The whole lamb dinner of Linqu, Weifang
Dating back to Qing dynasty (1368AD-1911AD), it developed from the whole lamb dinner in the court Deshun Restaurant, which was famous for cooking mutton in Shandong. There was a saying at that time "You must eat at Deshun Restaurant when traveling in Shandong". The whole lamb dinner has its unique features both in favor and cooking skills because of the hard-working chefs in different dynasties. In terms of different body parts of sheep and viscera, the lamb is cooked into many delicacies with different colors, shapes, favors, and fragrance. People call it "good fortune as one wish". Although these delicacies are made of the whole lamb, their names do not refer to the lamb at all, such as Longmenjiao, Cailingzhi, Shuangfengcui, and so on. A lamb can be cooked into over 80 different dishes. In terms of cooking, the seasoning is sophisticated; the skills of using the cutters are manifold, such as braising, simmering, stewing, stir-frying, and deep-frying. The dish has unique features: soft, light, delicious, crisp, etc.