Foodie Challenge: Can I Eat My Way Around China Without Leaving Shenzhen?

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Xingli Private Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen.

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My mission is to eat my way around China without crossing the Shenzhen city limits. Will I succeed? Home to migrants from all over the country, Shenzhen has restaurants serving an incredible array of regional Chinese cuisine. I set out to sample each one of China's so-called Eight Great Cuisines – plus the four major cooking styles of Guangdong Province – all within one week.

Shenzhen 101

Shenzhen is a special economic zone located just north of Hong Kong. Because it has attracted large numbers of migrants from other parts of China, eating out there can be quite an adventure.

Unlike Hong Kong, where most Chinese restaurants serve Cantonese cuisine, Shenzhen is full of restaurants serving food from other parts of the country. A couple of years ago I spent more than a week exploring the city in search of each of one China's Eight Great Cuisines – as well as the four distinct varieties of Cantonese cuisine.

My goal is to eat my way around China without leaving the Shenzhen city limits. Will I succeed? I can tell you this – some of those cooking styles are easier to track down that others! Will I achieve my goal?

In celebration of Chinese New Year 2013, I am publishing links to the 12 posts I published on this topic. Won't you follow me on this culinary adventure?

China's Eight Great Cuisines: an Introduction

Foodie Challenge: Can I Eat My Way Around China Without Leaving Shenzhen?
Eight Great Cuisines of China (中国8大菜系 )
Cantonese Cuisine: China's Most Popular Cooking Style (粤菜)
Chiu Chow Cuisine: Regional Cantonese Food (潮州菜 )
Hakka Cuisine: Regional Cantonese Food (客家菜)
Shun Tak Cuisine: Regional Cantonese Food (信德 菜)
Hunanese Cuisine: Chairman Mao's Favourite (湘菜)
Sichuanese Cuisine: Famous for Numbing Peppers (川菜)
Jiangsu Cuisine: Huaiyang Food (Part 1) (蘇菜)
Zhejiang Cuisine: Huaiyang Food (Part 2) (浙菜)
Anhui Cuisine: China's Best Kept Culinary Secret? (徽菜)
Shandong Cuisine: This Is Where Peking Duck Originates (魯菜)
Fujian Cuisine: Popular in Taiwan(闽菜)
 

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