Chinese food: the regional differences

May 29, 2015 7:21 am

While we often refer to “Chinese cuisine”, China is, in fact, a melting pot of different flavours, ingredients and dishes that are influenced by its cultures, geography and history. Here in the UK, our experience of “Chinese food” tends to be focused on Cantonese and Sichuan dishes: but from the sweet and salty offerings of Jiangsu to highly spiced dishes of Hunan, there is plenty more to discover. The food of China is broadly divided into eight key culinary styles, with each having its own recognisable ingredients, flavours, methods of cooking and signature dishes. Sichuan cuisine: bold and spicy... With plenty of garlic, chilli and ginger - and, of course, Sichuan pepper - Sichuan cuisine is characterised by its pungent and spicy flavours. The area produces plenty of mushrooms, vegetables and rice, which form the basis of many of the region’s dishes, while pork, beef and rabbit are more popular here...

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From Paris to Iceland: Cafe Asia frozen Asian snacks launch in Iceland warehouse stores

May 6, 2015 1:14 pm

After initially meeting at international food trade show SIAL Paris in October 2014, Cafe Asia is launching in Iceland’s six Food Warehouse stores throughout the UK from May 13th, with hopes of a national roll-out. Trading for over 30 years, Cafe Asia is a family-run business producing authentic frozen Asian snack food products with a contemporary twist. Every product uses real herbs and spices and fresh ingredients, with no artificial additions. Ingredients are carefully sourced and quality is regularly benchmarked to ensure unique and delicious handmade, home-style snacks that meet Cafe Asia’s exacting standards. The deal forged with Iceland is testament to Cafe Asia sticking to its guns, producing only authentic recipes that are kitchen quality from a mass production factory. The brand has a strong focus on new product development and a commitment to an ever-expanding range of authentic Asian products that are accessible to a Western...

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