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China is the 4th largest country in the world with 8 unique gastronomic styles and flavours which represent the 23 different provinces of China. Hong Kong offers a range of cuisines from across the globe, including many of those found in our mainland counterpart.
Here are some places to try:
Guangdong Province – Chuichow cuisine
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The Guangdong province is the leader of the Chiu Chow cuisine; branching off to cities like Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang.
Some of the highlighted dishes include: seafood, goose, and duck, which are usually steamed, poached or braised. I would say that Chiu Chow maybe one of the healthiest cuisines as small amounts of oils are used. A few famous dishes to try are:
Chiu Chow Congee
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Where To Try: Hung’s Delicacies
Shop A, EGL Tower, No 83 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong
Sichuan Province – Sichuan cuisine
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Sichuan is a province in southwest China where the capital is Chengdu.
The cuisine is known for their use of chilli peppers, tingly Sichuan peppercorns and garlic – the main elements that make up the Sichuan cuisine. Wrong. The cuisine uses a range of spices as well as the the ingredients named above, creating a harmonious and aromatic flavour for a sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic, and salty dish. The dishes are usually prepared by pickling, drying and salting with heavy use of chilli oil to give you a true kick of Sichuan cuisine.
Try some of their famous dishes:
Kung pao chicken – diced chicken with peppers and peanuts
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Ma po tofu
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Where To Eat: Yun Yan
Shop 1001B, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street,
Northern Coastal Province – Shandong style
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Shandong cuisine is one the eight cuisines of China, and is the most influential within Chinese cuisine. It’s the head chef to most dishes in China as the cooking techniques were seen as the most important during the Qing Dynasty.
Located near the coast with mountainous regions along with plains – Shandong is a fertile land, providing an abundance of seafood, grains and sea salt. The prosperity of resources allowed the people to get creative, thus forming delicious dishes.
The main cooking techniques often involve quick frying, stir-frying, braising and deep fat-frying, roasting, boiling, using sugar to make fruit, crystallising with honey and more. The Shandong cuisine was further divided into two other cuisines: Jiaodong, which involves light dishes like seafood (Eastern Shandong) and Jinan – dealing with soups in either clear or white varieties.
Here are some dishes to try:
Sweet and sour yellow river carp
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Shredded pork with peking sauce
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Where To Eat: HuTong
28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Fujian Province, Southeast China
– Fujian cuisine
Located along the coast, Fujian has the advantage of the sea and the mountains, which allows them to obtain an abundance of local fish and woodland produce, like mushrooms and bamboo shoots.
The cuisine is light and flavourful which ultimately creates almost an umami flavour for each dish. However, the emphasis in Fujian cuisine is the soup, as most dishes are served in soup. Every ingredient is integral in the creation of a perfect broth for the food to rest in.
Seafood is predominantly served in Fujian cuisine, so the fish have to be cut in a certain way in order to infuse the flavours.
Fujian’s cuisine has four different styles:
Fuzhou – famous for their soups with a mixed sweet and sour taste.
Western Fujian – slightly spicy tastes from mustard and pepper.
Southern Fujian – Spicy and sweet tastes using an array of sauces
Quanzhou – the least oily but the strongest taste/flavour of Fujian cuisine
Here are some dishes to try:
Bian rou – Fujianese wonton soup
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Pan-fried yellow croakers
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Braised bean curd with Chinese cabbage
Where To Eat: Putien
Shop A, 7/F,Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street,
Hunan Province, South Central of China – Hunan cuisine
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The literal meaning of Hunan is “south of the lake”. It is situated just south of Dongting Lake, which is the second largest fresh water lake in China.
Hunan cuisine can be easily mistaken for Sichuan cuisine, as both provinces share certain aspects to their food. However, they can be fairly easy to distinguish from one another – Hunan dishes have a hot, sour and salty flavour due to their use of vinegar-pickled chillies with salt. Hunan is much spicier as compared to Sichuan cuisine based on the fact that the dishes use more of the chillies and also stronger varieties. Sichuan cuisine uses peppercorns and chillies to create a numbing sensation, and it’s much oilier as well.
Are you ready for a spicy kick in the palette, try some of these dishes:
Fried shrimp skewer
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Sea snails in spicy wine
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Where To Eat: Savoury Kitchen
2/F-3/F, Weswick Commercial Building,147/149
Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai