Su cuisineSu Cuisine is one of the eight great traditions of the Chinese cuisine.

Jiangsu Cuisine, called Su Cuisine for short, originates from the native cooking styles of South China's Jiangsu Province. It has a fresh taste, with moderate saltiness and sweetness, which is thick without being greasy, and light without being thin. Meanwhile it places an emphasis on the making of soup and retaining the original taste of the ingredients. Once it was the second largest cuisine among ancient China's royal cuisines, and it remains a major part of the state banquet in China.

Su Cuisine is composed of six styles: Nanjing Style, Yangzhou Style, Suzhou Style, Huai'an Cuisine, Xuzhou Cuisine and Haizhou Cuisine. Among them Nanjing Style, Suzhou Style and Yangzhou Style are the most notable.

Nanjing Style is famous for its fine cutting techniques, which makes the dishes not only fine-tasting, but also very delicate and good-looking. It features freshness, fragrance, crispness and tenderness. Suzhou Cuisine tends to be sweet in taste and excels in using vegetables of the four seasons, freshwater fish and seafood. Yangzhou Style, which has been called Huai-Yang Style in the past, is renowned for its fine cutting techniques, perfect timing, fresh color and original design.

Su Cuisine is made according to precise material choice and a precise cooking schedule . It requires exquisite and fine cooking. There is an excellence in cooking methods such as stewing, simmering, baking over a slow fire, warming up, steaming, sautéing, stir-frying, and skillful braising in mud and baking on forks.

With the Yangtze River passing through it and a coast on the Yellow Sea, Jiangsu Province is abundant in freshwater fish and seafood, which comprise the major ingredients of Su Cuisine. Jiangsu people have been experts at cooking fish with various cooking techniques for about two thousand years. Su Cuisine has exhibited a fondness for duck dishes since about one thousand years ago. A rich variety of local vegetables are widely used in Su Cuisine, including watershield (or Brasenia) from Taihu (Tai Lake), lotus, Chinese chestnut, winter bamboo shoots, water bamboo and water chestnuts.

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Su Cuisine Menu

English Chinese Pronunciation Characters
Water Melon Chicken Xigua Ji Sshee-gwaa jee 西瓜鸡
Brine-Boiled Duck Yan Shui Ya Yen shway yaa 盐水鸭
Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish Songshu Guiyu Song-shoo gway-yoo 松鼠桂鱼
Duck Wrapped in Shark Fins Ya Bao Yuchi Yaa baoww yoo-chrr 鸭包鱼翅
Fireside Broth Qingtang Huo Fang Ching-tung hwor fung 清汤火方

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