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COUNTRY FLAVOURS
HISTORY & INFLUENCES
ICONIC DISHES
Spiceology

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Country flavours

In each of the eight dominant Chinese cuisines, the balance of flavour is fundamental. Often considered one of the world’s oldest evolving cuisines, the Chinese believe the sign of a good cook is their knowledge and skill in blending and balancing. They say the magic is in the mixture, and each dish must be perfectly harmonised with a mix of all tastes in every mouthful.  […]

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History & influences

Chinese cuisine is one of the oldest in the world, reaching all the way back to the first millennia BC, managing to survive, evolve and grow into the behemoth it is today, using countless techniques based on empirical knowledge and combined with traditional herbal medicine. Chinese cuisine has had many incarnations and has seen a remarkable transition through history. During the Zhou Dynasty over 5,000 years ago, grains like beans, millet, barley, and brown rice were popular as sustenance and it was during this time, history books recorded the first use of a grill to cook meats and fish.  […]

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Iconic dishes

It’s hard to choose one iconic dish or cuisine, given the extraordinary cultural and culinary influences right across China. Experts in the clever craft of flavour balancing, Chinese cuisine varies from fiery stir-fries, sweet and sour pork, chop suey and char siu of the Cantonese cuisine, to the Five-Spiced crispy chicken of Sichuan, steaming hot pots of the East, and centuries-old Peking Duck recipe of Beijing served with bowls of steamed rice or noodles. Dishes are finished with sweet egg tarts and warm pots of Jasmine tea. Street food in China, like most of the world, is quick and easy and covers everything from dumpling carts, steamed buns, soups, glutinous rice balls and fragrant spring onion pancakes.

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Spiceology

Though the typical Five Spice blend of cinnamon, fennel, star anise, Sichuan pepper, and clove is the most prevalent when it comes to spice production and use in China, there are many others including white pepper, a variety of dried chillies, black cardamom, bay leaf, and cumin making China a predominant player in the world’s spice route and staying true to its Silk Road roots. […]

Though the typical Five Spice blend of cinnamon, fennel, star anise, Sichuan pepper, and clove is the most prevalent when it comes to spice production and use in China, there are many others including white pepper, chillies, black cardamom, bay leaf, and cumin. […]

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