In China, cold dishes are served on the dining table as appetizers at the very beginning of an elaborate evening spread. Therefore, they are also known as ‘Meeting Dish’ or ‘Welcoming Dish’.
Vegetable dishes are cooked with peanut oil, beans, wheat gluten, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and seaweed. They are characterised by freshness, variety, colourfulness and healthiness.
Cold vegetable dishes are eaten on hot and sticky days, as a healthy way to cool off the heat. Here are a few Chinese dishes for hot summer days, all served cold:
Authentically Chinese, this salad is a bowl full of nutrition. Fruits, meats and herbs coming together to give you a colourful fruit salad with a five-spice and sugar topping is exactly what the doctor ordered!
A quick and easy cold noodle dish that has garnered great popularity all over the world, this is great delicacy from Chinese cuisine to dig into.
Pickled cucumbers are seasoned with red chilli peppers, vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce to plate up a healthy cold dish.
Crunchy lotus roots are stir fried with fermented black bean paste to prepare this unique dish. The circular shape with round holes of the lotus root help make this a very beautiful dish to behold.
Preserved jellyfish slices are combined with sesame oil and other tasty seasonings to prepare this unique dish. The soft yet crunchy texture is exquisite to the palate.
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