Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine. To put it in one word it is wholesome. It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.
Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) shelled and deveined 4 large
Preheat oven to 200°C. Chop onions roughly. Cut mushrooms and stems roughly. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, crushed red chillies and vegetable stock in a bowl.
Cut aluminium foil into 8 inch squares and take 2 squares per pouch. Place some boiled noodles in the centre of one pair of foil squares, top it with a portion of mushrooms and onions. Gather the four corners of the square and bring together to make a pouch.
Pour some of the spiced stock into it. Seal the edges loosely. Make 4 such pouches. Arrange these pouches on a baking tray and cook in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve in the foil itself.
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