• Typical dishes from different regions of China

Authentic Cantonese & Szechuan Cuisine, Corporate, Pre-Theatre, Buffet & Banquet Meals, Manchester

Authentic Cantonese & Szechuan Cuisine, Corporate, Pre-Theatre, Buffet & Banquet Meals, Manchester

Friday night after a long week at work...what could be more tempting than ordering a delicious Chinese meal from your local takeaway? Many people have their list of familiar favourites, ordering the same thing every time, while the more adventurous pick different dishes from the usually vast selection. If you'd prefer to go out, there are a great selection of Chinese restaurants in most of our towns and cities, serving up a delicious range of Far Eastern food. Or perhaps you've tried your hand at cooking Chinese food and are a dab hand with a wok, whipping up tasty dishes for your family or dinner guests.

However you enjoy your Chinese food, you may not realise that there is much more complexity to the cuisine than simply the venue at which you choose to eat. China is a huge country divided into many regions, and the type of food traditionally eaten across these regions varies significantly due to a range of factors including availability of ingredients, class culture and ethnic background. In the UK we associate different foods with different regions, and China is no different.

Of course there are lots of different regions in China and therefore lots of different types of regional food. But generally the eight most influential are accepted to be Cantonese, Szechuan, Hui, Shandong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Hunan and Zhejiang.

Cantonese is perhaps the most familiar, with traditional ingredients including garlic, spring onions, ginger, sugar, soy and chilli peppers. There are a range of sauces often used to flavour Cantonese food, including hoi sin, plum, black bean, char siu, oyster and sweet and sour.

Szechuan (or Sichuan) is characterised by its strong, often spicy flavours, with food often containing garlic, chilli and Szechuan peppers. Its bold and pungent taste is a favourite amongst fans of spicier, hotter food than Cantonese.

Hui cuisine places more of a focus on using local herbs and vegetables, in particular bamboo and mushroom. Braising and stewing are more favoured methods of cooking in this style, as opposed to the more traditional stir frying.

Shandong features a great array of seafood, such as squid, clams, sea cucumbers, prawns and scallops, often served with locally grown corn and peanuts. Shangdong vinegar is also a major component of much of this cuisine.

Fujian cuisine is light and full of flavour. Seafood is often used to prepare dishes, which are flavoured with fish sauce, shrimp paste and sugar. This region also places a high emphasis on producing delicious soups and broths, again using seafood, which are either served alone or as an accompaniment to several other dishes.

Jiangsu food is often soft in texture, using seasonal ingredients to flavour the dishes, with an eye on aesthetics of matching colours and shapes of the dishes, and soup is often used as a base for many other dishes.

Hunan cuisine is for lovers of hot spicy food, with its abundance of chillies, shallots and garlic. Deep colours, fresh aromas and a multitude of ingredients are other key characteristics of this regional cuisine.

Zhejiang food is mellow and soft, fresh and fragrant. Dishes often combine a variety of seafood or poultry with bamboo shoots, with a distinctive salty flavour.

If all of this is making your mouth water, then perhaps its time you thought about preparing some Chinese food of your own. All you need is a good wok, a set of chefs knives, a decent recipe book and some fresh ingredients and soon you will be cooking up a storm of creative Chinese cuisine.

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