Overview of Both Countries
The peoples’ Republic of China is one of the Earth’s most populated countries and the second-largest country when it comes to land area. It is divided into twenty-two provinces. The official language is “Standard Chinese” but some other languages are spoken as well regionally. As a neighboring country, it has the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which is densely populated as well and is the 36th largest country of the world with respect to the area that is divided into four provinces. Pakistan has “Urdu” as its national language but there is great ethnic and linguistic diversity throughout the region. Officially both “Urdu” and “English” are used.
The difference in Food
Pakistan and China always shared a mutual love and respect towards each other in all spheres and the food experiences the same love. Pakistanis love Chinese food and there are many restaurants in China that sell Pakistani cuisines. Chinese cuisine is diverse due to large geographical extension and historical variations. The light Chinese food with vegetables and rice is different from Pakistan’s heavy traditional meat-focused dishes.
For breakfast and overall other dishes, rice is the most often used ingredient in China while the Pakistani population mostly uses wheat chapattis and rice on different days but rice is used less often as compared to chapattis. The difference is very obvious when it comes to breakfast as Pakistani people hardly ever use rice for breakfast but it is a major ingredient for many dishes that are eaten as breakfast in China. Moreover, red chilies are the basic spice with many other spices in Pakistani food while the Chinese prefer to use varieties of black pepper to create a mild spicy taste.
Chinese use some specific sources of meat that Pakistani do not use probably due to religious restriction for example pork is the highest consumed meat source in China which is completely forbidden to use in Pakistani culture and the same is true for some other meat sources like frogs and dogs. There is also a significant difference in the cutting of ingredients as Chinese cut their ingredients into small size which is easy to bite and does not require cutting by a knife to eat while Pakistani food has larger meat and vegetable pieces that require breaking down before they are put in the mouth to eat.
When it comes to salads Chinese mostly fry their vegetables whereas Pakistanis just wash and cut their vegetables to make a salad that is ready to eat. There is a difference in oils that are used to fry food as Chinese mostly prefer peanut or animal-based oils while Pakistanis use vegetable and sunflower oils in both hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated versions. Methods of frying are different as well because Pakistanis usually use deep-fried food and the Chinese use shallow fried foods making the quantity of oil used noticeably different. After their meals, Pakistanis love to have sweet desserts that are mostly based on custards and dairy desserts, on the contrary, the Chinese use tea or fruits after meals. The differences are not just confined to the food but also to the things food is eaten with as Chinese use chopsticks and Pakistanis are comfortable eating with their hands, spoons, and forks.
The similarity in Food
Love of Chinese foods has brought a new change to the taste of Pakistanis as the cuisine is introduced that is a perfect blend of Chinese food with some Pakistani additions. Both countries like and appreciate each other’s cuisine much more than fast foods that depict health-conscious eating behavior. There are many Chinese variants of the traditional dishes which are made by the addition of sauces and fried vegetables to them. The reason that both cuisines blend so well together is their pre- existing similarity.
Both Chinese and Pakistanis like to eat their vegetables fried although Pakistanis use them as a part of the main course while the Chinese use fried vegetables as salads. The same is true for meat, the population in both countries in spite of the difference in the choice of meat source, like to incorporate stock in their dishes to make them taste better. The style of eating is communal in both countries as they share whatever they eat with their fellows on the same table.
Surprisingly, the food that northern Pakistanis eat is very similar to the taste of traditional Chinese because the main spice source in that region is also black pepper and in other regions, a small amount of black pepper is often used along with red chilies to enhance flavor. Unlike western cuisine, both Pakistani and Chinese food has a comparatively large serving size. Chinese have rice as their major food ingredient, people of Pakistan may not eat rice that often but they like to eat rice which is the second most-consumed thing after wheat chapattis.
People from both regions may take different types of desserts and teas but one thing they both do is consume them often. The use of garlic and ginger in the food is also a trend that is followed by both countries. Soups are liked by people in both nations and their own versions of amazing soups that taste terrific. Just reducing a little spice makes Pakistani food fit for any Chinese and adding a little spice to Chinese food makes it fit for consumption of Pakistanis keeping ingredients that are permissible.
There a lot of similarities and differences between the food and eating patterns of both Pakistan and China but that makes them unique and still be together in a bond. A little change in their food makes it the best meal for people in both of them. The differences should be respected and the similarities should be cherished to make both the countries best allies forever. Soups, Noodles, Manchurian, Fried rice, and Chili Chicken are equally popular among the population of both countries, and guests are welcomed and treated with hospitality at their homes. You must visit both the countries for experiencing rich culture and amazing food.