Food s in Asia
The Chinese make full use of the many kinds of foods produced in china.
Most of the basic foods -- rice , wheat, corn, potatoes, meat fish, and vegetable s,
are well known to us and are used in western cooking . Food is chopped into
bite sized pieces and is usually cooked quickly over a hot flame or steamed to
retain its flavor and color. These fast- cooking methods are very nutritious, as
they preserve the food's natural vitamins .
The Chinese are sociable eaters and often eat out with thier family and
friends. For lunch, they may snack on rice dumplings stuffed with meat or sweet
bean paste or have a filling bowl of rice or noodles with meat and vegetables. In
the evening they eat a more substantial meal . This usually consists of several
courses; sometimes many dishes are served at the same time and shared by all
the people around the table.
Traditionally the Japanese diet has consisted of rice, fresh fish , and
vegetables. While these remain the staples , Japanese people today enjoy a
great variety of locally produced and impoted foods. Fish is one of the nation's
favorite foods, providing just under half the animal protein consumed by a
A traditional Japanese diet is very healty. It is high in vitamins and
vegetables proteins, and low in fat. A typical Japanese meal is made up of many
small, artistically arranged dishes. The appearence of the food is important.
Japanese food must look as perfect as it tastes.
The location of Vietnam on the Southeast Asian peninsula accounts for
much of the country's identity. This tiny agricultural nation has absorbed
Chinese, French, and American influences . Food and family are central to
Vietnamese life . There is a Vietnamese saying that "The first pleasure in the
world is eating." A major concern is for tectures and appearance.
The fresh, clean taste of Vietnamese cooking comes from the use of fresh
herbs and seasonings; garlic, lemon and lime. Raw or lightly steamed vegetables
and fruit are often used. Becuase foods are never prepared in animal fat nor
served with sugary sauces the Vietnamese diet is wholesome and nutritious as