Flavours from China

Back in France the Chinese restaurants have a poor reputation and are often the cheapest. They serve always the same : pre-cooked dim-sum , noodles and Cantonese rice. What a narrow glimpse of Chinese gastronomy!

First China is wide, and made of many different regions, each one with it’s specialities. For exemple in the south they use more rice, where it is wheat in North.
The way to eat is the same in all the country : many dishes in the centre of the tables, and everyone share with it chopsticks.

Chinese are currently fascinated by Europe , and particularly Paris. In big cities like Shanghai and Beijing streets are full of “French” pastry shops, with “French” name like “Paris Baguette” or “Fait Maison”. Most are very good although a bit expensive, and the French pastries are somehow blended with Chinese style. It happened to us several time to bite in a “croissant” to find, say pork, inside.

Overall food is very good, diverse and accessible because Chinese eat all the day long and street are stuffed of good take out options.
And it is only to speak about Chinese gastronomy, but with so many neighbours, Asian cuisine is very common also, and as delicious!
Our only reproach is that Chinese cuisine is often oily, and with no surprise the biggest department in supermarket is about cooking oil.

Here are some pictures of the variate dishes we tasted, from Shanghai to Beijing.

picy cold noodles, Shanghai, China

Spicy cold noodles, Shanghai

Raw beef meat, Shanghai, China

Raw beef meat, Shanghai

Cold mashed potato, Shanghai

Cold mashed potato, Shanghai

Soup with noodles and pork, Shanghai, China

Soup with noodles and pork, Shanghai

Puff brioche, Shanghai, China

Puff brioche, Shanghai

Hot pot, Shanghai, Chine

Hot pot, Shanghai

Kind of transparent dumplings stuffed with vegetables, Nanjing, China

Kind of transparent dumplings stuffed with vegetables, Nanjing

Fried noodles and egg, Shanghai

Fried noodles and egg, Shanghai

Cold pastas and cucumbers, Nanjing, China

Cold pastas and cucumbers, Nanjing

Steam dumplings, Nanjing, Chine

Steam dumplings, Nanjing

Cucumber with pork and chili, Qingdao, Chine

Cucumber with pork and chili, Qingdao

Seafood, Qingdao, China

Seafood, Qingdao

Beijing dumplings, Beijing, Chine

Beijing dumplings, Beijing

Beef with sauce, Beijing

Beef with sauce, Beijing

Big noodles soup, Beijing

Big noodles soup, Beijing

Pancake with egg and herbs, Beijing

Pancake with egg and herbs, Beijing

4 comments for “Flavours from China”

  1. J’ai faim!!!

  2. …Et les desserts??

  3. Je ne verrai plus mes nems et mon riz cantonais avec le même oeil !

  4. @Mumcocci : pas besoin de dessert apres ces festins ! :) Nan a vrai dire il n’y a pas beaucoup de desserts Chinois.

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