The usual mainstays of a typical Chinese recipe include vegetables, noodles, rice and tofu.Though to many it may seem that the cuisine has less to offer to vegetarians, but it is not true.Cooked through a variety of methods and with different sauces, each recipe offers a unique flavour to its savorer.Vegetables like watercress are used mainly in salads in the west. But cooking it the Chinese way will make you relish it like a vegetable.Usually vegetables like runner beans, aubergines, sprouts or peppers are cooked briefly over high heat, to retain both their nutrients and fresh flavour. Watch video in link below
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A single recipe can give you a mix of flavours and textures and that is what Chinese cooking is all about.For instance you can begin by heating a small quantity of oil to a pan. Once it is moderately hot, add the vegetables stir fry. Then add flavourings. Cover and cook for a while making sure the veggies do not lose their crispiness. Then serve or finish with some Chinese sauce such as Szechwan or Sichuan, sweet and sour, black bean sauce etcA beautiful mix of natural juices in oil and flavourings cooked in a combination of stir fry and steam makes the recipe healthy (low calorie)Even when it comes to ingredients there are several replacements possible.For instance if using dried mushrooms don’t remain stuck solely to it many recipes make way for replacement with other varieties such as straw, abalone and button mushrooms as they all add flavour to Chinese dishes.