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Many people say that Chinese food represents one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages in the world. Having been born in China, I fully agree with this statement, as I myself haven’t tried even one-third of Chinese cuisine.
To Chinese people, frugality with food is very important. It was a matter crucial to survival in ancient times and was later considered to be a virtue highly valued by society. In order to avoid anything being wasted, Chinese people are continuously exploring different ways to turn any edible parts of plants and animals into delicious meals. This quest allows for an assorted array of potential food resources in Chinese cuisine. In addition, drastic differences in cooking styles exist among the different geographical regions in China, which make our already diverse cuisine even richer.
To many Westerners, the varied elements that have been adopted as food in Chinese cuisine can be both fascinating and delicious. To some, however, it might seem disgusting. Above all, it’s important to keep in mind that Chinese cuisine isn’t just about the food; it is also a way to learn about ordinary life in China over the past 5,000 years. The variety of food sheds light upon the different ways in which human beings have interacted with nature and reveals differing perspectives about their role in relationship to nature.
To learn more about Chinese cuisine, I encourage you to watch this documentary. This is a fantastic film because it takes you right into the kitchens of ordinary Chinese households and presents not only authentic Chinese cuisine but also the stories of the regular people behind it. It will be well worth your time!