Chinese cuisine in India: Is it authentic?

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It may not be authentic but it is very delicious.

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Chinese food is the most popular foreign cuisine in India surpassing Continental and Mexican, which come in at second place. It seems we love their food more than we respect their country. But before this story digresses into politics, is the Chinese food we eat here, authentic? The answer is no.

Indian Chinese food was born when Chinese migrants settled in Calcutta and developed a cuisine to suit the local taste. It wasn't just limited to India though; this renaissance of traditional cuisine to suit the taste of the local people happened in the United States, Europe and South East Asia which saw a heavy migration of Chinese people from an impoverished communist era.

When you dine at a Chinese restaurant in India the most popular dishes are always stir fried noodles, fried rice, chicken or vegetable nuggets in some spicy thick sauce and vegetables that have also been stir fried to death. What do they all have in common? They are all packed with flavour and assemble several ingredients. Does this remind you a bit of Indian cuisine?

In China, the food might be the same or it could be completely unheard of. Whuttt?? Because traditional Chinese food focuses on the main ingredient of the dish to bring out its full flavour. The condiments are served on the side so the diner may season the dish according to what he fancies.

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