Although “Chinese food” is the most popular globally, traditional Chinese cuisine differs significantly from its Western counterpart! What’s more?
Now plant-based and vegan diets followers can savour more than simply white rice in their favourite Chinese food restaurant— thanks to a range of delicious and cruelty-free regional cuisine available for a UK food connoisseur. Let’s check what are the delicacies topping the global trends!
Steaming Hot Chinese Soy milk
Forget about your morning coffee—hot soy milk is now the global way to give a kicking start to your day. The fact that there are two forms of Chinese soy “milk”: Doujiang and Dounai can be a bit bewildering.
Doujiang is produced with freshly blended soybeans and water, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to find sellers that mix in whole grains and legumes like red beans, peanuts, or barley. The beverage has more fibre, protein, and vitamins than Dounai— a type of soy milk that is processed twice.
Grilled Sweet potatoes
Grilled sweet potatoes with crispy skin and a soft, caramelised centre offer a great blend for being both healthful and scrumptious— The delicacy is quite popular, especially during the winter months. No wonder the dish sells like hot cakes in London.
China may be known for soy and tofu, but seitan (also known as wheat gluten) is one of the country’s most delectable and underrated foods. It has been a documented meal in China since the sixth century and is a popular dish at Buddhist vegetarian eateries. While some Chinese food restaurants prepare the soy substitute to make it look and feel like meat, wheat gluten is best when baked and spongy, allowing the dough to absorb all of the sauce’s amazing flavours.
You can even try out soy and/or wheat gluten-based faux-fish cutlets cooked in chilli oil (a vegetarian take on a Sichuan staple) or a vegan version of a spiky sea cucumber.
Also, don’t be hesitant to order distinctive sea whelks (a sort of sea snail) made from konjac, also known as “voodoo lily,” “snake palm,” or “devil’s tongue” at London’s vegan joints— They are truly delectable.
Bread is also widely consumed in China, but it’s not your regular sliced white bread sort.
Baozi is gourmet stuffed buns with stuffing like mushrooms, carrots, leafy greens, or sweetened fillings like red beans, black sesame, or purple taro paste. If you’re looking for something different, some bakeries and Chinese food restaurants in London offer chocolate bread, pumpkin cornmeal buns, roasted spicy bun skewer, scallion pancakes, and vegan sesame cookies.
Lotus root Palates are on the sweeter side, which has resulted in their widespread popularity. These are most usually served as a cold appetiser, but this dish can also be served as a dessert. They are boiled until mushy, then packed with sticky rice and topped in a sticky, viscous osmanthus syrup.
MamaLan is a popular Chinese food restaurant serving authentic delicacies in London, Clapham, Brixton and Canary Wharf. We have been inventing and developing fresh and fascinating Chinese recipes using local products, and now have a menu full of fun and delicious food and drinks options. MamaLan also retails Vegan sauces throughout the UK. You can place your order online via Amazon. To know more, click HERE.