There are many provinces in China, and each of those provinces has its own
customs and eating habits. Then do you know how many kinds of dishes in
China? Actually there are mainly eight famous Chinese cuisines. The eight
famous Chinese cuisines are Shandong cuisine, Sichuan, Guangdong, Fujian,
Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Hunan, Anhui cuisine. So, let have an
exact knowledge about the formation of these cuisines.
As we all known, China is a big country with food culture. Due to the
geographical environment, climate, cultural tradition and national customs
and other factors, those regions have formed a cuisine that is similar to
other regions that are adjacent. And with time goes by, those cuisines
become famous and favored by many people, and gradually people begin to name
those local flavor dishes cuisines.
Cuisine refers to the choice of materials, cutting styles, and cooking
techniques .And cuisines establish their own system through a long-term
evolution, with distinct local flavor characteristics, and recognized by the
community schools of Chinese cuisine. Certainly, during the formation of
those cuisines, there are many factors have affect the formation of those
cuisine. And to conclude from a number of facts that affect the formation of
cuisines, the main factors, which affect the formation of the cuisine, are
Local property and customs
For example, there are many cows and sheep in north of China, so the people
who live there are often cooking dishes with beef and mutton. Because they
can only make use of those cows and sheep, so they mainly live on meat.
Also, if the place is full of fish and poultry, people would certainly like
to eat fish and meat. Besides, in the south of China, which is coastal
areas, there is more seafood, so seafood is always used in cooking. And
people live there certainly like to eat seafood.
Different climate makes different taste. In general, northern China is cold,
dishes are rich and savory; eastern China is in mild climate, dishes are
mainly sweet and savory; southwest is damp, dishes are more concentrated
with spicy taste.
Different cooking method
Different cooking methods make different features of dishes. For example,
Shandong cuisine and Beijing cuisine often use stir-frying, frying, baking
and leavening. Jiangsu cuisine often uses steaming, braising, stewing and
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