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 …

Shandong Cuisine

My desire to eat my way around China, exploring its Eight Great Cuisines, began several years ago during a press trip to Shandong Province. Starting in the provincial capital of Jinan, we worked our ways to the coastal city of Qingdao, making several stops along the way. Every noon and evening, we would be hosted …

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 …