Chinese food is the general name for any dish which has its roots in China; however, with the increasing popularity of Chinese food worldwide, you can find English Chinese food, American Chinese food, Indian Chinese food, etc. where traditional Chinese dishes have been adapted by other countries in order to better suit local tastes. Chinese food is particularly popular in the UK, with a huge growth in the popularity of Chinese takeaway and Chinese restaurants in the country over the last two decades.
Generally speaking however, traditional Chinese food is most often based on flour and rice; the two main food sources in China. Wheat farming and rice farming are two of the biggest agricultural areas in China, providing an abundance of rice and wheat in the country. Flour based foods are often included in traditional Chinese dishes, with noodles, dumplings and breads being particular favourites. You will see these kind of ingredients consistently throughout Chinese recipes, such as Chinese fried rice, beef noodle soup, etc.
Chinese dishes and ingredients differ greatly depending on the region on China; for example Cantonese cuisine, Sichuan cuisine and Shandong cuisine are all distinctive cuisines, which differ from one another according to numerous factors including geographical location, traditional cooking techniques and available resources.
Meats and seafood are both extremely prominent in Chinese food, with crab, prawns, beef, chicken and duck all common ingredients.
Tea is also an important element of both Chinese cuisine and Chinese culture, with China being the first country in the World to pick, cultivate and drink tea. Tea is enjoyed across all financial and social classes in China, and there are numerous different specifications of tea in the country, including green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, etc.
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