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Popular Noodles in Different Provinces of China

Wonton Noodle in Guangdong

Cat’s Ear Noodle in Hangzhou

Cold Noodle in Shanghai

Dan Dan Noodle in Szechuan

Sugar and Vinegar Noodle in Chiuzhou

Stir-fried Ramen in Lanzhou

Knife-shaved Noodle in Shanxi

Hand-kneaded Noodle in Beijing

A Good Diet Includes Many Cancer-Fighting Foods

Losing weight can help reduce your risk of cancer if you’re overweight or obese, but not all diet plans are effective in lowering that risk, an expert says.

Diets that help protect against cancer are those that encourage long-term changes in eating habits and also provide a variety of options from all food groups, explained Daxaben Amin, a senior clinical dietitian in the clinical nutrition department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Mediterranean-style diet promotes a life-long commitment to good nutrition and also meets many of the dietary guidelines for preventing cancer and heart disease, including:

  • Plenty of fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods.
  • Using herbs and spices to flavor foods instead of salt.
  • Limiting consumption of red meat and alcohol.
  • Using healthy fats such as olive and canola oils instead of butter.
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week.

Another good diet is the whole-body type of diet, which involves eating six to seven small meals a day instead of the usual three large meals. It offers the following cancer prevention benefits:

  • Fruits, vegetables and whole grains in at least half your daily meals.
  • Limiting foods high in fats.
  • Eating lean protein.
  • Daily physical activity.

“Diet plans that encourage short-term change usually don’t provide the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. These diets make our ‘bad’ list,” Amin said in a cancer center news release.

Gluten-free diets are becoming popular but people shouldn’t go gluten-free unless they have celiac disease, Amin advised. Going gluten-free means avoiding foods with whole grains, which are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals — all of which protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer.

Carbohydrate-free diets are another bad choice. Completely eliminating carbohydrates deprives the body of its primary source of energy and of some important cancer-fighting foods — vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.

“Instead of going carb-free, choose your carbohydrates wisely. Pick whole grains rather than cakes, cookies and other foods made with processed or refined grains and sugars,” Amin suggested.

Source: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, news release, April 11, 2011

Popular Street Food of Noodle Soup in Taiwan

Ingredients

150 g Cooked marinated pork intestines (sliced)
150 g Small oysters
120 g Rice vermicelli
3 to 4 sprigs Coriander (chopped)
1 tbsp Potato starch
2 tsp Cornstarch
2 cups Water
1 tbsp oil

Soup

1 whole piece Dried bonito
5 to 6 cloves Shallot (sliced)
3 cloves Garlic (minced)
1½ L Chicken stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
½ tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Black vinegar

Method

  1. Soak rice vermicelli, set aside.
  2. Rinse the oysters. Add cornstarch and mix well. Rinse again.
  3. Mix oyster with potato starch. Blanch the oyster in boiling water. Remove oyster and retain the liquid for later use.
  4. Break the bonito into small pieces. Dry-fry in a pan until fragrant. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in pan, sauté shallot and garlic. Add chicken stock and oyster liquid. Bring to a boil. Add bonito and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Cook the vermicelli in the chicken stock until done. Thicken the soup with cornstarch water mixture.
  7. Add cooked oyster and pork Bring to a boil.
  8. Season with soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and vinegar. Serve with chopped coriander.

Source: Hong Kong magazine