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The Food Culture in Guangdong


Yum Cha / Dim Sum (饮茶)

 "A pot of tea with two pieces (一盅两件)" is Guangdong's dim sum culture. Many locals stay for hours chatting and reading newspaper with just a small order of food. The varieties of dim sum dishes in many restaurants are easily over a hundred. The bite-size quantity of each dish allows one to venture out and try new things that will satisfy one's taste bud.


Siu Mei / Shao Wei (烧味) 

Cantonese barbecue is famous around the world where many have seen the image of roasted ducks and chicken hanging in front of a store. Siu mei is a staple item in Cantonese restaurants. Some Varieties include barbecued pork (叉烧), roast goose (烧鹅) and roast pig (烧肉).


Seafood (海鲜) 

Eating fresh seafood the Cantonese way is a good way to explore Cantonese culture. From picking live fish or lobsters in front of your eyes to eating the sea creatures with their heads attached, this is a great advanture for any visitors.


Dessert (甜品,糖水) 

A Cantonese meal is not complete without Cantonese desserts. Soupy or custard desserts are common. Two distinct Guangzhou favorites are double layered milk (双皮奶) and ginger milk curd (姜撞奶). Other popular choices include tofu pudding (豆腐花), red bean paste (紅豆沙), green bean paste (綠豆沙), guilinggao (龟苓膏), black sesame paste (芝麻糊) and sago (西米露).


Plain Chicken(白切鸡)

The plain chicken is easy to cook and it can keep the original flavor of the chicken, which makes it the most popular dish in Cantonese cuisine. The way is to choose the local chicken which are no more than 1kg in weight, after cleaning, put it in boiling water for 15 minutes, during this period, take it out twice, the put it into cold water to cool it down. When the skin is dry, mix it with peanut oil. This dish is served with ginger, spring onion and salt. This way of cooking keeps the original flavor of the chicken. The Plain chicken in Panxi restaurant is awarded the Gold Medal award from the national ministry of commerce.


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