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Chinese Food History

Learn about the history of specific Chinese foods and popular dishes.


Recipe Name Origins
Did you ever wonder how dishes like "Mu Shu Pork" and "Ants Climbing a Tree" came to be named? Find out here.

Chinese Recipe Name Origins, Part II
Our exploration of unusual recipe names continues by looking at General Tso's Chicken, Mu Shu Pork, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall and Crossing the Bridge Noodles.

Chop Suey and Chow Mein
Is Chop Suey an authentic Chinese dish? Find out and learn more about the two dishes that epitomize Chinese cooking.

Ginger Beef
Is it an authentic Chinese dish? Along with more information, I've included recipes and cooking tips.

Much Ado about Mu Shu
Not a history per se, but an exploration of how this dish came by its unusual name.

Soup's On
When was soup invented? How important has soup been to the Chinese? Find out more, and then check out The ABC's of Chinese Soup for basic information on types of Chinese soups and how they are used to treat illness.

The Famous Peking Roasted Duck
Learn more about the famous dish that is the pride of many Beijing (Peking) restaurants.

The Legend of the Historic Liquor Du Kang
There is a wonderful story behind the creation of this Chinese liquor.

Trivia Questions
What is "meat without bones"? Is bird's nest soup really made from the nests of birds? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Zong Zi Dumplings
Do you know the legend behind the bamboo wrapped dumplings that are a specialty at the annual dragon boat festival? Find out more, and try a recipe.

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