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Chinese Food History, Culture
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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.

Chinese Recipes

Chinese chafing dish recipe  

Fried Tofu with Pork Belly and Mushrooms Recipe 鐵板豆腐 (tiě bǎn dòufu) Bubbling away on your table, chafing dishes like this one from Taiwan, are always fun to eat.

Chinese recipe: fried ork and tofu
 
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

Chink, Chink, Chink, Chinaman
Eat dead rats;
Eats them up
Like gingersnaps.


– Saying in America circa. 1930s.

 

 

 

 
Featured Chinese Food Snippets

The True Origin of Kiwifruit

Although its name strongly suggests a New Zealand origin, the kiwifruit is in fact, native to China's Yangtze Valley. Until midway through the 20th century, the fruit was known as Chinese gooseberry. Once a commercial industry was developed in New Zealand, fruit growers apparently decided that the furry egg-shaped fruit bore a symbolic resemblance to their native flightless bird, the kiwi … continue reading

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