China: food and travel guides

by Great British Chefs9 September 2019

See all our foodie travel guides and features about China and Chinese cuisine, before delving into our collection of Chinese recipes to get a taste of the country at home.

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China is a country so large, so rich in history and so full of culture that it's impossible to sum it all up in just a few words. The same goes for its cuisine. While the UK has a deep love for 'Chinese' food, a lot of what we think is authentic is actually an Anglicised version of traditional Cantonese dishes which were invented specifically for a British audience. That's beginning to change, however, as restaurants specialising in region-specific Chinese cuisines open our eyes to the wealth of flavours and textures the country can offer.

While there are some fantastic places to eat Chinese food in the UK, visiting the country is the only way to truly experience Chinese food culture at its very best. From the dim sum restaurants of Hong Kong to the unique Portuguese-influenced cooking of Macao, which part of China you're in will result in very different dishes being on offer. Read on for a breakdown of some of China's most famous destinations, then get to know more about the ingredients, dishes and recipes that make Chinese food some of the best in the world.

Hong Kong

One of the most famous cities in the world, Hong Kong is a place like no other. And for those of us who love to combine travel with good food, paying a visit to its many street food stalls, top-end restaurants and sprawling markets is a no-brainer.

Macao

Macao, on China's southwest coast, is a veritable playground for food-lovers. The unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese cuisines creates a way of eating you won't find anywhere else in the world, with European pastry shops and traditional Chinese dim sum restaurants sitting side by side. Get to know more about the region and why it should be at the top of your must-visit list.

A history of Chinese cooking

China's vast and varied cuisine means each region or province can have completely different ingredients and cooking techniques from its neighbours. Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong and food anthropologist Mukta Das share their research into the culinary histories and traditions found across the country, creating unique recipes in the process.

Ingredients

The UK's understanding of Chinese food has always been quite limited, as we've only really experienced Anglicised versions of Cantonese dishes. That's beginning to change, however, as Sichuanese, Hunanese and even the cuisines of lesser-known regions such as Xinjiang are starting to come to the fore in specialist restaurants. While collating all of China's regional ingredients in one place is a near-impossible task, there are some specific characteristics that tend to form the foundations of Chinese cooking as a whole.

Recipes
Chinese
Chinese

One of the best ways to get to know about Chinese food is to cook some of the country's most famous dishes yourself. Take a look at some of our favourite recipes from the country and bring a taste of its rich cuisine into your own home.

Dim sum
Dim sum
Stir-fry
Stir-fry

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