Introduction to Chinese food culture

Food in Chinese people’s important role in daily life. there is an old saying in China named “民以食为天”. meaning food is god.Most of China’s festivals take food as the main event, and Chinese business talks and entertainment are often accompanied by delicious food.

The Chinese eat three meals a day. In the morning people will eat some light food, such as fried dough sticks, soymilk, baozi, porridge. There will be some good food and meat for lunch. The Chinese people’s dinner party is rich in colorful food.

China has a large land area and a long history, but for a long time every administrative area shape, only a small change, people in different areas in their own region gathered for a long time, and formed a distinct regional characteristic. So there are eight major cuisines in China. They are Sichuan cuisine, Guangdong cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Shandong cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Anhui cuisine. Chinese food is especially focused on materials, heat and taste, and the dishes are delicious.

Article: China’s eight major cuisines.

The Chinese prefer to be cooked and have less raw food. The taste is mainly salty, and individual dishes are sweet. In most cases, there are hot dishes, but there are also some cold dishes, mainly for summer.Meat is mainly pork, chicken, fish and beef.
 
There are north-south differences in Chinese food culture. People in the north mainly eat pasta and southerners mainly rice. People in the north don’t eat spicy food, but southerners eat hot. Northerners prefer pork, duck and mutton, while southerners prefer pork, beef and chicken. Chinese meat releases blood so it can keep the meat tasty.
(满汉全席)The Man-han banquet.
(聚餐)The dinner party.

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