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Local Chinese Restaurants In The USA Are Strongly Resisting The Ban On Open-Fire Cooking

Can electric stoves replace open fire cooking?

Hello Foodies, we have grown up eating Chinese food that are cooked with open fire. Common knowledge is that “wok chi” makes Chinese cuisine more flavorful. The U.S. is now slowly phasing out open fire cooking methods as many cities gradually stop the usage of gas, including gas stoves. Do you think electric stoves can replace open fire cooking completely?

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Chinese Restaurants In The United States Strongly Resist The Abandonment Of Gas Stoves

Some Chinese chefs in the States point out that electric stoves can never replace gas stoves. They said that to replace open fire with electric stoves is a misunderstanding of the art of cooking. According to the ‘Wall Street Journal’, Berkeley, California is the first city to prevent new buildings from connecting to natural gas in 2019. Some Chinese chefs also mention that open fire cooking makes Chinese cuisine more flavorful and electric-stove cooking cannot replicate the same flavours.

The Gas Consumption Across Homes And Restaurants

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Many restaurants and households in the States use gas-based heaters, water heaters, ovens, and stoves. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2019, businesses and households that consume fossil fuel amount up to approximately 13% of annual carbon emissions. But, the conversion of buildings to run on electricity in order to reduce carbon emissions poses a threat to the natural gas industry.

American Gas Association And Other Gas Companies Defend Open Fire Cooking

In addition, there have been large investments from organisations such as The American Gas Association and the natural gas companies that are ongoing. These organisations are also hiring Internet celebrities to promote gas-cooking on Instagram, inviting professional chefs to share recipes and increase preference for cooking with gas stoves.

Open Fire Cooking Or Electric Stoves

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Over the years, our culture and practice has left us thinking that open fire cooking with the “wok chi” will enhance the texture and flavours of the food. What do you think about this ban? Let us know how you feel about it in the comment section below!

Source: Oriental Daily

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