As the political, economic and cultural centre of Shandong Province, Jinan has a long history of catering culture as well. Shandong Cuisine became the representative of "North-food" after the Song Dynasty. During Ming and Qing periods, Shandong Cuisine became the main palace food, and its influence greatly spread to Beijing, Tianjin and the northeast area and known as one of the eight traditional Chinese Cuisines. Shandong cuisine is characterized by the fresh tender full-bodied flavor, and being particular about the broth modulation. Jinan City is the birthplace of the Jinan dishes. It specializes in frying and baking with the taste more salty than other places.