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Now we have proof: Guangdongers eat more than anyone else in China

Posted: 10/1/2013 11:00 am

It almost doesn’t matter where you visit in China, locals will refer to it as a “culinary capital”. That term has been used for Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Qingdao, Chengdu, Changsha, Tianjin, and on and on.  But there is a culinary capital among culinary capitals, and that’s Guangdong province.

Our fair province was ranked first in a survey held by Baidu, which aimed to find which province or city had the most gluttonous people. We won the title of China’s biggest eaters, which will come as no surprise to those who live here.

Want China Times had the story:

“Eating in Guangdong” is a remark that all mainland Chinese recognize. There is a well-known joke: Guangdong people eat everything that can fly except planes, and everything that has four legs except a desk. With such views ingrained in the culture, it is no surprise that Guangdong came first in the Baidu survey.

Guangdong food is not just popular in Guangdong. Cantonese food makes up the majority of Chinese food found abroad, further cementing the local fare as the standard-bearer for Chinese culinary traditions.

(h/t Shanghaiist


Shunde is seeking UN approval to be a cuisine capital of the world

Posted: 07/19/2013 1:00 pm

Shunde, a district of Foshan which is widely regarded as the home of Cantonese cooking, has sent a delegation to Paris in an attempt to win the UNESCO title of World Capital of Cuisine, Nandu Daily reports. If successful, it will follow in the footsteps of Chengdu, which won the accolade in 2010.

Sweetened fresh milk pudding, courtesy of

Shunde has been preparing the bid since the second half of last year and has had its eye on the prize since 2010. This is just part of the district’s drive to boost its brand around the world. Last month saw the inauguration ceremony for the Confederation of Shunde Friendship Association Europe.

Famous Shunde dishes include Lijixi southern flavour peanuts, a variety of steamed seafood dishes, and sweetened fresh milk pudding, for which you can find a recipe here.

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