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Chinese Culture - Food

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Yu Liao

on 12 July 2015

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Welcome to the Chinese Culture Class!
What do you expect to learn in Chinese Culture class?
Confucius Institute Of
University of Southampton
Will Liao

What is culture? &
What does it contain?
Familiar? Tasty?
Can you handle it?
Chinese restaurant in Southampton
Chinese Festivals and Food
What did you have for your breakfast this morning?
Chinese people normally take soy milk and fried dough for their breakfast.
Of course, we also have some other choices like: noodles, steam bread, steam stuffed bun, eggs, dumplings, porridge and pickles.
Name: Spring Festival

Date: The 1st day of the 1st month of Chinese lunar calendar which is 19th February 2015

Traditional food: Dumplings
Name: Lantern Festival

Date: 15th of the 1st month of Chinese lunar calendar which is 5th March 2015

Traditional food: Sweet rice ball
Name: Dragon Boat Festival

Date: The 5th day of the 5th month of Chinese lunar calendar which is 20th June 2015

Traditional food: Rice Dumplings (Zong zi)
Name: Mid-Autumn Festival

Date: The 15th of the 8th month of Chinese lunar calendar which is 27th of September

Traditional food: Moon cake
Regions and Food
Food is deeply rooted in Chinese Culture.

One of the oldest Chinese saying "min yi shi wei tian" which means "Food is the first necessity of the people"
Table Manners
ni chi le ma?
Hong Kong
Steam bread is the main food in the North China
Some famous sweets in Beijing
In the middle of China, people usually have noodles or wheat based food
Roast Whole Lamb in Inner Mongolia
Thanks to the strong sunlight, you can have lots of tasty fruits in the west of China
And great BBQ as well...
The food in Southeast China
tends to be more sweet
Stir fried fish, a famous dish
in GanZhou, JiangXi
Si Chuan provice is famous for their hot & spicy dish
Dim Sum


Hong Kong
Soup is Cantoness people's best dish.
1. When eating in a restaurant, the host will order the dishes and the
guests should be silent
Seating arrangement
is one of the most important parts. The seat of honor, reserved for the
master of the banquet
the guest with highest status
, is the one in the
facing east or
facing the entrance
Do not
leave chopsticks
sticking out of a bowl of rice with the tips down
and the back ends up; it implies the food is for the
A popular way to say "hello" in Chinese - "ni chi le ma" which means "have you eaten yet?"

In China if you greeting as:"Have you eaten yet?" nobody will think"Do you want to treat me to a dinner." They just think you are care for him/her .And they will be pleased.
We also greeting as"Where are you going" if meet a friend or someone we know
The answers is either "chi le"

or "mei you"
About one-fifth of the world's population, or over one billion people, speaks Chinese as their native language.
The "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
Qin Shi Huang (259 BC – 210 BC)
Guten Tag
Do you know how long is the Great Wall?
miles, equals to
return travels from London to Paris.

Sichuanese opera is one type of the Chinese opera originating in China's Sichuan province around 1700.
Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume.
What is Chinese lunar calendar?
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the phases of the moon.
Chinese people
have four main
festivals, each has
a well known
traditional food.
Chinese dumpling generally consists of minced meat and finely chopped vegetables wrapped into a thin and elastic piece of dough skin.
Made from glutinous rice flour, can be either small or large, and filled or unfilled.
Made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves.
Lamian a very typical Chinese noodle. It is made by stretching and folding the dough into strands
The lowest temperature here can be as cold as

minus 40
degrees. People intend to eat
foods to store energy in winter.
A Pork hotchpotch:pork, picked Chinese cabbage and blood sausage
the city of Dalian
the Forbidden City
The Chinese Feast
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