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Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible

Ancient Chinese philosophy has influence in Chinese food culture.

People commonly think of yin and yang as opposing forces. However, it is really more appropriate to view them as complementary pairs. The Chinese believe problems arise not when the two forces are battling, but when there is an imbalance between them. Floods, divorce, or even a fire in the kitchen – all can be attributed to disharmony in the forces of yin and yang.
How does the concept of yin and yang relate to food?
A basic adherence to this philosophy can be found in ANY Chinese dish, from stir-fried beef with broccoli to sweet and sour pork. There is always a balance in color, flavors, and textures.

The Detail.

Chinese is one cuisine that is traditional in all senses. From its origin to its evolving forms, each dish is more than just a burst of flavour. True to their roots, the Chinese cuisine stems from various backgrounds that affect the dishes greatly.

ASIAN GASTRONOMY.

Healthy.

Chinese food emphasizes on consuming a diet that contains a healthy balancebetween yin and yang. You’ll find most Chinese dishes are made of a mixture of ingredients and each meal is made up of a combination of dishes.

Cooking Methods.

However, belief in the importance of following the principles of yin and yang in the diet extends further.
Certain foods have yin properties, while others have yang properties – Cooling or warm, fat or non-fat, high-calorie or low- calorie, and etc.

Almost no foodstuff is purely yin or yang – it’s more that one characteristic tends to dominate. It also reinforces that it is not so much the individual ingredients, as the the balance and contrast between ingredients in each dish, that is important. Interestingly, cooking methods also have more of a yin or yang property, as the list demonstrates

Yin Qualities

Boiling
Poaching
Steaming

Yang Qualities

Deep-frying
Roasting
Stir-frying

Types of Foods

Yin Foods

Bean Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Crab
Cucumber
Duck
Tofu
Watercress
Water

Yang Foods

Bamboo
Beef
Chicken
Eggs
Ginger
Glutinous rice
Mushrooms
Sesame Oil
Wine