a Tree螞蟻上樹 (ma-3 yi shang-4 shu-4) A simple, spicy mung bean noodle dish originating in Sichuan.
Cold Noodle Salad 台式涼麵 (tái shì liàng miàn) Taiwan has many refreshing drinks, snacks and appetisers to keep you cool in summer, but actual cold meals are hard to find, so you can count this easy noodle salad with a tangy sesame dressing as a rarity.
and Sour Soup酸辣湯 (suan-1
la-4 tang-1) This is a hearty, chunky Taiwanese version of the soup
that can be found in Chinese restaurants worldwide.
Roast Pork Belly 鹹豬肉 (xián zhū ròu) Pork belly, a slab of it, seasoned and roasted in the oven or crisped on a barbecue is a great appetiser that will set your taste buds racing.
Cup Chicken三杯雞 (san-1 bei-1 ji-1)
A classic Taiwanese dish that is simply pungent. The three cups refer
to one each of sesame oil, rice wine, and soy sauce.
Pork東坡肉 (dong-1 po-1 rou-4) Hangzhou's
trademark dish. To eat dongpo pork is to begin to understand the role
of fat in making meat taste good.
Fish清蒸魚 (qing-1 zheng-1 yu-2) A really simple
dish that requires only the most basic arsenal of Chinese ingredients.
Stir-fried Water Spinach炒空心菜 (chǎo kōng xīn cài) Water spinach is one of the great vegetable staples of Taiwan and southern China. This leafy green when cooked right is a great combo of crunchy stems and tender leaves.
Tea Kumquat Tea 金桔茶 (jin-1 ju-2 cha-2, jin-1 ji-2 cha-2) Tasty, tangy drink that served hot may help in fighting cold or flu symptoms. Served cold it is the Chinese answer to American lemonade.
An enormous amount of rice is grown and consumed in China, but to characterise Chinese as rice eaters, or call China a "rice-based" society, as the Asia Rice Foundation does, is quite misleading. It is true that rice is China's most important grain crop, but Chinese wheat consumption is nearly as high … more