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Who hasn't eaten Chinese food? The distinctive aromatic blend of soy sauce, ginger, and spring onions has wafted into every corner of the globe. Yet, how much do we really know about the 4,000-year-old cuisine that sustains 1.3 billion people in China, that is the most sophisticated, and perhaps, the scariest in the world?

Browse our collection of stories that cover Chinese cuisine history, culture, interesting facts and folklore, quotations, and cooking techniques.


Great Leftovers
The Humble Origin of Fried Rice.


Chinese Food Cooking Tips
Some basic pointers picked up along the culinary way.

Taipei restaurant  

Taipei Restaurants
Eating Guide.

Chinese food quotations  

The Last Word
Wit, wisdom and observation on Chinese cuisine. Quotes, idioms, proverbs and sayings from philosophers, writers and others, both ancient and modern.

Taiwan rice wine, cooking alcohol   Taiwanese Cuisine – What is It?
A hundred miles from China lies the island nation of Taiwan. Most simply described, the cuisine of this mountainous island on the edge of the Pacific is Chinese, with some significant Japanese influences.
Chinese pigs, pork  

Why China is a Nation of Pork Eaters
Pigs were among the first animals domesticated for food in ancient times, and all through their history Chinese have been dedicated eaters of pork.

Chinese tea cup  

A Chinese Tea Primer
A quick introduction to China's greatest export product.

Chinese tea can  

Chinese Tea History
A potted history of one of the world's favourite drinks.


Soy Story: the History of the Soybean
From wild vine to soy burger; it's been a long and interesting journey for the soybean.

Tofu & soybeans  

Chinese Soy Products
In China, the soybean is an important source of protein, and absolutely essential to the favour of Chinese cuisine. Learn about the soy foods essential to Chinese cooking.

smelly tofu, beancurd  

Deliciously Malodorous
Chinese stinky tofu: love it or hate it, there's no ignoring its reeking power.

Bizarre Food Taiwan China  

Bizarre Foods Taiwan
I was a guest on this Travel Channel program with Andrew Zimmern. Watch the segment.

Bizarre Food Taiwan  

Bizarre Foods Taiwan, Behind the Scenes
A day on location filming the Bizarre Foods TV program in Taipei with Andrew Zimmern.


Chinese Food History Timeline
Chronology of Chinese cuisine through the ages.

Chinese delicacy  

Chinese Dynasty Timeline
A list of the Chinese Dynasties.

Rice Dumplings in Bamboo Leaves (zong zi)  

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China food trail
Read about my trip to Xinjiang, Gansu, and Hangzhou.




Featured Chinese Food Recipe
Chinese sticky rice dumpling reciperecipe  

Zongzi –Rice Dumplings
in Bamboo Leaves 粽子

Featured Chinese Food Snippets

What is Cassia?

The dried bark of the cassia tree (Cinnamomum cassia) is one of the ingredients of five spice powder. Cassia is related to and similar to the better known cinnamon, a native of Sri Lanka. An alternative name for cassia, Bastard Cinnamon provides a clue that, outside of China at least, it is considered inferior to cinnamon, the flavour being more pungent, not as sweet and delicate … more

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