【Students' Union】Chinese Language Classroom: Chinese Food


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Live for love and love for food.Food is the first necessity of the people.

The topic of this issue: Chinese cuisine.

The Chinese food culture has along history, and shows a strong and distinctive local characteristics of thenational mood. Now we are going to focus on Chinese food in three ways.


Food secrets in different corners

China's vastterritory, with its unique culinary secrets in different corners, has evolvedinto different factions.

The cuisine of Chinese food culture refers to a set of local dishes with its own cooking skills and flavors, which have been recognized all over the country due to the differences in climate, terrain, history, products and eating customs in a certain region. Thus, it is divided into eight cuisines with their own characteristics. 


Shandong Cuisine——a pure, strong and mellow state,originated in Shandong, specialize in sea food and it emphasize on soup gravy.

Braised Sea Cucumber with Scallion:

Sichuan Cuisine——spicy and pungent, originated inSichuan and Chongqing, emphasize the use of chili and peppercorns. Sichuan hotpots is very famous.

Mapo beancued:

Hunan Cuisine——thick and pungent, originated inXiangjiang river basin, chili, pepper.

Mixed cured meat:

Cantonese Cuisine——tasting clear, light, crisp andfresh.

Sliced boiled chiken:

Jiangsu Cuisine——not-too-spicy, not-too-bland mellowfrabrance, stress the freshness of materials.

Pork meat pat ties:

Fujian Cuisine——sweet, sour, salty and savory,.

Monk Jumps over Wall:

Zhejiang Cuisine——not greasy, win its reputation forfreshness, tenderness, softness.

Fried shrimps with Longjing tea:

Anhui Cuisine——Braising and stewing are commontechniques. It is known for its use of wild herbs.

Mandarin fish with yellow eel:



Unlock the code of custom


As the saying goes, "hundreds of miles of different wind, thousands of miles of different customs", different geographical environment, will create different customs and habits, food culture is no exception.

In China, the difference between the north and the south is an eternal topic, especially when it comes to diet.

The south eats rice and the north eats noodles,the south likes sweet and the north likes salty. From the dispute of sweet andsalty to the quantity of vegetables bought in the south and north, people inthe south and north have their own opinions due to the different agriculturalproduction structure and climate in the south and north.

Solar term, is the dry branch calendarrepresents the natural rhythm changes and the establishment of a specificseason.It's now may or June. Maybe you know the difference between the northand the south because of the solar terms?

The beginning of may is the summer begins,after is a hot summer, so people eat food in the beginning of summer, oftenexpress the desire to pray for peace. Northerners tend to eat noodles, springrolls and so on, while southerners eat eggs, summer cakes and so on on thestart of summer.

The summer solstice falls between June 21 and 22 every year. It is a time for folk food, such as "winter solstice won tons of summer solstice noodles". Noodles should be eaten on the northern summer solstice. In the south, some places have porridge in the morning and wonton at noon.

In the rains, there is a beautiful legend. It is said that when Wu Zetian became emperor, the jade emperor flew into a rage and ordered the dragon king not to rain on the earth for three years. After the dragon king of guan tianhe knew this, he felt pity for the world, so he disobeyed the command of the jade emperor and gave a heavy rain to the world. The jade emperor knew that, he forced the dragon king into the earth and pressed him under a mountain. As a punishment, people in order to commemorate the dragon king, they ate the dragon beard cake on the rainy day, which became a custom.

The rain in the south has springbamboo shoots, which is fresh and tender, and is also a good sign of rising.

Look, there are also so many delicious solarterms, how not to make people happy?


Common inheritance is the true essence of cuisine

No matter how differentcustoms, different habits, there is always a dish represents the hometown,represents its own memory.

A century-old brand refers to a brand with along history and more than a hundred years of products, skills or servicespassed down from generation to generation. It has a distinct traditionalcultural background and profound cultural heritage, has been widely recognizedby the society, and has formed a good reputation.

Today we will take you to understand acentury-old shop located in Tianjin.


Dateof creation: 1858

Food:Goubuli Baozi

Goubuli steamed stuffed bun for"Tianjin three unique" first. Goubuli steamed buns are made with half- hair skin wrapped with fresh meat. In particular, the bun pleats aresymmetrical, and each bun has 18 pleats. Son soft taste, fresh sweet notgreasy, shaped like chrysanthemum, color, fragrance and shape are unique.

A hundred years of taste means the hometown, is also the taste handed down from generation to generation, sustenance of the joys and sorrows of each generation.

In the long history, Chinese cuisine has been constantly converging and merging, with local characteristics coming out of their own world, gradually matching with the cooking methods of other places and colliding with different sparks.

On New Year's eve, in the DragonBoat Festival, in the daily life, people use different ways to celebrate eachmemorable day.

For the Chinese people, no matterwhere they are, they are always thinking about their own food. Chinese food isthe common pride of all the Chinese people, but also the common cultural brandof the Chinese nation.

From the migration of life individuals, to the exchange and transportation of food materials, from the evolution of cooking methods, to the flow of life destiny, people and food have never stopped in their hurry. The ordinary pots and pans are full of Chinese life and reflect Chinese  ethics. Chinese people are good at creating food in their ordinary life. Food is also a spiritual comfort for people to transcend difficulties.

This is the end of the sharing. Let’s look forward to the next installment!


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