December 12, 2018

Secrets of the Kitchen

 

 

Kunming City, Yunnan City

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Steamed chicken soup

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is made in these black claypots stacked on top of each other.

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The best claypots are made in Jianshui County, hence the dish is also known as Jianshui claypot chicken.

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Jun’an County, Guangdong Province

A village banquet is held on the Double Ninth Festival to honour the elderly.

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Dozens of steamers are needed to prepare a feast for a thousand people.

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Steamed pork with edible kudzu roots

steamed pork with kudzu roots

Jun’an steamed pig is made from a 50-kg pig, and takes 6 hours to prepare.

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The dish is literally the whole pig.

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It requires a specially made steamer.

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Yangzhou City, Zhejiang Province

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Yangzhou is home to one of the four major Chinese regional cuisines. There’s even a museum dedicated to Zhejiang cuisine.

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Bamboo steamers are ubiquitous in any place that sells baozi (steamed buns).

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Tofu slices in chicken stock has a simple recipe, but it’s hard to prepare.

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Under the knife of an experienced chef, a small block of tofu like this

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Can be cut into thousands of pieces, each one thinner than a matchstick.

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This dish is called Lion’s Head–meatballs stewed with vegetables

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Boneless pork belly meat is cut into thin slices,

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Then strips,

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And then into granules the size of pomegranate seeds,

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And finally made into meatballs, which are stewed in chicken stock for 2 hours,

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Before being transferred to a fresh chicken stock, completing the dish.

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The preparation of Wensi tofu also requires expert-level knife skills, to cut a block of tofu into hair-thin strands.

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Learning knife skills takes time, and a good mentor.

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Braised sea cucumber is a classic dish from Shandong cuisine.

braised sea cucumber

West Lake fish in vinegar sauce.

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Its preparation requires the chef to be able to handle different types of flames. Half of the fish is boiled in water while the other half is deep-fried in oil.

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When to use fire for simmering—a small fire with bluish flames.

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When to use fire for frying—big fire with orange and red flames

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