How to appreciate Chinese food

The canonical example of Chinese food is a dish with tomatos and eggs. To appreciate this dish, try thinking about drawing with red and yellow pastels.

Here are some potential ways to make this dish:

  1. Putting one ingredient beside the other. The ingredients are physically separate. This form appears in sandwiches.
    1
  2. Cutting ingredients into piecies and mixing them together. The piecies are still physically separate. This form appears in salads.
    2
  3. Cutting ingredients into piecies and stir-frying* them together. Each piece will have not only its orignal flavor but also some flavors from other ingredients. This form appears in Chinese food.
    3
  4. Placing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. The outcome has the blended taste of all ingredients. This form appears in dressings and drinks.
    4

 

Questions:

  • How many different colors do you see in each drawing?
  • How sophisticated are the flavors of each dish?

 

Footnotes
* or stew, if ingredients involve chunks of meat.

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