate here is different from US:
Consumption of fresh food
Food taste salty and acerbi
Beer is necessary
Now it’s time to my favorite-Chinese Food, I LOVE IT!!!
The main difference between Chinese and America eating habits is that unlike, where everyone has their own plate of food, in China the dishes are placed on the table and everybody shares. If you are being treated by a Chinese host, be prepared for a ton of food. Chinese are very proud of their culture of food and will do their best to give you a taste of many different types of cuisine. A typical meal starts with some cold dishes, like boiled peanuts and smashed cucumber with garlic. These are followed by the main courses, hot meat and vegetable dishes. Finally soup is brought out, which is followed by the starchy “staple” food, which is usually rice or noodles or sometimes dumplings. Many Chinese eat rice (or noodles or whatever) last, but if you like to have your rice together with other dishes, you should say so early on.
Chinese cuisine is known as the four flavor and the eight major cuisines. The four flavors are: Shandong, Sichuan, Cantonese, Huaiyang. The eight major cuisines: Shandong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Hunan, Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Anhuicuisine, Cantonese and Fujian cuisine. My favorite is Sichuan cuisine.
Sichuan Cuisine, known often in the West as Szechuan Cuisine, is one of the most famous Chinese cuisines in the world. Characterized by its spicy and pungent flavor, Sichuan cuisine, prolific of tastes, emphasizes on the use of chili. Pepper and prickly ash also never fail to accompany, producing typical exciting tastes. Besides, garlic, ginger and fermented soybean are also used in the cooking process. Wild vegetables and animals are usually chosen as ingredients, while frying, frying without oil, pickling and braising are applied as basic cooking techniques. It cannot be said that one who does not experience Sichuan food ever reaches China.
If you eat Sichuan cuisine and find it too bland, then you are probably not eating authentic Sichuan cuisine. Chili peppers and prickly ash are used in many dishes, giving it a distinctively spicy taste, called ma in Chinese. It often leaves a slight numb sensation in the mouth. However, most peppers were brought to China from the Americas in the 18th century so you can thank global trade for much of Sichuan cuisine’s excellence. Sichuan hot pots are perhaps the most famous hotpots in the world, most notably the Yuan Yang （mandarin duck） Hotpot half spicy and half clear. The most I want to recommend is spicy dry pot,please don’t mistake hotpot for spicy dry pot. The former is just like a big pot with soup, the latter is just put shrimp, various of meat, seafood and vegetables in a pot and stir-fry, it’s really delicious, never miss it. You can have a try just in Flushing.