One of the common food that you can find in a Chinese restaurant is the boiled peanuts. It is normally served as a starter dish when you eat in the Chinese restaurant. The taste of the boiled peanuts is sweet with a little salty flavor; and the texture of the peanuts is soft as it as been boiled for a couple of hours. The Chinese boiled peanuts goes well with porridge; and in fact if you go to any Chinese porridge stall, you can order this food separately. I enjoy eating boiled peanuts as it is delicious and easy on the stomach. There is no excessive oil or spices needed to enhance the flavor of this simple food and yet it has it own unique aroma and taste. Many of my friends including myself can eat this food almost non stop; casually chewing the sweet and soft peanuts with a couple of beers.
I understand from a friend that to make the Chinese boiled peanuts, you need to soak the peanuts for about 6 hours or more. Thereafter, you rinse it and put it in a cooker, pot or a pressure cooker. Add water, sugar and salt and start the cooking process. I think using the pressure cooker will make the peanut softer and reduce cooking time. If you taste the gravy of the peanut, it is light brown in color and it taste sweet and slightly salty. I think the longer you cook the peanut, the tastier it will become; as the peanut will absorb the flavors of the sugar and salt.Unlike the roasted peanuts, the Chinese boiled peanuts is not a heaty food and will not give you a sore throat if you consume too many. I saw boiled peanuts being sold in cans at many supermarkets. But those sold in the supermarkets are either too sweet or salty in taste. Normally I would drain away the light gravy and then rinse the peanuts with hot water; thereafter the peanuts will not taste too salty or sweet.