We will continue the topic of the relationship between health and Hong Kong cuisine.
Hong Kong is located in southern China, in a region that has a humid subtropical climate.
One of the aspects that Hong Kong stands out for is because life expectancy remains the number 1 in the world. This is mainly due to how people care of food and they always follow the guide of traditional Chinese medicine for the cooking.
People who live in Hong Kong believe a lot in traditional Chinese medicine. Instead of taking western pills, they prefer to take cooked herbs and roots because these natural products produce less damage to the body.
There is also a lot of evidence to demonstrate that traditional Chinese medicine is more effective for skin care and those diseases related to the immune system. These are the reasons why Chinese medicine is widespread in Hong Kong.
Chinese medicine is quite applicable in the kitchen in mainland China. However, Hong Kong cuisine is more related to Chinese medicine than any Chinese cuisine in the mainland.
There are many elements in Hong Kong cuisine that can prove it.
For example, with an average temperature of 23.2 ° C and an average relative humidity of 78.1, human body suffers a lot. Therefore, using an excess of chili or oil is unthinkable in Hong Kong cuisine.
Another fact is that Hong Kong people always take the best products of each season or the year because Chinese medicine always figure eating according to the season is the most natural common sense.
Priority of health over flavor is essential in Hong Kong cuisine. Therefore, there are certain dishes for each season, not because of the existence of a specific raw material, but adapting them to the climate of Hong Kong.
It is the case of the lamb with the casserole, a dish very appreciated in Hong Kong, but that is only eaten in autumn and winter. In Chinese medicine, lamb meat contributes more calories and hot “energy” to the body which will destroy the balance of yin-yang, so it is only taken at these times of the year.
On the other hand, in Hong Kong there is a special drink that is composed equally by coffee and black tea. This drink is prepared like this because according to Chinese medicine, coffee is hot for the body, but tea is cold. The mixture of both components gives a neutral result and therefore, balanced for health.
Chinese medicine is committed to the balance of yin-yang, where the colors of the food represent the organs.
The feeding of each season to complete the nutrients that the organs need are basic elements for Chinese medicine. In addition, the combination of the dishes according to the raw materials is another equilibrium point of yin-yang for Chinese medicine.
We cannot forget that the percentages of proteins, fats and are basic in the balance of yin-yang according to Chinese medicine.
In the kitchen of Hong Kong there are many consomés that help to take care of the health, but without neglecting the flavors.
In summary: Hong Kong cuisine takes into account the original flavors of the ingredients. That is why they are accompanied by many sauces, but without masking the main flavors.
Hong Kong cuisine uses many roots and herbs present in Chinese medicine. The result is healthy elaborations, without excess oil or fat, to offer a healthy kitchen with authentic flavors.