Post Archive by Month: April,2018

Introduction to Chinese Cuisine – Part Three: Chinese Breakfast

早饭 zǎofàn – early food Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in China, breakfast is taken seriously. Unlike in the UK, many Chinese workers and students eat breakfast outside in small breakfast restaurants which can often be pointed with a big sign saying 早点 zǎodiǎn. They typically open at around 4am with the sunrise. By 6am they’re

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Introduction to Chinese Cuisine – Part Two: Regional Cuisines

China is a vast, rich and fertile land. Each region’s cuisine has its own unique characteristics depending on its climate, local ingredients and cultural influences. In part one, we explored the Eight Great Culinary Styles of Chinese cuisine, but that doesn’t even cover half of it – there’s so much more… What about China’s capital city? Beijing Cuisine 京菜 The

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Introduction to Chinese Cuisine – Part One: The Eight Great Culinary Styles

民以食為天 – Food is the God of the people This ancient Chinese saying just shows how significant food is to the Chinese. Due to the China’s sheer size and diversity, sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming understanding what kind of food you can expect to eat in different regions of China. Conveniently, the Chinese cuisine can be broken down

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The Qingming Festival

In the West, we have Halloween. In Mexico, it’s Dia de los Muertos and in Japan, the Obon Festival. Every culture has its own unique way of celebrating the dead and China, with its far reaching ancient history, is in no way an exception. The Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, is one of China’s many ancient holidays and has

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