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Q: Do the chinese use sugar in their cooking?

For everyday meat and veggie dishes

10 years 50 weeks ago in  Food  - Chengdu

 
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Yes. Shanghainese food is known to have a sweet taste to it. They also use sugar in some dishes that don't taste sweet at all. For example, many people add a small amount of sugar to the soy sauce, vinegar and garlic mix when making the smacked garlic cucumber dish (蒜泥黃瓜).

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many of them does............ sugar and sweet is common , they can not have much spicy everytime

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For where you're going, don't worry about the sugar thing. You'll be in the land of spicy foods. Don't even expect all the desserts to be sweet.

HugAPanda:

Yeah, I'm skeered of the hotpot... the first chinese I learned was "little spicy." AND, I'm scopin out the places for ice cream...... they even have a dairy queen and hagen daaz!! Those addresses will be going in my iphone. I hope they don't close before I get there. Dammit.

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DaBen:

well beer always helps with the burning and at a lot of the local restaurants, keep an eye out for a guy walking around the tables in with big plastic thermos; it's got a cold pea soup that really helps if the heat gets too much.

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HugAPanda:

ohhh what other secrets have you got for me?? ;)

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DaBen:

Well bring a little bottle of aloe vera with you for the first time you do decide to go wild and try all the spiciest food. You don't have to bring much, your system will toughen up with time.

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Yes they certainly do. Alot of foods have natural sugar in them. If the food they are using has a lot of sugar than they may not add any more. Foods like pineapple chicken they would probably not use sugar. On tomato and egg meals they will definitely use sugar.

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Ofcourse, and it teast really bad...

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10 years 27 weeks ago
 
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Hi my friend,

Yes they are using, esp. Shanghai food known to be as very sweet when they are cooking they are adding sugar in it, actually China is not the only kitchen does this thing, a lot of mediterranean culture puts sugar in the food, sugar makes the vegetable much more delicious and it's very accurate with olive oil based cold dishes. I think u will enjoy Shanghai food as I did.
Thank you
Kemal Aslan

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At least from the Chinese persons I am friendly with, they totally dislike the usage of sugar, and will not eat just about anything with a hint of sweetness in it.  For people who seems to love spicy food, whatever is "too sweet" or "too salty" seems to become a No-No pretty fast. 

Maybe this is the reason why I have stopped cooking western dishes for my Chinese friends, even if they continue asking me to do them.  Once I spent almost 8 hours making spaghetti and meatballs from scratch, and because they tasted one teaspoon of sugar I added to the tomato sauce to avoid acid indigestion afterwards, no one ate it.  I was so frustrated that swore never to cook anything but typical Chinese food for them.

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 I don't think anything I eat is sweet. I'm thinking of carrying salt as most is not salty enough for me. I wish the food was sweet. I miss sweet and sour, honey garlic, lemon, pineapple - WITH real meat. 
  Breads are sweet, I think they eat them as dessert. There is one small loaf that I'm addicted to,, I think the first thing I did when I got here was hunt one down. I buy cookies from a bakery and some have no sugar , they taste like pie crust. Some baked goods look better that they taste, some are very good. The cheese cake sucks. Custard tarts are good. Some baked things are very greasy. I have a sweet tooth.
 Embrace the sugar dark side, come over to the darkside.

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They don't add sugar to a many of their meals but there are some that use a lot. One is a pork dish that has some thin batter over a thin slice of pork. This is then covered with a very sweet sugary almost toffee like coating. As others have said there is a lot of sugar in their bread and cakes, more than I am used to.  

They also add sugar to the soy milk they drink.

Dare I forget my favourite snack Tanghulu, hawthorn berries covered in sugar toffee. 

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Certainly.i saw one of my chinese friend cook chinese food.his hometown is in jiangxi.He cook beans.he will give some sugarJiangsu,zhejiang and shanghai's foods are tend to sweet.They love to put sugar into food.Sichuan and Congqing do not put sugar ito foods.they would like to give some Chili, peppers.

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in some places in China ,  like Shanghai city  

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Cantonese always add sugar when they cook,but in most city ppl dont like this,they like spicy food 

 

 

 

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It depends upon the region.  As some have said previously, sugar often appears in almost anything and everything that is made in Guangdong.  Sugar, and salt, are used to together, sometimes extensively in Shanghai cooking.  Dong Bei cooking tends to shy away from sugar as does Beijing cooking.

 

In terms of sugar, however, I think that the Americans use it more liberally than anywhere else (off topic of course but just a minor point).

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Here in Hunan province, sugar is a celebrated additive of sorts. People make sugar-coated bread sticks, sugar-laden bean soup, and they definitely love candy. I think a lot of people here have a sweet tooth; if you were to visit KFC, Pala, or any of the other fast food joints, they always have sweet and sugary sauces for your pleasure.

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