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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

Taiwan hot and sour soup recipe  

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

Chinese recipe: classic hot and sour
 
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
"The incorruptible government official will have nothing but salt
to eat with his rice."

 

 

 

 
Featured Chinese Food Snippets

Tea, China's Greatest Export

Chinese cuisine has been exported to the world very successfully. Tea is the one, singular item that has eclipsed all individual Chinese foodstuffs and even the cuisine itself in its influence on the wider world. A drink enjoyed in all its various forms by everyone from Japanese Emperors to Russian peasants … continue reading

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