Eight Great Cuisines of China

The Cantonese are reputedly China's most adventuresome eaters. According to a popular saying, they will eat anything with two wings except airplanes and anything with four legs except tables. The Hunanese like their food hot – so hot that Chairman Mao, who was born in the province, maintained that one of the reasons that so …

Hullett House Opens in Hong Kong

On 26 November 1996, just months before Hong Kong's historic return to Chinese sovereignty, the then British colony's Marine Police formally beat their last retreat from the gracious old white stucco edifice – to the strains of bagpipes and drums – that had served as their headquarters for 112 years and 68 days. “They did …

Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese cuisine can be interpreted two ways. Either it is the cooking style of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, which was formerly known in English as Canton – thus Cantonese. Or it is a catch all phrase for the many and varied cooking styles found across Guangdong Province. Since there are three other distinct …

Chiu Chow Cuisine

Chiu Chow, known as Chaozhou(潮州)in Mandarin, is located in Northeastern Guangdong Province, near the border with Fujian Province. Not well known in the West, Chiu Chow food is actually a subcategory of Cantonese cuisine, considered by many food experts to be the best of China’s Eight Great provincial cuisines. Because of its location, it bears …

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 …

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 …