Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flavors of China

Included in each of our vacation packages are local specialities for your delight!  Try the Peking Duck Banquet in Beijing, an Imperial Dumpling Banquet in Xian or some spicy Sichuan cuisine in Chongqing.  And for those extending your trip to Hong Kong  we recommend you try the ever famous Dim Sum* on one of your free days!

 Peking Duck Banquet: Beijing
Once a main dish featured in numerous Imperial court dinners, the Peking Duck Banquet is a meal one must experience while visiting Beijing. Prepared right in front of diners, the chef carefully cuts the cooked duck into thin slices. The duck is then wrapped in the pancake along with a few spring onions and hoison sauce and served to the table.

 Imperial Dumpling Banquet: Xian
photo courtesy of: kaleidoscope.cultural-china
Included in both our Deluxe and Premiere Tours is the famed dumpling banquet. After a visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors, indulge in these delectable dumplings filled with various meats, seafoods and vegetables.

Sichuan Cuisine: Chongqing
ma po tofu. photo courtesy of: kaleidoscope.cultural-china
With the presence of garlic, chili peppers, peppercorn and ginger in almost every dish, it is no wonder that Chongqing is most famous for its fiery-hot Sichuan cuisine. Most popular is the Ma Po Tofu dish. Packed with flavor, the dish consists of tofu and minced meat in a spicy bean and chili sauce and is typically eaten with a bowl of rice.

Dim Sum: Hong Kong
photo courtesy of: kaleidoscope.cultural-china
More commonly known as "Dim Sum", this Chinese custom derived from the ancient tradition of "Yum Cha" which means "drink tea". Tea houses were originally built to provide travelers journeying the Silk Road
with a place to relax and drink tea. Over time, small portions of a variety of foods were slowly introduced along with Yum Cha and evolved into the modern tradition of Dim Sum. Among the vast array of choices, most popular at Dim Sum is har gau (steamed dumpling - shrimp wrapped in clear rice flour), Shu Mai, Char Siu Baau (fluffy white bun filled with barbecued pork), Sticky rice (glutinous rice with eggs, mushrooms, dried scallops and Chinese sausage wrapped in a lotus leaf), lo bak go (turnip cakes) and Chicken Feet (for the adventurous). Dessert usually offers a choice of sweet egg tarts, mango pudding, almond flavor tofu, and much more.
*Dim Sum not included in our Hong Kong packages

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