Lots of people love chinese cuisine but don’t know a lot about the background of it; there are many interesting chinese food facts that not many people are aware of. Below, we’ve shared some of our favourite chinese food facts to give you a little insight into the background of the food you absolutely love.
We’re sure you’re all familiar with the UK North/South divide. China also have a North/South divide, or should we say the wheat/rice divide. In the north of China, wheat production is a lot more common and people tend to eat a lot of dumplings, wheat noodles and steamed buns. However, in the south, they only eat wheat on occasion and tend to lean more towards having rice and rice noodles with almost all of their meals.
The use of a knife and fork is not very common in China; instead, chopsticks are used. On average, around 45 billion pairs of chopsticks are used in China each year! That’s approximately 2 or 3 pairs of chopsticks a month across the population. They’ve now introduced a disposable (bamboo or softwood) chopstick tax.
If you’ve read other chinese food facts, we’re sure you are aware that China are well known for the wide variety of flavours they use in their dishes. According to traditional chinese medicine, there are 5 key flavours that should be well balanced in the diet, which are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy.
In general, desserts in chinese cuisine are pretty healthy. Seasonal fruits are very commonly served for dessert after dinner. It would also usually be accompanied by a tea; green tea is very popular in China.
Chinese breakfast are full with energy as they’re usually very carbohydrate heavy. You’ll often see rice, noodle rolls, bread, porridge and fried pancakes served for breakfast. Again, breakfast would also be served with tea.