Chinese food is among the most common cuisines in the world. During the Chinese diaspora, many Chinese fragmented and settled in different parts of the world. Inevitably their culture got woven with the local culture and introduced a symbiotic state of living and celebration.
Famous psychologist and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Gustav Jung once said “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Macroscopic same analogy can be drawn in favor of two cultures coming under the same roof.
Back in the 19th Century, Chinese people from Hakka region settled in Kolkata. They built their universe around them, and that was welcomed by the local Kolkatans alike. So when they introduced their version of the Chinese food, this “new” version won hearts of the locals, and the news started crossing borders, spreading to other cities. No sooner this version of Desi version of Chinese food took the whole nation by storm. The Chinese cuisine started adapting to the local culture – thus, unsurprisingly, you have the Chinese BhelPuri, Chinese dhokla, Chinese samosa, etc.
Today when we order Chinese food online from any affordable Chinese restaurant what we get to taste is a fusion version, which probably bears little resemblance to the authentic Chinese food. The fusion version or the Desi Chinese cuisine usually looks quintessentially dark reddish or brownish, which is due to the addition of ingredients such as the fiery and spicy schezwansauce, soya sauce, and likewise. Other ingredients also commonly included vinegar, black pepper, tomato sauce and likewise.
There are few dishes in India which are ordered on every occasion, such as the Chilli Chicken, Honey Chilli Potato, Veg Manchurian, Chowmein, Plain veg or Schezwan fried rice, springs which are not even authentic Chinese.
With soy sauce marinade adding to the Chinese element, Chilli Chicken is undeniably the most popular Chinese recipe in India and definitely a party-starter!
Interesting Fact – manchurian was introduced to Mumbai in 1975 and made of typical Indian ingredients such as garlic, chilli, ginger, with a touch of soya sauce. This dish comes in many types such as gobi Manchurian, paneer Manchurian, mixed vegetable manchurian etc.
Chowmein, referred to as Chau-meing in Chinese, is usually served pan-fried and is probably the most favourite choice among kids and youths. The earliest written record of noodles was found during the Han dynasty (206 BC).
Chopsuey is more like western meeting eastern fusion food and my personal favorite. It is believed to have been invented by the Chinese Americans. Served with greens like lettuce or cabbage and capsicum, Chopsuey (usually referred to as American Chopsuey) holds a sweet & sour taste.
ChūnJuǎn or Springs rolls are semi-crispy round-shaped golden-fried rolls, usually tapered at both ends. The Indian version is served loaded with veggies with chow mein. Schezwan noodles or fried are most preferred delicacy served with the fiery red spicy sauce, and gives a mouth-watering experience.
No matter which cuisine’s your favorite, rest assured, Chinese has a certain go-to appeal. Whether it’s a last minute party order, or savior for cooking gone wrong, order Chinese food online which is available just a click away.
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