Chinese Food Influence on Tea Haus

Chinese Food by Chinese Americans

Maybe its in our genes, but despite our die hard love for pepperoni pizza and In N Out (Whataburger for Texans) burgers the thought of Red Braised Pork Belly over rice and Taiwanese Beef Noodles made at home by grandma should resonate strongly for an entire generation of Chinese Americans raised here in the states. A lot of Chinese food has the trifecta of sweet, savory and umami. This is probably what triggers our olfactory senses throughout the day while we play our Super Nintendo. Little known fact, the Olfactory nerve (smell receptor) sits right next to your amygdala and hippocampus! This is why a lot of times, smells triggers strong memories! 

As adults with our own kids now. It almost feels like evolution is taking place. Because we yearn for the days of old and that amazing nostalgic feeling of eating beef noodles with grandma and watching non-internet based television. Those feelings, in turn subconsciously motivates us to recreate those memories for our kids and the tradition rolls on!

Click below to check out our write up on this by one of our founders.  

What is Chinese Food | Most Well Known Chinese Spots

The question is just as broad as if you asked what is American food, except worse because China has 4x as many people living there than here in the states. Think about it, just pizza alone, you have Chicago style, New York style and California style. Don’t get us started on Hawaiian style. 

According to Wikipedia there are 8 distinct styles of Chinese food based on geographic regions. The modern “Eight Cuisines” of China are Anhui (徽菜Huīcài), Cantonese (粤菜Yuècài), Fujian (闽菜Mǐncài), Hunan (湘菜Xiāngcài), Jiangsu (苏菜Sūcài), Shandong (鲁菜Lǔcài), Sichuan (川菜Chuāncài), and Zhejiang (浙菜Zhècài) cuisines.

Panda Express for example is probably the most successful Chinese American Food in the world and they are mainly considered Hunan style cuisine. This is exemplified by sweet and sour flavors like everyone’s favorite Orange chicken. Incidentally, the Hunan region of cuisine is also where most of Tea Haus recipes originate from. These dishes include the Taiwanese Beef Noodles and Red Braised Pork Belly. 

Din Tai Fung is Taiwanese based restaurant and the first one from the country of Taiwan to earn a Michelin star for excellence in cuisine. They are known for their 小籠包 or Xiao Long Bao or XLB which are paper thin soup dumplings from the Shanghai region. Fun fact, Shanghai has a population of 24 million! New York in comparison has 8 mil.  If you’ve ever been to Din Tai Fung there is no doubt you would take notice of the four chefs standing around the table each tasked to make a part of the soup dumpling like a beautiful assembly line. 

Oh yea and Tea was made in China as well. More on that later. 

The classic pork dish from China. Pork belly with a combination of ginger, garlic, chilli peppers, sugar, star anise, light and dark soy sauce, and xiao xing wine. The pork belly is cooked until the fat and skin are rendered into gelatin, soft, and melts easily in the mouth. The dish has a melt in the mouth texture that is formed as a result of a long braising process, during which the liquid reduces and becomes thick. It is typically served with white rice and dark green vegetables, and a braised hard boiled egg.