Our love of Chinese food in the UK goes back to the 50s and 60s when the UK public started getting the taste for oriental cuisine. Today, it is taken as guaranteed that there will be a great choice of Chinese restaurants and takeaways in every town and city in the country, as well as some smaller villages!
Chinese cuisine is much more than sweet and sour dishes, though these do still hold a place in our hearts as one of the most of all takeaway dishes – whether you want sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour pork or sweet and sour king prawns, for example, this is the ‘go-to’ dish range of every Chinese takeaway. Over time, the typical full battered sweet and sour dish has evolved, with many Chinese takeaways also offering Hong Kong style sweet and sour dishes which involves much less batter and so has an emphasis on the taste of the meat.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine, there isn’t the focus on heat and spices that you will find in traditional Indian cooking – whilst spices are used, they are much less in both taste and strength. Chinese food is all about fresh ingredients, with many dishes such as chop suey, for example containing some wonderful ingredients such as bamboo shoots, beansprouts and water chestnuts, all of which offer a healthy option. And, in addition to the classic meat dishes such as chicken, duck, pork and beef, Chinese cuisine is always rich in fish, with squid, prawns and a variety of other fish being used for more authentic Chinese dishes.
The whole dynamic of Chinese restaurants and takeaways has also evolved over time. For example, nowadays there is an explosion of ‘all you can eat’ Chinese buffets which are always popular, whilst supermarkets have also been developing extended ranges of ready-meal Chinese food. However, many would argue that nothing can compete with the taste and flavour of freshly cooked Chinese food, straight from the wok.
Chinese food is great for sharing, with many starters such as BBQ spare ribs, prawn toasts, Yuk Sung and crispy wontons always popular choices. Stick them in the middle of the table, and watch them be devoured by your family! Of course, if you want to save a bit of cash, why not look out for the set meals on offer by many Chinese restaurants and takeaways, where many of the most popular dishes are combined for between two people and six people (and sometimes more) which – because you are buying these all together – often come with a discount compared with if you were buying all the individual dishes separately. Of course, this very much depends upon whether everyone likes the dishes on offer, though it has to be said that some Chinese takeaways will allow you to swap out one or two dishes, depending upon how nicely you speak to them!
Ordering Chinese food online for home delivery has never been easier in these days of takeaway apps such as easyFood, for example. If you are desperate for dim sum, ravenous for roast pork foo yung, keen on king prawns with oyster sauce or salivating for sweet and sour spare ribs, then all you need to do it type in your postcode and you will be given a list of Chinese takeaways in your area which are open and ready for business! Browse their menus or visit their website and read up about who they are, their ingredients and maybe their special cooking techniques, and how they provide such mouth-watering flavour in their food. Place your online order, make payment online then sit back and relax in anticipation of the fresh food being delivered direct to your doorstep! Chinese food lovers, you are in the right place!