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Chinese cuisine (Traditional Chinese: 中國菜 or 中餐, Simplified Chinese: 中国菜 or 中餐) originated in China and has become widespread in many other parts of the world — from Asia to the Americas, Australia, Western Europe and Southern Africa. In recent years, connoisseurs of Chinese cuisine have also sprouted in Eastern Europe and South Asia. American Chinese cuisine and Indian Chinese cuisine are prominent examples of Chinese cuisine that has been adapted to suit local palates.

Regional cultural differences vary greatly within China, giving rise to the different styles of food across the nation. Traditionally there are eight main regional cuisines, or Eight Great Traditions (八大菜 系): Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Zhejiang. Sometimes four of the Eight Great Traditions are given greater emphasis (四大菜系), and are considered to be the dominate culinary heritage of China. They are notably defined along geographical lines: Sichuan (Western China), Cantonese (Southern China), Shandong (Northern China), as well as Huaiyang Cuisine (Eastern China), a major style derived from Jiangsu cuisine and even viewed as the representation of that region's cooking.

In modern times, Beijing cuisine and Shanghai cuisine on occasion are also cited along with the classical eight regional styles as the Ten Great Traditions (十大菜系). There are also featured Buddhist and Muslim sub-cuisines within the greater Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on vegetarian and halal-based diets respectively.

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Quick Tip by . November 04, 2009
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It's a feast! The trophy of best cuisines rest with the Chinese for its variety, presentation and taste & scents. Be adventurous!
review by . December 15, 2008
mixed noodles
My mom shared this with me when I complained about how i disliked pairing spaghetti sauce with spaghetti. She was surprised as I was that I didn't know this recipe. "All Chinese know this noodle recipe!" she exclaimed. All Chinese people... except me. :(I began making it for myself soon after and it's seen me through late-night writing projects in college, or just a meal I bring for lunch to the office. My mom calls it "Mixed Noodles" but I believe it's also referred to as Sesame Noodles. Basic …
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
Is it weird that even though I'm Chinese, I'm not totally in love with the food? I hate the greasy Americanized version of it.
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