has one of the richest culinary heritages on Earth. Solid Chinese food is eaten
and liquid with a wide, flat-bottomed spoon (usually ceramic). Chinese
consider having a knife at the table as barbaric, so most dishes are prepared
in smaller pieces, ready for direct picking and eating. Unlike Western meals where
meat protein is the main course of a meal, a source of carbohydrates (rice, steamed
buns, noodles) is usually the main ingredient of a Chinese meal.
of the large and varied nature of China itself, Chinese cuisine can be broken
down into very many different regional styles.