People from other countries usually are shocked at what Chinese people eat such as scorpions, ants, dogs, cats, snakes and eggs with unborn birds. The staples and main food types are various and surprising in China. There is a proverb saying Chinese people eat everything with four legs except tables and the flying except airplanes. If you are interested in some special local snacks, you could have a try. For sure, there is a lot of delicious regional food such as Sichuan Cuisine, Guangdong Cuisine, Shandong Cuisine and Shanghai Cuisine. China is a country that its people love to eat with gusto. There are some tips to help you understand Chinese eating.
With vast territory, Chinese food has been divided into dozens of different regional food. The Han people’s eight great cuisines consist of Shandong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Guangdong cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Hunan cuisine and Anhui Cuisine. Based on local agricultural products, food in the North and South China are quite different. People in the North like food made up of wheat flour such as noodles, baozi and dumplings, however, people in the south like rice staples. Chinese food is widely loved by people in the whole world, so you can easily find a Chinese restaurant in an international city.
Typical Chinese Food
Spring Festival Food
Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important festival in China. Family members get together to have a big feast to celebrate the festival. People in the North eat dumplings to celebrate the Spring Festival, but people eat all kinds of tasty homemade dishes such as fish, chicken, and pork in the South China.
Chinese Vegetarian Food
Usually, vegetarian food was eaten by Buddhism monks and nuns in the past. Nowadays, more and more Yoga lovers and beauties in China become Vegetarian and vegans. As modern eating habits to keep in good health, Chinese people eat more and more vegetarian food than the past.
Chinese Medicinal Food
Chinese Medicinal Food is a special regional food in China. Due to a dietetic therapy, people started to cook medicine and food together from ancient times. Chinese Medicinal food with rich traditional medical knowledge and cook experience are popular in a lot of places in China such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangdong and Yunnan Province.
Due to food raw materials and people’s eating habits, cooking in China represent differently. There is a common saying about food in China: Noodles are staples in the North China, and rice is the main food in the South China. The flavor in China totally tend to be sweet in the south, salt in the north, sour in the east and spicy in the west.
So Chinese eight cuisines can be short as Sichuan (Bashu) cuisine in the west, Shandong (Qilu) cuisine in the north, Jiangsu (Huaiyang) cuisine in the east, and Guangdong and Fujian (Yuemin) cuisine in the south. Besides, northwest style food such as Muslim food is still popular in China.
To learn Chinese cooking are popular among foreign travelers in China. A lot of Chinese dishes are easy to learn, so you can release to try to cook a Chinese dish. The most common staples include Fried Rice with Egg, Jiaozi (dumplings), Saozi Noodles, Chicken Soup, and Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs. Most food raw materials are available in local supermarkets in China or a Chinese/ Asia market abroad. Here, China Travel lists some easy DIY tips to help you cook China local food.
Chinese people were strict with table etiquette in ancient times, so table culture is very important to the Chinese. When you have a meal with some Chinese friends, you need to pay attention to the table etiquette. If you have a meal with the senior, you should let them start a new dish first. In addition, your mouth should not be full of food. You need to hold your rice bowl when you have a meal.