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 …

Sichuanese Cuisine Rivals Cantonese Cuisine as China’s Best Cooking Style

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 …

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