Question by me94: whats the difference between Chinese and Cantonese food?
Usually my family has Chinese food but we decided for a change we would try Cantonese.
Both foods are deliciously similar however the difference we noticed was Chinese food is more
sweet and sour but Cantonese is more hot and spicy. i think both have same menus.
Answer by Branden
One thing is there is more seafood in the Canotnese diet, and they eat more pork and chicken, were Mandarian is more beef and less seafood, they eat more wheat products like noodle and steam flour based products.
The noodle in the south are more the gg variety and there diet id more based on rice, the north like in mandarin cuisine tend to be more spicy and not as heavy.
Frying is more used and in the north uses more steaming and braising, flavours are similar but more garlic and certain sauces in the south and more hoisin, chili paste and sweet based sauce for the mandarin palate.
I am a former chef and like the 2 cuisines, in fact I am quite fond of the wheat based mandarin style of food over the southern cantonese style.
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