Fancy a Chinese?
Chinese food is one of the most popular ethnic foods in the UK – even dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite’ last year by Mintel. And whether it is eaten in a restaurant or part of the £4.2bn takeaway market, Brits love it.
Chinese New Year – the year of the monkey – falls on 8 February. The celebratory festival is a good time to boost trade through a quiet period, but it is also the ideal starting block to help launch regular oriental dishes onto your menu all year round.
Long gone are the days of just serving sweet and sour pork or chop suey. Thanks to the influence of regional food around China, spices and flavours, authentic, tasty and healthier dishes are now the order of the day. “Our chefs are constantly evolving their techniques to create more interesting and innovative dishes,” says Jason Chan, marketing manager at Royal China Group. “Chinese dishes are popular because they incorporate so many exquisite flavours and they also come with many health benefits, which not many people are aware of.”
What to serve?
Choose something relatively simple, but tasty. Dim sum can be technical to the inexperienced chef but will taste delicious after they’ve mastered it. Stir-fries are quick and easy; a healthy dish where you can adapt the vegetables seasonally. A cantonese-style roast duck is always a winner and for fish lovers a lobster with ginger and spring onions served with noodles is perfect!
Great for detoxing
Chicken feet dim sum may not sound the most appetising dish, but in China they are a delicacy – and great for those customers wanting a healthy dish. Not only do they contain collagen (protein that acts as glue that holds our body together), they are good for the complexion, rich in calcium and protein. But for those who’d rather play it safe, stir-fries use little oil and are packed with vegetables, steamed dishes and soup noodles are a healthier option or choose a dish that uses chilli, garlic or ginger.