Gourmet China Experience

By: Kit Heathcock

Does the phrase Chinese food make you thinkof takeaway chop suey and spring rolls? Or have you discovered the diverserealm of true gourmet China, where you won't find a No.43 anything like the Chinese restaurantdown your street produces, but you will find everything from traditional dimsum to Fusion Chinese, gastronomic delights worth travelling to the other sideof the world for.

China is a huge country and produces a wide variety of regional cuisines,many of which can be sampled in its principal cities but some of which can onlybe tasted when you explore the countryside and sample the menu in a historicChinese town, that still retains the old culture of tea houses and ceremonies.

?If chic city living is more your style, Shanghaiand Beijing are cosmopolitan centres home to internationally acclaimed chefsand restaurants that make the World lists of places to eat out in. It would becrazy to eat bland international food in China,where there is such a wealth of tastes and flavours to explore for all but themost timid of palates. Modern sophisticates will go wild over Fusion Chinese,while other may prefer to explore the wealth of regional cuisines that preservemuch of China's centuries old culture.

?Cantonese cuisine is often cited as thefinest of China's regional cooking styles, with its emphasis on the freshest offoods, swiftly steamed or stir fried, but it is not the only way to eat in China. Szechuan cuisine is perfect forthose who love spices, evolved in a humid climate where spices are part of thelifestyle it can go from mildly spiced to mouth-burningly hot. Shanghai in Eastern China, is home to slowcooking methods using soy sauce as a braising liquid.? Beijing lies in the wheat growing region of northern China andits cuisine features many wheat based foods such as noodles and pancakes aswell as retaining many of the cosmopolitan influences of the Imperial court.

?Adventurous gourmets can have the time oftheir lives exploring the huge range of foods in China,visiting the wet markets in Shanghai to pick out that evening's dinner, learning to cook dim sum with anexperienced chef, and enjoying degustation dinners at top restaurants. To getthe most of your trip you should look for an experienced ?and specialist tour operator or conciergeservice who will be able to take you to far more interesting places than youcould ever discover on your own and will look after you in the lap of luxury atthe same time! After all after a day of gourmet food experiences, you want torelax in the comfort of a boutique hotel enjoying personal service, with adedicated driver available to transport you seamlessly to the next diningdelight.

?Once the Olympics are over and the Beijingreturns to just the normal amount of big city bustle, its fine diningopportunities will continue to delight travellers from all round the worldComputer Technology Articles, forany adventurous gourmet China is the place to go for new experiences and aluxury restorative vacation.

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