How is Beijing cuisine different from Szechwan, Shanghai, Cantonese, or Taiwanese cuisines? Through the course of seven hundred years, Beijing was the capital of the Liao, Kin, Yuan, Ming, and Ching dynasties. The diverse flavours owe their uniqueness to the cultural influences of the conquering Han, Manchurian, Mongolian and Moslem people. Being the ancient capital and cultural centre, Beijing cuisine has integrated the essence of the imperial court banquets and Northern tribal dishes. These combinations of various seasonings and ways of cooking; quick stir-frying, roasting, stewing, produces the distinctly unique flavours and one of the most favored of Chinese regional cuisines.
Lee Hwa Lin