Make an effort to know these traditions to help you get about any restaurant in China!
Unlike the other countries, China is a huge country that has many provinces with their own capitals, cuisines, customs and even languages. Though for us Chinese food is just Chinese food, in China the food served is different based on where you are visiting. So here are some foods you should be trying in each one of these different provinces.
Cantonese food or food from the Guangdong province is one of the most famous cuisines across many parts of the world. It may even be identified as a ‘typical Chinese dish’ by many foreigners, but with the locals it is much more different. One of the famous dishes is dim sum which is small portions of food like best dumplings Melbourne CBD served on steamer baskets or small plates. However, what is distinct about the food from this province is that it has a lot of seafood, sauces and healthy soups, dried or barbequed meats and other flavors involved and its all about subtlety. So you would rarely experience a huge burst of flavors, but more like hints of flavors that tease your taste buds!
This is basically food from the Fujian province which is surrounded by a vast number of mountains and seas. Food from this province equally represents this nature with the ingredients that they use. So you’ll most likely find fresh fish, bamboo shoots, mutton, shrimps, a variety of herbs, mushrooms and such all added in to your meal. What is most famous in this food is that they are made using fermented products and so just like with the Cantonese food, there is a subtlety in the flavors that you experience. if you were to visit one of the chinese restaurant Melbourne in this district be sure to order specials like sea cucumber soup, sweet and sour squid, oyster cakes and even ‘drunken’ frog (if you dig that!).
Food from this province is mostly about stews and peppercorns. And so some of the most common ingredients used here to prepare dishes are nuts, spices, seeds, air dried meats and the signature peppercorns. The best dishes you should be trying if you visit a restaurant here is mapodofu which is tofu in chili sauce, beef noodle soup with the famous peppercorn, fresh fish stews and spicy Chongqing chicken.
Cuisines from the Land of fish and rice
Although Hunan is known as the land of fish and rice, those aren’t the only ingredients used in preparing their own distinct cuisines. In fact food from Hunan is said to be much spicier than those from Sichuan. So if you are a spice lover you should certainly be visiting this province to try out their many dishes like hot pot, Dong’an chicken which is poached chicken with wine sauce and chili and even fish head in chili peppers. What is distinct about the food from here is that they are either pot roasted, fried or stewed and that they have interesting ingredients like fermented bean curd or tofu being added in to many dishes. Make plans to visit China this vacation and be sure to experience the many interesting dishes and flavors they have to serve!