Sink Your Teeth into Cantonese Food at a Chinese Buffet in Albuquerque

Posted by James Moore

If you’re a student of various cuisines or someone who just loves to experience the world with your palate, Cantonese food from China’s Guangdong—the most recognizable among Chinese cuisine’s Eight Traditions—should be on your radar. At first, it might not strike you as particularly inviting, for the same reasons Matt Miller writes of in his blog, Food Ergo Love:

Bland Heaven

“To talk about Chinese cuisine is to talk about hundreds of different regions, cultures, ingredients, cooking styles, and flavors. I am very fond of the very spicy, pungent varieties, and I have always secretly held a grudge against Cantonese food, because I perceived it as bland. It is true that much Cantonese cuisine does not use chili peppers and strong vinegar flavors in the way that some other Chinese cuisines do.”

However, by the end of his meal, Miller found himself appreciating the dishes:

“First, the food was rich in carbohydrates and soft textures. This made it very comforting and natural. Second, while the food did have some spices of course, the lack of pungent, sharp, acrid, spicy flavors made it pure and unadulterated. Both of these elements created a nice sort of softness and elegance to the dishes.”

You will have plenty opportunities to test Cantonese cuisine for yourself in the great city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city already has a modest community of Chinese immigrants and American citizens of various degrees of Chinese descent. Cooking in the Cantonese style is one way for them to honor their roots and introduce the Chinese culture to other people—both of which are possible at an Albuquerque Chinese buffet place like Lin’s Grand Buffet at Montgomery Blvd.

As Miller notes, many Cantonese dishes are centered on carbohydrates. A check of your buffet restaurant’s food stations will confirm it; steamed buns, rice congee, and various dumplings are easy to spot. If you prefer to order a la carte, the menu will have various versions of lo mein and chow mein on the list.

One of the more notable tenets of cooking meat, Cantonese-style, is to preserve the meat’s natural flavor instead of masking it with herbs and spices. Expect dishes like wide rice noodles with beef to have the natural texture and taste of beef down pat, even without condiments.

Cantonese cuisine also has some popular dishes, like sweet and sour pork, that have long been regarded as American-Chinese inventions.

With its singularity and variety, Cantonese food should get you going to a Chinese buffet in Albuquerque, NM to sample any Cantonese dishes on the menu. If that’s not reason enough, Miller states that the natural taste of simple, well-prepared Cantonese food will also remind you of Mom’s home cooking.

(Source: Bland Heaven: The Joy of Cantonese Cuisine, Food Ergo Love)