CiCi Li’s Chopsticks Only, Bradley Day VS Hua Zhang in Huaiyang Cuisine 只用筷子之淮揚菜

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Huaiyang cuisine is derived from the native cooking styles of the region surrounding the lower reaches of the Huai and Yangtze Rivers (hence the name) and centers around the cities of Yangzhou and Huai’an in Jiangsu province. It originated in the early Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.) and gained national fame during the Sui Dynasty (581-617 A.D.) and Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D). Huaiyang cuisine has had a profound impact on the culinary culture in Suzhou, Zhejiang, Anhui and Shanghai, all of which quickly took on their own characteristics. After the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Shandong cuisine has had a great influence on Huaiyang cuisine.


Huaiyang cuisine originated from the old Yangzhou. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Yangzhou was the second largest city in China, after Changan. It is known for its year-round fresh produce. Therefore, materials used in Huaiyang cuisine are primarily seasonal fresh produce. The Huaiyang style of cooking places a great deal of emphasis on material selection and uses more sugar than other Chinese cuisines. It is known for its meticulous preparation process and fine balance between rich flavor and pure taste. Huaiyang cuisine emphasizes preserving the original flavors of the produce and specializes in braising, stewing, roasting and boiling, as these methods are best at bringing out the original flavor of the ingredients. It combines southern cuisine’s fresh, crispy, and tender quality and at the same time incorporates northern cuisines’ savor, color, and richness and is well-liked by both northerners and southerners.


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  1. James Poulter says

    I have watched all of these “Chopsticks Only” programs! So inspirational!

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