Chinese food has always enjoyed a good reputation. Eating is a great pleasure of life in China.
As far as I know, Chinese food embodies a lot of differences with western food.
Chinese cooking method is different
Chinese use more cooking ways such as frying, stir-frying, stew, braise, steam,etc. Some takes several minutes, some could last for hours, or even longer. What makes the Chinese cooking more complicated is the flexible use and intergration of different cooking ways.
Chinese food culture stresses the standard called “color, smell, and taste”, …
However westerners pay much attention to the food nutrition. No matter how the color, smell, and taste are.
Chinese eat much more vegetables and less meat than western people. Western food uses olive oil or butter, these material can not be found from most Chinese families. Westerners eat more sugar, etc.
Western cooks give the quantities of ingredients, Chinese cookbook doesn’t tell you how grams of each ingredients.
China has many different styles of cuisine, some of the most famous Chinese cuisine are Hunan food, Guangdong food, Sichuang food. You will be able to find differences between different Chinese cuisine as well.
Chinese have set up the unique Chinese table manners and eating habits.