Water Dinner, Luoyang
As a famous dish among 18 kinds of styles of cooking of China the cuisine of Henan Province has already had a history of more than 1,000 years .Since there are many kinds of soup, it is named " water dinner ". Dishes of "water dinner " include vegetables ,meat or fish, cold and hot, salty ,sweet ,sour and hot ones and the taste is quite different. The "water dinner" has 24 courses in all. The process is like this- eight cold dishes are served first (four meat or fish ones and four vegetables), then 16 hot dishes, all in big porcelain bowls with blue flower designs in different sizes. Besides the four dishes which will not be removed during the meal, other 12 dishes, are served in 4 times, 3 in a group with an approximate taste. Each group has one dish as the main one and the other two are regarded as matched or flavour dishes. After one course is finished, another one is served. It looks natural and smooth.