Jiangsu cuisine, which is often abbreviated to Su cuisine, originates in the Jiangsu province of China, and it comprises the styles of Yangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Zhenjiang dishes. It is one of the lesser known of the Eight Great Cuisines of China among foreigners. Jiangsu Province has the highest per capita income. Probably for this reason, the food is more gourmet style. It is very refined and presented colorfully and artistically.
Jiangsu province is located in the Southeast of China which is close to the sea and has a pleasant weather, making it not only full of fish products but also varied in the vegetables. With the variation of materials for cook, Jiangsu Cuisine has developed its own unique feature. Jiangsu Cuisine also has a long history, dating back to the Qin and Han dynasty, the area along the Changjiang river mostly served “rice with fish soup” as the meal. From Sui and Tang dynasty, the prosperity in the market of Jinlin, Gusu as well as Yangzhou stimulated the development of Jiangsu Cuisine.
The staples of Jiangsu cuisine are:
- Seafood: Since Jiangsu is on the coast, the fresh seafood is the highlight. The high income means the people demand high quality ingredients, and the chefs are known for selecting the best seafood for their dishes.
- Staples: Both rice and wheat products are the staples. Jiangsu people also grow various root crops for staple foods. A favorite dish and a popular snack is sweet taro filled rice balls or rice cakes.
- Herbs and vegetables: The province is also known for its wide diversity of agricultural products. There are a lot of lakes and ponds in the region, so much watershield, lotus, Chinese chestnuts, tea leaves, mushrooms, winter bamboo shoots, water bamboo, and water chestnuts are eaten. Jiangsu’s comparatively wealthy people are also particular about choosing vegetable/herb combination dishes for their health effects.
Many dishes in Jiangsu cuisine are believe to show clearly the very skilled workmanship involved, in comparison to other Chinese cuisines, as Jiangsu cuisine calls for precise and delicate carving techniques.
Jiangsu chefs pay attention to both the season and the weather, and according to their understanding, they use different foods to achieve balance and promote health and comfort. For example, ginseng is thought to be good for consumption in cold weather, and by most elderly people.
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