(qīngzhēng yú) A really simple dish that requires only the most basic arsenal of Chinese ingredients.
Cucumber Salad 涼拌黃瓜 (liángbàn huángguā) A lightly pickled salad commonly served in Taiwan as a zesty appetiser.
Cold Noodle Salad 台式涼麵 (táishì liàng miàn) Taiwan has many refreshing drinks, snacks and appetisers to keep you cool in summer, but actual cold meals are hard to find, so you can count this easy noodle salad with a tangy sesame dressing as a rarity.
Pork 東坡肉 (dōng pō ròu) Hangzhou's trademark dish. To eat dongpo pork is to begin to understand the role of fat in making meat taste good.
An enormous amount of rice is grown and consumed in China, but to characterise Chinese as rice eaters, or call China a "rice-based" society, as the Asia Rice Foundation does, is quite misleading. It is true that rice is China's most important grain crop, but Chinese wheat consumption is nearly as high … more