All good Chinese supermarkets will stock the many ingredients that are used in traditional Chinese cookery. Here is a list of some of the most popular ingredients:

Soy Sauce - Available in both light and dark varieties.

Ginger - Used to add a burst of heat, especially to stir fries.

Toasted Sesame Oil...

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One of the joys of dating is learning about each other. Cooking a meal together can certainly shed new light on a person's personality. Cooking together is an enjoyable way to share a meal. It all starts with the choice of cuisine. A timid couple might cook local dishes that...

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Rice Wine is fomented from rice, a grain, in which the starch has been converted into sugar. This particular wine is made in a similar way to beer, instead of grapes the way western cultured wine is made. Beer is made from wheat and barley that's a grain just like...

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Tea originated in China, so it has a long history in China. Chinese Tea refers to a method of creating the tea. In Chinese Tea, there are so many different types that come from just a few distinct varieties including: White, Green Oolong, Black, and post-fermented.

The main way the Teas...

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Here is a list of some of the most popular Chinese dishes:

Dim Sum - These famous Chinese snacks originated in Guanhzhou (Canton) a region of Southern China. Dim sum are small Chinese parcels which may be filled with a variety of fillings, steamed or fried and served with a dipping...

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Here is a list of a few essential Chinese cooking utensils:

Wok - Traditionally made of cast iron, curved woks are ideal for steaming and stir frying.

Bamboo Steamer - Designed to sit over water in the curved base of a wok.

Chopsticks - As well as using chopsticks to eat food, the...

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Chinese food is enjoyed by people all over the world and is a favourite take away in the West. Chinese cuisine first became popular with the arrival of Chinese workers in the United States during the Gold Rush years. Besides being quite delicious, Chinese food is both healthy and economic. The colourful vegetables and cooking sauces also make Chinese cuisine very beautiful to look at.

There are eight regional cuisines of China; Shandong, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hunan, Fujian, Jiangsu, Szechuan, and Cantonese, but broadly speaking, they are separated in the North, South, East and West of the country.

Hot and spicy dishes, often with a crunchy texture come from the Szechuan region of China. Cantonese cuisine is light, crisp and fresh. Fish and crustaceans are the main ingredients in Jiangsu cuisine. Soups and stews are very popular in Fujian cuisine. In general, Hunan cuisine utilises smoked and cured food in its dishes. Anhui chefs concentrate more on the temperature that food is is cooked at and are particularly good at making stews. Shandong cuisine is characterised by its tenderness, aroma, freshness and crispness. Zhejiang cuisine is famous for its mellow and non-greasy taste.

The phenomena of Chinese home cooking is a growing one. Many people enjoy making traditional Chinese food, not least of all because it is a food for sharing and is perfect for family and social gatherings.