Stories from China’s Ancient Kitchens

Historical figures and traditional values behind Chinese cuisine

Although Chinese food experts say that fried rice is a specialty of Yangzhou, they don't put an exact date as to the beginnings of this dishes origin.(Stock Solutions/Photos.com)
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Already by the Spring and Autumn of Chinese history—between 8 and 4 B.C.—the eating habits of the Chinese people were deeply influenced by terminology and etiquette from Confucianism. K’ung Fu Tzu In a classic book from the Confucian school, “Book of Rites,” it states that: “During meals, wine and soup should be placed to the right of the guests, while main dishes should be placed to the left. Food should not be eaten in one bite, but should
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