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Chinese Tea Types

The history of Chinese tea can date back to more than 4,000 years ago. It was said that the legendary Emperor Shennong was the first cultivator of Chinese tea.

Chinese tea can be classified in many ways, such as place of production, method of production, quality, etc. Among them, the method of production is the most popular way. Generally, Chinese tea can be classified into four categories, namely white, green, oolong and black tea.

White Tea – It is made from the very young leaves of the Comellia Sinensis tea plant. Unlike other types of teas, white tea is only slightly oxidized, which makes it the least processed tea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tea Eggs

Tea egg, also known as Chinese marbled egg, is one of the most famous traditional food in China.

Tea eggs are made via cracking boiled eggs and steeped them in a hot mixture of cinnamon stick, black tea leaves and soy sauce. Due to the unique marbling effect on the surfaces of the eggs, they got the name of Chinese marbled eggs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medicinal Cuisine

Chinese medicinal cuisine is not a simple combination of food and Chinese herbal medicine, but a practical science of nutrition as it originated and developed based on the theory of Chinese medicine. It tastes good and has functions of preventing illnesses and maintaining good health.

The  history of Chinese medicinal cuisine can date back to the Qin Dynasties (221 BC-206 BC) and reached its peak in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Based on the different functions, Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Rolls

The spring roll, also called chun juan in Chinese, is a kind of traditional Chinese food and as its name suggests, it is always eaten during the Spring Festival. In ancient times, it was also one of the imperial court snacks.

It has a long history in China which can date back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). During that time, it was a custom to make cakes with flour and eat them with vegetables on a certain day in spring. Those cakes were called spring dish. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it was given another name, namely the five-spice dish, as people added five hot and spicy ingredients into its fillings, like onion, garlic, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Ciba

Ciba, a kind of sticky rice cake, is one of the most popular traditional food in China. It can be found all the year round in many places of China.

It is white with a simple round shape. In Chinese, round has the same pronunciation of reunion. Therefore, in Chinese culture, the Ciba also symbolizes reunion and good luck.

It is made of glutinous rice. People will soak the glutinous rice in water for a day and then steam the rice in a wooden steamer. After that, the rice will be grinded and then made into small rolls. Read the rest of this entry »

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