The Delicious Delights of China

Thursday, June 15, 2017

China is an extraordinary mix of landscapes and regional histories and cultures. No wonder there are so many distinct styles of cuisine to enjoy when you are traveling through the country! Historically, rice and noodles were the staples for most of the country. Typically, these are the dishes we still enjoy most today. And vegetarians are still very well catered for with a wide variety of meat-free and fish-free dishes. If you love food, then China should definitely be on your vacation list this year.

One of the best places to explore the widest variety of culinary delights is the city. Traditional ideas and dishes have traveled into the city with the workers, so you’re more likely to get a greater range of flavors in places like Hong Kong. Don’t feel that Hong Kong’s historic ties with the West have had a detrimental effect on the cuisine. On the contrary - The Chinese people have been traveling across the globe for centuries to source new foods and flavors. This eclectic mix is what gives the foods their character.

So what should you look for? Aside from the huge range of dishes and flavors, many of the recipes you can sample are prepared for their medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese gastronomy indicates that meals should incorporate each of the four natures or temperatures of serving. These would be hot, warm, cool, and cold. Dishes should also feature the sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty flavors too.

Eating in Hong Kong also gives you access to a wide range of international dishes, prepared with a distinctly Chinese flavor. Book into a hotel in Causeway Bay that can offer great restaurant service as well as easy access to this vibrant coastal area. When you’re this close to the Bay, you can get out on the water to help build up a much-needed appetite for some of the freshest cuisines you can find here.
Like most places, every region will have a signature dish. Is it worth traveling all over China to sample them? If you love your food, you’ll go in search of the best dishes! The climate does make an enormous difference to the kinds of ingredients that can be sourced freshly. Don’t forget, the cities are likely to be the only places where you can find the modern Chinese ‘fast food’ dishes. City life is fast-paced and modern dishes have been adapted to suit.

Don’t forget, you can visit places like Hong Kong and enjoy far more than just the food! There is a wealth of incredible shopping opportunities like markets, boutiques, and malls. You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a new wardrobe in down! The air can be quite thick, so it’s nice to have a fresh outfit to change into after a long day out.

Whatever you come to China for, don’t miss out on the wide range of dishes that are on offer, especially in the cities. You can sample what you like, but make sure you can enjoy a full meal from your favorite region too.

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