Get to know what’s buzzing inside the kitchen of Buzz Restaurant
One of the things that define Buzz Restaurant is its speciality in multiple Asian cuisines. As such, this attracts customers to visit and taste the dishes themselves. But the question now is, what are the cuisines present in the restaurant’s kitchen? To answer this, here are the three styles that the skilled chefs of Buzz Restaurant have mastered for years.
The term ‘Chinese cuisine’ is generally used to label all of the cooking styles found across the massive land of China. Each region has different tastes and flavours, but all of them are under the same umbrella. Below is the list of regions and their distinct cooking styles:
Each one of these regions has a taste incomparable to others. Like the Sichuan region, it has one of the world’s spiciest peppers known as the Sichuan peppercorn. Besides that, all of their contributions are made up to what is Chinese cuisine today.
Rice and noodles
In Chinese cuisine, the natives of China love to use rice and noodles as part of the ingredients. This is because of the rich lands of all the country’s regions, which motivated the framers to propagate local agriculture. As such, these ingredients are now important staples all over China.
Every time you order a dish from a Chinese restaurant, notice how there are a lot of colours present in the dishes. This is because back in the past, Chinese natives believed that the aesthetic appearance of food is what attracts people to eat. That is why they make sure to add coloured ingredients to their dishes.
Vegetables are the main ingredient
Since China has healthy lands, farmers would do seasonal farming to maximize the yields of their crops. As such, this allows them to create dishes that mainly consists of vegetables. Consequently, these ingredients contribute to the healthy factor of all the natives, making them live up to centuries.
Most of the dishes are best enjoyed as a group
Family is a big deal in Chinese culture. Every family member is respected, and bringing honour to the household is always the goal. With this said, almost all of the dishes in Chinese cuisine are best enjoyed as a group. When you order in Chinese restaurants, you will notice how the servings are big and more than for just 1 person.
Achieving the perfect balance
Chinese philosophy is also a great contributing factor to the cuisine. The yin and yang serve as a great example of a balance between good and evil, which motivates the chefs to implement this value. To achieve this, one must achieve the perfect balance among all five elements – water, fire, ear, metal and wood. When balance is present, all of the ingredients create harmony, which makes the food taste delicious.
Vietnamese cuisine is famously known as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world due to the fresh ingredients used. Aside from that, this also strives to achieve a perfect balance in all the dishes, and five tastes must be present, namely:
- Sweet – Earth
- Sour – Wood
- Bitter – Fire
- Spicy – Metal
- Salty – Water
Aside from this, Vietnamese cuisine also gives importance to the appearance of their dishes. With the use of vegetables, chefs would use this to add colour to the plates. As such, this, in turn, achieves the vitamin and mineral count needed for the body to be healthy. Besides that, the aroma is a distinctive feature of this cuisine due to the various herbs used in different dishes.
Vietnam’s geographical location
Vietnam is near great big bodies of water, which means that tropical storms frequently happen in a span of a year. As such, this makes agriculture possible because of the constant flow of water throughout the land. Aside from that, most of the natives lived along the river banks, which motivated them to become farmers. As such, Vietnam has an abundant supply of rice.
Other ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine
Rice may be an abundant source of carbohydrates, but it lacks vitamins and minerals needed by the body. To solve this problem, Vietnamese natives would restore the balance by using different kinds of ingredients, namely:
- Fish and seafood for protein
- Vegetables such as leafy greens, root crops and cruciferous
- Spices (chilli, lime, ginger, garlic, shallot and pepper)
Sharing is caring
Like Chinese cuisine, people prefer to eat their national dishes as a group rather than individually. People make sure that everyone in the household will get a chance to taste all of the dishes prepared at the table. This means that leaving any leftovers is considered disrespectful to the one who prepared them.
Chopsticks are the main utensils
While other Asian countries use spoons and forks, Vietnamese citizens prefer to eat with chopsticks. This is because most of the dishes in Vietnamese cuisine are chopsticks-friendly!
The French influence
Believe it or not, the French have some influence over Vietnamese cuisine. Back in the past, French colonizers introduced Vietnamese natives to the beloved French baguette. As a result, this contributed to the invention of the Banh Mi, a delicious vegetable and chicken sandwich.
In Vietnam, it is part of their culture to feast on insects, beasts and dogs. Locals believe that these are great sources of protein. In rural areas, poor farmers do not have access to the expensive meat of cows, pigs and chickens. That is why they harvest locusts and other animals to keep them full throughout the night. Despite the cuisine’s mystery, these are still practised by most of the people in Vietnam. However, most of them avoid consuming dog meat due to religious preferences.
Other characteristics of Vietnamese cuisine:
- Fresh food
- Strong aromas
- Herbs and vegetables
- Variety of textures
- Broths and soups
- Aesthetic presentation
Jump into another culture when you taste the flavours of Tibetan cuisine! This is where you can come closer to the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. Since most of its landscapes are high, people learned to adapt to them to survive. As such, most of the food drinks are packed with high amounts of energy to give the natives to travel across the country.
Protein as the main ingredient
Since most of the people live in highlands, they need all the energy to survive high altitudes and harsh climates. For that matter, Tibetan natives would eat a lot of meat that is high in protein.
Tibetans have four types of diets that are enough for them to survive the cold climate. These are the following:
- Tsampa (barley flour and tea)
- Butter tea
- High-protein meats
All four of these provide the necessary nutrients needed by the body to thrive in dangerous situations. They get their warmth from the hot teas, and they stay energized with protein from meats and carbohydrates from noodles.
Barley is the main crop
Not all crops can survive high altitudes and cold temperatures except for barley. As such, this is where natives get their flour and produce a dish called Tsampa. Almost every citizen loves eating this dish due to its starchy flavour and nutritional value.
Fun facts you should know about
- Tibet is located below China, which means that the Chinese influence the lifestyle of the Tibetans.
- Traditional Tibetan cuisine involves boiling and frying.
- The altitude of Tibet reaches 4000 metres high
- Meat is the staple food
- Yak is the Tibetan’s favourite meat
- The advancement of technology has opened culinary opportunities in Tibet. This means that they can finally propagate more crops aside from barley.
The main dishes of Tibetan cuisine
Below is a list of dishes that the Tibetans love and adore:
- Sha Phaley
- Butter tea
- Shab Ta
- Lunggoi Katsa
- Xogoi Momo
What to expect from Buzz Restaurant
With the different cuisines present, expect to have a colourful and flavourful experience at Buzz Restaurant! If you have not tasted anything from our cuisines, here is a list of crowd favourites that you will like:
- Wonton dumpling soup
- Stir-fried tofu with rice
- Sweet potato and shrimp fritters
- Banh mi
- Lemon chicken
- Century egg
- Tibetan yoghurt
- Red bean cakes
Exploring different cuisines is your gateway to various cultures. When you eat a culture’s revered dishes, you will get an idea of how they live communally together. Aside from that, it opens your mind to different values and philosophies since you learn a lot just by eating. Besides that, different flavours and textures will motivate you to replicate them in the comfort of your home.
If you are looking for a restaurant tonight, come and visit Buzz Restaurant to experience the different flavours from China, Tibet, and Vietnam!