Dining out, in restaurants or while ordering for home delivery, the debate always crosses our minds: should we order Chinese or Italian? In fact, these have become so popular worldwide that their names are well-known by everybody. And you will find these foods, not just in restaurants, but also in roadside stalls, in small hotels, whether in the city or located along the highway.
Each cuisine reflects their country of origin, and brings with it the tastes and nativity of the culture where they were born. That is the reason perhaps, why they are so popular: they bring with them a taste of the world.
Which Cuisine to Try Out?
There are many types of cuisines you will find all over the world: Chinese, Italian, Mexican, French, Indian, and Thai. However, Chinese food and Italian food are the most popular of all these worldwide and are quite ahead in the competition to be the best.
So which among these two popular cuisines is the best?
Though Italian food offers a tough competition, studies have shown that Chinese food is preferred and deemed as better than Italian food. In fact, Chinese food tops the list of favourite ethnic cuisines in the U.S. and the case it similar in the U.K as well, with Chinese food taking first place while Italian food comes in fourth place.
Foods of these cuisines that are found in other places are markedly different than the actual native food found in the countries of origin: perhaps, one of the reasons being that not all native ingredients are found elsewhere, and hence, people have had to adapt to the ingredients found in those countries. Thus, such cuisines today are a fusion of their country of origin as well as their present countries, but that doesn’t mean that their essence has changed.
Italian food: A Great Taste
If you are looking to enjoy something stylish and tasty with having something too heavy, Italian cuisine is a great option. It has many textures and uses many palettes of flavors that appeal to the taste buds. The most popular of the Italian foods is perhaps pizza. In fact, according to statistics, 94 per cent of Americans have pizza regularly and pizza accounts for roughly 10 per cent food service sales. This goes to show the enormous impact that Italian food has had on the masses. Other popular Italian foods include spaghetti and lasagne.
All these can also be made at home, although pizzas sure seem tastier when ordered through popular pizza outlets. People are most prone to order such food while they are huddled together at home, watching a movie, or a sports match. If you are a fan of spicy food, you might not like the taste of Italian food a lot, although there are toppings that you can add in order to help it match your palate.
Italian food is available both for vegetarian and non-vegetarians, with equal amounts of meat products and vegetable products available. You can also choose to have veg pizzas or non-veg pizzas, depending on what you prefer.
Chinese food: The Better One?
Chinese food has been around for centuries, and has evolved with time like all other cuisines. In fact, according to the Chinese American Restaurant Association, currently operating Chinese restaurants in the United States total to an amount of over 45,000. This number is more than the total number of KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Huts, Taco Bells combined. This goes to show the enormous popularity of Chinese food in America.
And not just in America, Chinese food also has a global appeal. From chow-chow to fried rice, to various chicken dishes, Chinese food has been a popular go-to food of most people. You can even find many popular Chinese roadside stalls in markets, where people out for shopping or just an outing swarm to eat.
Whether you want spicy or non-spicy, Chinese food will appeal to your taste. You can even cook them up in the comfort of your own, to please your own appetite or to please the taste buds of guests. Chinese food is just as popular for eating alone or with groups of people you love. Whether the weather is cold or hot, Chinese food is just perfect for any kinds of weather.
While the Chinese food that we eat today does, in fact, vary from the traditional food in China, the roots of all the foods remain the same. This Asian giant’s food is taking centre-stage and has been for a very long time. Now, not only specialized Chinese restaurants serve Chinese food, but you can get them in plenty in other restaurants as well.
In the debate between Chinese food and Italian food, Chinese definitely is the winner, because of its versatility and global appeal.