Hotpot-Huoguo

The hotpot is popular among the northerners, especially in winter times. The main ingredient for this dish is usually mutton; however, beef, fish or prawn may also be used. It is eaten with vermicelli, fresh vegetables and sometimes dumplings.   The Chinese hotpot is different from the Western chafing dish in that its soup container is…

Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a great favorite with the Chinese, they are also very much appreciated abroad. At receptions given by Chinese embassies or consulates, spring rolls often prove to be a gastronomic delight to the guests. It is not without reason that they are served by Chinese restaurants abroad at many times the price they…

Bean Curd, Toufu

Bean curd may be justifiably called a great invention in old China. An ancient work on medicinal herbs mentioned bean curd in these words: “The method of making doufu dates back to Liu An, the prince of Huainan. It is made of soya beans, either the black or the yellow variety.” Liu An(179-122 BC) was…

Drinking Policy

“A thousand cups of wine is not too much when bosom friends meet,” according to an old Chinese saying. In fact, drinking together is an essential part of socializing and camaraderie. Thus, as any code of social conduct, it adheres to strict rules, 1 .One should never refuse to participate in a toast, as that…