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Chinese Food History, Culture
and Recipes

Learn about the ancient mysteries and modern realities of Chinese food. With authentic dishes from China and Taiwan, cooking tips and interesting facts.

Chinese Recipes

Delicious Chinese pork belly recipe  

Roast Pork Belly Recipe 鹹豬肉 (xián zhūròu) Pork belly, a slab of it, seasoned and roasted in the oven or crisped on a barbecue is a great appetiser that will set your taste buds racing.

Chinese recipe: roast pork belly
 
Chinese scallion pancake recipe  

Spring Onion Flatbread Recipe 蔥油餅 cōng yóubǐng (scallion/spring onion pancakes). This delicious, easy-to-make snack is sold on street corners all over the Middle Kingdom.

Classic Chinese steamed fish recipe  

Steamed Fish Recipe 清蒸魚 (qīngzhēng yú) A really simple dish that requires only the most basic arsenal of Chinese ingredients.

Chinese Deep Fried Tofu recipe  

Deep Fried Tofu Recipe 炸豆腐 (zhà dòufu) Great as a snack or as part of a meal.


Chinese Food History

The history of soy: tofu and soy sauce  

Soy Story: the History of the Soybean
From wild vine to soy burger; it's been a long and interesting journey for the soybean.

Chinese food history  

Chinese Food History Timeline
Chronology of Chinese cuisine through the ages.

The origin and history of fried rice  

Great Leftovers
The Humble Origin of Fried Rice.


Chinese Food Culture

An introduction to Chinese tea  

A Chinese Tea Primer
A quick introduction to China's greatest export product.

All about Chinese pigs and pork  

Why China is a Nation of Pork Eaters
Pigs were among the first animals domesticated for food in ancient times, and all through their history Chinese have been dedicated eaters of pork.

stinky tofu, beancurd  

Deliciously Malodorous
Chinese stinky tofu: love it or hate it, there's no ignoring its extraordinary reeking power.

 

Chinese Cuisine Quotation

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.


– Alice May Brock

 

 

 

 
Featured Chinese Food Snippets

The Origins of Chopsticks

Chopsticks have been dug from burial plots in China that are at least 3,200 years old. Some surmise that they evolved from the practice of using a wooden stick while cooking on an open fire to prod, stir or move food. It is not difficult to imagine how eventually a pair of sticks came to be used in one hand like a set of tongs.

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