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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

Taiwan classic red cooked beef noodle soup recipe  

Red Cooked Beef Noodle Soup Recipe 紅燒牛肉麵 (hóngshāo niúròu miàn) The slow-braised dish that is the virtual national dish of Taiwan.

Chinese recipe: Taiwan red-cooked beef noodle soup
 
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

Live in Hangzhou, marry in Suzhou, dine in Guangzhou, and die in Luzhou.

(These cities are said to have the best view, the prettiest women, the best food, and the best coffin wood, respectively).

 

 

 

 
Featured Chinese Food Snippets

Soup, Always Soup

Chinese rarely sit down to a lunch or dinner that does not include soup (in the case of noodle soup, soup is the meal). Unlike the Western custom of having soup before the main course, Chinese prefer to eat soup during or towards the end of a meal … Read more

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