Food: The Three Symbols Of Chinese Food Culture

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(A) Introduction: Food plays a significant role in China, reflect a country culture, Chinese cuisine got a thousands of years’ history. The traditional Chinese saying; “The masses regard food as their heaven” (Min yi shi wei tian), which indicates that food is the most necessity part of Chinese daily life. (B) Unique characteristics of the cultural element: - Food Culture: Chinese meal normally combine by rice, noodles or steamed buns, tofu, vegetable and meat dishes. Different from Western meals, which take meat or animal protein as main dishes. Secondly, there are different cooking methods, included: stewing, steaming, boiling, pan-frying, stir-frying, deep- frying, etc. Chinese people has a lot of ideas, equipment and techniques for…show more content…
A meaning or "power" is associated with foods through food name pronunciation, food shape, colors, food legends, and so on [8]. (1) Chopsticks are the primary eating tools, have been used as the traditional eating utensils for six thousand years. Chinese cuisine tends to serve dishes in small pieces or employ cooking techniques that render dishes such as fish or “hong shao rou” soft enough to be picked apart easily [3]. Became the most significant symbols of Chinese food culture. (2) Dim sum, usually comes together with yum cha. Dim sum usually cooked by steaming and frying, including salt and sweet dishes. It is customary to order family style, sharing dishes among all members within the dining party. (3) Chinese New Year Cuisine Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival, Chinese people especially emphasize wishes for happiness and blessing. So, New Year foods usually symbolize good luck and best wishes. Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, which is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or
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