It’s true that Chinese cuisine tastes in Lithuania are generally limited to sweet and sour chicken, steamed pork strips, and other common dishes. However, the real gastronomic world of this country is very colorful, bright and original.
Food experts from the Lithuanian shopping chain “Maxima” tell us how attractive Chinese cuisine is and how to prepare its dishes deliciously at home.
This is considered controversial
There are a few Chinese restaurants in Lithuania that have been popular in the country for several decades. However, such places are often viewed negatively by skeptics due to the excessive use of sugar, salt and starch in order to make the dishes more suited to local tastes.
However, all these additives can be avoided or reduced if prepared at home. All you need to do is buy traditional Chinese cuisine ingredients like egg noodles or string beans, also known as green Chinese beans, suggests Ernesta Dapkiene, director of communications and image at Maximos.
“Traditional Chinese products, spices, quality sauces and a variety of ingredients are now easily found in every store near home. Therefore, there is no need to travel to restaurants to try Chinese cuisine. It can become the home of each of us. Especially in recent years, people are cooking more and more by themselves and not on trips, but Looking for new tastes at home”, says E. Dapkienė.
Some rules are important
According to Brigita Baratinskaitė, Head of Maxima’s Food Production Department, preparing delicious and healthy Chinese cuisine is easy if you follow a few basic rules.
“A lot of vegetables are used in cooking in this country. Therefore, after cutting them with straws, they should be fried a little. The best choice of vegetables – zucchini, eggplant, carrots, which should be used in abundance in dishes.
Another important trick to healthy Chinese cooking is choosing lean meats. For example, turkey is suitable. This meat should be fried in a small amount of oil, preferably cooked. It is also worth using seafood and richly enriching food with garlic. They give extraordinary aroma and taste to dishes,” recommends Maximos Culinary Expert.
Not to forget the sauce, she suggests. Traditional Chinese is often made with soy sauce, brown sugar, hot pepper, vinegar, oil, sesame seeds, honey, and lemon juice.
“In our assortment, we pay special attention to ethnic cuisines. Buyers have discovered not only various sauces of Chinese cuisine, but also noodles or special mushrooms – white and black fungus mushrooms, which are very popular in China”, E. Dapkiene also notes.
At that time, B. Baratinskaitė invites you to take advantage of her advice and embark on a real oriental adventure.
A Bunch of Oriental Exotics: Spicy Chinese Dumplings (“Gyoza”) with Turkey
You will need:
- 250 grams of ground turkey,
- 16 pieces of frozen gyoza dough,
- 1 red chili, chopped
- 2 tsp chopped ginger root,
- 1 teaspoon Chinese spice mix,
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce,
- 1 tablespoon of oil,
- Half a glass of water.
First, the stuffing: mix the turkey, hot pepper, spices, oyster sauce and ginger. Put two teaspoons on each piece of dough, moistening the edges so that you can stick it well.
Heat oil in a pan, place the pumpkin with the side sticking up, add water to the primary fire. Close a lid and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another couple of minutes until the water evaporates and the bottom of the pumpkin starts to brown.
“This dish is especially delicious when eaten with soy or traditional sweet and sour sauce. The latter can be made by heating and frying sesame seeds in a small amount of oil. Then add a couple of tablespoons of dark soy sauce, the same amount of honey and lemon juice. This way, we get a caramel color and wonderful flavor. Have a concoction with taste and smell,” says Maximos Culinary Expert.