Anhui Cuisine: China’s Best Kept Culinary Secret

Anhui cuisine, known as Hui Cai (徽菜) in Mandarin, is perhaps China’s best kept culinary secret. The flavours are rich and subtle thanks to the careful use to hams and sugared candies to enrich and deepen flavours. Wild herbs – from both the land and the sea – are frequently used. It is similar in …

Jiangsu Cuisine: Drawing on the Cooking Styles of the Yangtze River Delta

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 …

Shandong Cuisine: Where It All Began

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 …

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 …