China is known for its innovative technology also its inventiveness in business, and when it comes to food, there is a rich and diverse food culture that is appreciated by the whole world. Every province has its own regional cuisine. Several different styles of food can be contributed to Chinese cuisine. In total there are eight culinary cuisines, Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan and Zhejiang. Chinese cuisine has history and environmental diversity, the food culture is ancient but ever evolving.
The dominant staple in China is rice, wheat-based noodles and bread. In the north you will mostly find, corn breads, steamed wheat, noodles and dumplings. The major reason for their inclination towards wheat was the climate, which was unsuitable for cultivating rice.
Southern China is the opposite of the north, there are more rice-based cuisine in the south. Rice is transformed into noodles, sweet and savoury pastries too.
Cantonese food is the most famous amongst the west, dishes like dim sum, sweet and sour pork are well liked there. The food from Sichuan and Hunan are very different from Cantonese. The major difference is the use of spice, both provinces use spices in different ways. Sichuan cuisines use dry chillies and peppercorns while in Hunan, there is a use of both pickled and fresh chillis. In comparison, the Jiangsu province has completely different food where they focus more on delicate and slightly sweet food, the soup dumplings come from this province.
The immigration of Chinese people around the world meant that Chinese cuisine is now known to the whole world. There are countless Chinese communities found in America and Europe, that’s why the western influence on Chinese cuisine is sizeable. The taste has been changed to adapt to the western palate, but the structure of Chinese food remains the same. Chinese meals are focussed on starch, like rice noodles, there is hot soup with light broth.
If you want to experience the true taste of Chinese cuisine in London, then visit MamaLan and experience for the most authentic Chinese Street food experience. MamaLan aims to bring the spirit of the food street of Beijing to London. They are in three different locations, Brixton Village, Clapham Common and Canary Wharf. Their food ranges from healthy snacks, like Prawn Crackers, Smacked Cucumber Salad, they also have Dumplings, Mama Wings, Baos and Noodle Soups. Their food is made of fresh ingredients and accompanied by home-made sauces. Do give their delicious range of bubble teas a taste too while you are there!