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Chili sauce, Hot Garlic Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Szechuan Chilies, Sesame Oil, Garlic, Ginger,
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Chinese Medicine Cuisine
||Yin and Yang principles are famous in China
and has also been incorporated in the food. So most foods are classified into the yin
and yang qualities. The Chinese believe that when the yin and yang
forces in the body are not in balance, disease result. Proper amounts of food of one kind
or the other may then be administered (i.e., eaten) to achieve the yin and yang
|.Chinese medicinal cuisine
has a long history in China. This cuisine is based on Chinese herbs and other foods that
are based on Chinese medical knowledge. This cuisine is unique because although it
is health/medicinal food it is also very delicious. To cook medicinal food, the cook has
to know the knowledge of vast varieties of foods, each having its own unique properties
and tastes. Generally, processed herbal materials are more commonly used in order to avoid
strong odors. However, individuals of different physical status need to select different
herbs. The selection of herbs will depend on each individual's condition of health. Due to
its herbal nature, it is in serious conditions to take medicinal food according to the
Traditionally this type of food
was very popular in Beijing with the dynasties and officials of the past. The most famous
official who patronized this food was Tan Zongling of the Qing Dynasty.
There are hundreds of dishes that are medicated with such
choice tonic materials as ginseng, deer musk, bears paw, Chinese wolf berry and
soft-shelled turtle, the cream of the crop of Chinese medicine.
|In the cooking of medicinal
food, slow cooking methods such as stewing, braising and simmering are usually used in
order to extract more of the herbs' healing properties.
Typical medicine cuisine:
-Baby Pigeon Stewed with Gouqi (Medlar) and Huangqi (Membranous Milk Vetch);
-Pork Simmered with Lotus Seed and lily;
-Pig's Kidney Stewed with Eucommia Bark.
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