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Chinese Food Terms
The following are some popular terms related to Chinese food:
Chop Suey: Chop suey is a dish comprised of meat or seafood and vegetables such as mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. The ingredients are stir-fried and are served on rice. This is a Chinese-American recipe.
Chow Mein: Chow mein includes meat or seafood and vegetables such as mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. The ingredients are stir-fried and are served on egg noodles. This is a Chinese-American recipe.
Dim Sum: Dim sum is a late morning or afternoon meal consisting of small finger foods. A dim sum menu could include items such as dumplings, rolls, and pastries. These foods are usually accompanied by tea. Dim sum means "heart’s delight".
Hoisin: Hoisin is a sauce common in Asian cuisine. It is made from soybeans that have been fermented. Hoisin sauce is dark brown and is sweet and rich. This sauce is often used as a basic ingredient for other sauces.
Lo Mein: Lo mein is a dish comprised of meat or seafood stir-fried with noodles and vegetables, usually bean sprouts and scallions.
Wonton: A wonton is a thin doughy wrapper. This term also refers to dumplings stuffed with meat or seafood and vegetables. They are then fried or steamed. Wontons are a common dim sum menu item. One particular type of wonton is a pot sticker.
Szechuan: Szechuan is actually a province in China, so Szechuan recipes are tailored after cooking methods of this region. Szechuan food is usually spicy and hot.
Teriyaki: This is actually a Japanese cooking method that often finds its way onto Chinese food menus. Teriyaki dishes are marinated in a special sauce that usually includes soy sauce, ginger, and sugar.
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CHINESE-FOOD IN/NEAR PORTLAND
Whether you want late-night delivery or a gourmet dim sum experience, you’ll likely find dozens if not hundreds of Chinese restaurants in your area. But how do you choose one from another? These questions will help.
Do you cater more towards take out or dining in?
Asian buffets and dim sum restaurants may have a better dining atmosphere and higher-quality servers. Establishments that focus on delivery and take out may have your food delivered faster and at later hours. Choose the restaurant accordingly.
Do you have healthy menu options?
Some fried Chinese entrees have more than 1,000 calories. And egg rolls typically have about 200 calories each. Look for ways to maximize nutrition by getting that Japanese-inspired teriyaki sauce on the side, ordering brown rice instead of white, requesting low-sodium soy sauce, or asking to have your vegetables steamed. Some restaurants have a specific section for healthier recipes, or will cook your food in a wok with water instead of oil.
Can I make substitutions?
Chinese food is so versatile that you can easily swap out traditional ingredients for a recipe that better suits your taste, such as chow fun with chicken instead of beef, or spicy Sichuan pork with extra peppers. Just ask whether you can make the substitutions you want.
What appetizers and desserts do you serve?
Some of the tastiest Chinese dishes aren’t always the entrees, but rather the appetizers and sides. Wonton soup, egg rolls, crab puffs, and Chinese donuts can be ordered a la carte or as part of a family dinner.
What about Asian fusion options?
If you crave Thai curry, spicy tuna rolls and Vietnamese crepe with your Hunan beef, seek out a restaurant with a versatile menu that fuses Asian cuisines.