Hakka Cuisine

The Hakka, known as Kejia (客家)or “guest people” in Mandarin, are scattered across southeastern China, mostly in Guangdong and Fujian provinces. They can also be found in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. There are an estimated 30 to 45 million Hakkan descendants worldwide. Famous Hakkans include Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China; China's …

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Shun Tak Cuisine

Shun Tak, known in Mandarin as Shun De (顺德), is a district in the municipality of Foshan, half way between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Known as a land of plenty, it is surrounded by banana trees, fish farms, fruit orchards, mulberry bushes, rice paddies, and sugarcane fields. There is also an extensive network of waterways. …

Sichuanese Cuisine

Sichuan Province is home to one of China's most widely respected Eight Great cuisines. While not as popular outside the country as Cantonese cuisine, inside the country it is highly regarded. Some would argue that it rivals Cantonese cuisine as the the Middle Kingtom's top cooking style. In sharp contrast to Cantonese cuisine, which features …

Some Like It Hot!

Located in Sichuan Province, the city of Chongqing became a provincial level municipality – one of only four in the country – in 19??. Its cuisine – which is highly spiced and strongly flavoured – would best be described as a subcategory of Sichuanese cuisine. Popular Chongqing dishes include twice-cooked pork, Aunt Ma's tofu, and …

Hunanese Cuisine: Chairman Mao’s Favourite

Next to Cantonese cuisine, the two most widely known styles of Chinese cooking outside the mainland are Sichuanese, known in Putonghua as Chuan Cai (川菜), and Hunanese, known as Xiang Cai (湘菜). The name is derived from the Xiang River, which flows through the province. Shenzhen is awash with restaurants serving dishes from both provinces. …

Jiangsu Cuisine

Jiangnan refers to the region just south of the lower reaches of China's legendary Yangtze River. It includes the northern parts of Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces and the southern parts of Anhui and Jiangsu provinces. Important cities include Changzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shaoxing, and Wuxi – as well as the legendary twin cities of Suzhou …

Zhejiang Cuisine

If Suzhou is known for classical gardens, canals, fine silks, and beautiful women, Hangzhou has a different set of attributes. With West Lake at its heart, it is surrounded by mountains on three sides, embodying the very essence of a traditional Chinese landscape painting. Pagodas and temples dot the landscape. Marco Polo was so enchanted …

Fujian Cuisine

After successfully locating restaurants serving seven of China's Eight Great Cuisines, I hit a roadblock. There didn't seem to be any restaurants in Shenzhen serving dishes from the province of Fujian. I managed to track down a few dimly lit fast food shops, but none looked very appealing. I didn't really want to try any …