As one of the three world famous cuisines, Chinese cuisine has been developing over four or five thousand years. China has a vast territory with a large number of people belonging to 56 ethnic groups. As a result, various local flavors formed because of the diversity of geography, climate, customs and products. Many Chinese local cuisines are very popular both at home and abroad.
As early as the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Shandong Cuisine, Jiangsu Cuisine, Guangdong Cuisine and Sichuan Cuisine, had begun to take shape. With the further development of the catering industry, Zhejiang cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Hunan cuisine and Anhui cuisine also became eminent, being named eight cuisines of China together with the other four.
Four Cuisines of China Shandong Cuisine: it is fragrant, fresh, tender and pure in taste, and the representative dishes are braised sea cucumbers with spring onions, braised shark's fin with crab yolk and braised mullet egg.
Jiangsu Cuisine: it is famous for choice materials, delicate construction and moderate taste, and the representative dishes are beggar's roast chicken, fried mandarine fish with sweet and sour sauce, stir-fried sliced chicken with egg white sauce.
Guangdong Cuisine: it is noted for variegated materials, novel and bizarre in style and most dishes taste sweet. The representative dishes are steamed turtle with chives sauce, crispy suckling pigs, fried whole shrimps.
Sichuan Cuisine: it is well-known for various taste and subtle variation - especially famous for being spicy. The representative dishes are fish flavored pork slices, Gongbao chicken cubes, mar-boh tofu.
Chinese local cuisines are well known for their excellence in color, aroma, taste, shape and fine dishware. They feature choice materials, fine ways of cutting, abundant seasoning and dainty matching materials, and dishware.
Some Popular Food in China: hotpot, barbecue, seafood, venison and various local snacks.
Cooking Method: frying (including deep frying, quick frying and stir frying.), braising, stewing, steaming, smoking, roasting, caramelizing as well as mashing
Condiments: table salt, sugar, cheese, vinegar, butter, pepper, soy sauce, cream, curry, mustard, tomato sauce, honey, gravy, jam, cube sugar, ginger, garlic, shallot, mayonnaise and sweet soybean paste.
For more detailed information about Chinese cuisine, please refer to Chinese Cuisine.
Additionally, With French, German, Italian food as the representatives, all kinds of western food has appeared and been developing in China, including various western dishes, KFC, McDonald's and other west-style fast food. Besides, Japanese Cuisine, Korean Cuisine and Southeast Asian Cuisine also become more and more popular in China.
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