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Flowery flour buns (Huamo)
Flowery flour buns, also called “huamo” or “mianhua” is a kind of flower-shaped steamed bun that is very common in North China. As the name implies, huamo is made with flour. Fermented flour is kneaded into various shapes such as animals, gourds, fruits and flowers, and then steamed and finally colored, and the beautiful colors mak...
Food in Chinese Culture
To say that the consumption of food is a vital part of the chemical process of life is to state the obvious, but sometimes we fail to realize that food is more than just vital. The only other activity that we engage in that is of comparable importance to our lives and to the life of our species is sex. As Kao Tzu, a Warring States-period philosopher and k...
Chinese Cooking
Chinese culture food can be roughly divided into the Northern and Southern styles of cooking. In general, Northern Chinese cooking dishes are oily without being cloying, and the flavors of vinegar and garlic tend to be more pronounced. Pasta plays an important role in Northern Chinese cooking; noodles, ravioli-like dumplings, steamed stuffed buns, fried m...
Chinese Cultural Significance of the Chafing Dish
Almost all dishes of Chinese food are, as a rule, cooked in the kitchen by stir-frying, shallow frying, deep frying, stewing, steaming, etc. and then presented to the diners. Only the chafing dish merges the cooking and the eating processes. What is more, the cooking apparatus is placed on the table and fire is made to burn from the beginning to the end o...
Authentic Chinese Food - Hunan Cuisine
Authentic Chinese food is not the sort of food that you get from your local takeaway restaurant. Authentic Chinese food is regional, provincial and one of those regional cuisines is from the Hunan province. More than sixty four million people live in the Hunan province of central China where the cooking has been influenced by all sorts of cuisines. Th...
Soya-Bean Milk
Soy milk (also called soya milk, soymilk, soybean milk, or soy juice) and sometimes referred to as soy drink/beverage is a beverage made from soybeans. A stable emulsion of oil, water, and protein, it is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water. The oldest evidence of soy milk production is from China where a kitchen scene proving us...
How Do Chinese Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival?
Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. There are different findings about the origin of Tuen Ng. The mostly widely accepted one is about the patriotic scholar-statesman Chu Yuan who drowned himself to protest against the emperor. Chu Yuan worked very hard to offer good counsel to the emperor but the emperor won't lis...
Traditional Chinese Lantern Festival Food
The most popular food for the Chinese Lantern Festival is yuanxiao, a kind of sweet dumpling made of glutinous rice or wheat flour. The  Lantern Festival (or Yuan Xiao Festival in Chinese) is an important traditional Chinese festival, which is on the 15th of the first lunar month, marking the end of celebrations of the New Year. The biggest attr...
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