Six Highly Nutritious Foods Commonly Used In Chinese Cooking

Traditional Chinese cooking focuses more on having more vegetables than meat and because of this, it is considered a healthy way of eating. It also fosters a variety of crisp and colorful vegetables that can be a part of a healthy recipe. The following are some of the popular Chinese cooking herbs, spices, and ingredients that can assist you in choosing the right flavors to your Chinese meals, if you are interested in learning how to cook Chinese recipes at home

1. Mushroom

As one of the more highly popular Chinese cooking ingredients that can add more taste to your recipes, mushrooms are very easy to find that you can buy in markets. Some of them can actually be bought right after they’re harvested from their natural environment. You can also use dried mushrooms for your stir fried recipes and for soups and stew.

2. Tofu

Bean curd or tofu is also a very commonly used ingredient in Chinese cooking and is widely used in vegetarian recipes. This type of food originated in China and is now a very popular recipe ingredient in a lot of Asian diets. This food possesses little smell or flavor and prior to use one should drain it to allow it to absorb the spices and flavors of the other ingredients in the dish. For vegans and vegetarians, it is usually a replacement for meat since it is considered to be a good source of iron and protein but low in fat and calories. Because tofu is soft and tender, it can be easily digested.

3. Bok Choy

Another commonly used vegetable in Chinese cooking and a very popular food throughout the world. Bok Choy is a vegetable commonly used in stir-fried dishes, soups, and stews

4. Dried fungus

This is one dried ingredient commonly used in Chinese cooking. Dried fungus is commonly used in stir-fry cooking and is often cooked with onions, celery, chicken, and tofu. Its size is small when you buy it in the market, but it expands after you soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes. After they are soaked, you can cook them along with the other ingredients.

5. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most popular spices used not only in Chinese cooking but in other dishes throughout the world. Because of its biting, pungent, and aromatic flavor, it is one of the most basic flavorings in Chinese cooking. At times, instead of fennel, ginger is included in the five-spice powder. Besides enhancing flavor to your food, ginger also provides certain benefits to health such as its ability to prevent nausea and motion sickness, and in fostering good digestion.

6. The five-spice powder

One of the very popular ingredients in Chinese cooking, five-spice powder is usually utilized as food seasoning which you can include to your dish like pepper. Five-spice powder, as its name indicates, is comprised of five spices that typically include cloves, cinnamon, fennel, start anise, and Szechuan peppercorn. This powder is typically used as seasoning for fatty meats as well as in vegetarian recipes.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.