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

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Delicious Chinese pork belly recipe  

Roast Pork Belly 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
 
Classic Chinese steamed fish recipe  

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

Chinese radish (turnip) cake recipe  

Fried Radish Cake with Pork and Mushrooms 肉燥蘿蔔糕 (ròu zào luóbo gāo) The homestyle, meaty version of that great staple of Chinese breakfast shops and dim sum restaurants, fried radish cake.

Taiwan hot and sour soup recipe  

Hot and Sour Soup 酸辣湯 (suān làtāng) This is a hearty, chunky Taiwanese version of the soup that can be found in Chinese restaurants worldwide.


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

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.

An introduction to Chinese tea  

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

stinky tofu, beancurd  

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

 

Chinese Cuisine Quotation
"Seeing all men behaving like drunkards, how can I alone remain sober?" –Tang Dynasty poem

 

 

 

 
Featured Chinese Food Recipe
Chinese tofu recipe  

Deep Fried Tofu
炸豆腐

 
Featured Chinese Food Snippets

Why Pork is a Synonym for Meat

China consumes far more pork than any other country, and unsurprisingly has the largest pig population in the world (700 million head, says one source). While the sales growth of other types of meat is now faster, pork still accounts for 70 percent of all meat eaten. Pork so dominates the meat market that if a dish name includes the word meat, you can be fairly certain that pork is what is meant. … more

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