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Hey, just roast it

08-04-2010 08:26 BJT

In human history, the very first cooked food was roasted. Today, after thousands of decades, roasted food is still favored and popular. And the basic method has not changed, just evolved to take on different styles.

Today, after thousands of decades, roasted food is still favored and popular.
Today, after thousands of decades, roasted food is still favored and popular.

The general roasting process involves marinating and seasoning. Beyond the basic process, the details vary quite a lot in different places. In ancient Beijing, there were two styles of roasting for different classes. For upper-class people, servants did the roasting for them but for ordinary people, the style was much more frank and straightforward.

There are some differences not only in style, but also in flavor. For example, in Wuhan, roasted foods are very spicy, while in Yunnan, they are sweet. This is quite like barbeque in the U.S., people in Missouri like a sweet and sour sauce while people in Texas like it spicy.

The means of roasting also embodies the differences. With enhanced techniques and raised awareness of environmental protection, more and more people are using smoking, teppanyaki and electric roasting instead of open-fire roasting. However, some people still prefer the flavor of open-fire roasts.

Besides the forms above, there is another form of roast: roast in a fire-pit. This is very common in Xinjiang in China. The most important part is making the pit. People need to build a nice fire-pit carefully. This kind of fire pit is also quite common in India. You can put a meter-long kebab or entire chicken into the pit.

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