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A Bite of China

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Danyi LYU

on 5 June 2014

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Transcript of A Bite of China

A Bite of China
2012 Chinese documentary television series
Welcome to China and enjoy a meal with us !

We sit around a round table
and share together dishes.

Your chinese friends may take food with chopsticks and pour the wine for you.

- to show their respect and welcome ( your respect is to accept)
- to show that we are close friends
A big chinese dinner is consist of...
cold dishes ( like l’entrée)
hot dishes
sweet and salty snacks
staple food

" Five flavors" of Chinese food
"harmony of five flavors"
The salty flavor
the simplest and most important one among the five flavors
The sour flavor
help digestion and boost appetite
many varieties
The spicy flavor
the most pungent and complex one among the five flavors
The bitter flavor
indispensable in cooking but rarely used alone
can remove fishy smell and bring out the flavor of meat
The sweet flavor
a neutralizer among basic flavors
"xian", or freshness
-An important flavor listed out of the "five flavors"
"fresh and delicious"
Mapo doufu:
from the Sichuan (Szechuan) province. It is a combination of tofu (bean curd) set in a spicy chili- and bean-based sauce,
Dongpo Pork
understand the role of fat in making meat taste good
four hours to make dongpo pork


eaten during the Duanwu Festiva
"Jiaxing zongzi"。 - one famous kind of zongzi in mainland China
Northern styl: e sweet and dessert-like. Southern-style zongz: more savory (salted duck egg, pork belly, taro, shredded pork or chicken)
Foods for traditional chinese festivals
The Spring Festival
-jiaozi in north
-niangao in south
The Lantern Festival
yuanxiao, rice dumplings
Tomb Sweeping Day
The sweet green rice balls (Qing Tuan)
in the south of the Yangtze River
Mid-Autumn Festival
roundest and brightest moon
a symbol for family reunion

popular in Shanghai, Wuxi, Changzhou and other places in the south
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