Anhui cuisine, alternatively referred to as Hui cuisine, is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine. It is derived from the native cooking styles of the Huangshan region in southern Anhui Province, and is similar to Jiangsu cuisine.[citation needed]

Methods and ingredients

Anhui cuisine is known for its use of wild herbs, from both the land and the sea, and simple methods of preparation. Braising and stewing are common cooking techniques. Frying and stir frying are used much less frequently in Anhui cuisine than in other Chinese culinary traditions.[citation needed] Anhui cuisine consists of three styles: the Yangtze River region, Huai River region, and southern Anhui region. Anhui has ample uncultivated fields and forests, so the wild herbs used in the region's cuisine are readily available.

Notable dishes in Anhui cuisine

English Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Pinyin Description
Bagongshan stinky tofu 八公山臭豆腐 八公山臭豆腐 bāgōngshān chòu dòufǔ
Egg dumplings 農家蛋餃 农家蛋饺 nóngjiā dàn jiǎo These dumplings, usually associated with rural cooking, use thin sheets of egg instead of flour for the wrapping. Egg dumplings traditionally use pork as a filling. In preparation, a ladle is lightly coated with oil and heated, well beaten eggs are spooned into the ladle and cooked until the mixture forms a dumpling wrapper. The pork filling is then spooned into the egg wrapping and the entire dumpling steamed. It is often served with soy sauce.[1]
Li Hongzhang chop suey 李鴻章雜碎 李鸿章杂碎 Lǐ Hóngzhāng zásuì A popular dish named after Li Hongzhang,[citation needed] a prominent Qing dynasty statesman from Anhui Province. The dish, a complex soup, is somewhat salty with a taste of sweetness. Many ingredients are used in the soup but the most common ones include sea cucumber, fish, squid, bamboo, dry bean curd, chicken, ham and assorted vegetables.
Luzhou roast duck 廬州烤鴨 庐州烤鸭 Lúzhōu kǎoyā A popular dish from Hefei which first gained recognition when it was offered as tribute to the imperial court. While not as well known internationally as Peking duck, Luzhou roast duck has won awards and distinction within China.[citation needed]
Sanhe shrimp paste 三河蝦糊 三河虾糊 sānhé xiāhú A regional dish that originated in Sanhe, but can now be found in Hefei. The dish's main components are rice flour and a regional species of small white shrimp. The shrimp are stir fried with leeks and soy sauce, while the rice flour is soaked in water and later added to the shrimp. The dish is brown in colour and tastes pleasantly salty. It is eaten with a spoon.
Steamed stone frog 清蒸石蛙 清蒸石蛙 Qīngzhēng shí wā The dish has been proven to be rich in protein and other nutrients.
Wushan imperial goose 吳山貢鵝 吴山贡鹅 wúshān gòng'é The history of Wushan imperial goose dates back to the Tang dynasty. The dish is lightly coloured and has a fragrant and salty taste.

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