Chinese food is a general name of various localities and various ethnic dishes. It has a long history and unique features. It is the crystallization of thousands of development of the Chinese cuisine and enjoys the reputation all over the world. Chinese cooking is one important part of Chinese culture. And it's also known as the Chinese food culture. It's one of the world's three major cuisine (Chinese food, French food, Turkish food).
Chinese food culture has always been emphasizing the concerning on color, smell and taste of food. This characteristics can also be summed as refined, delicate and emotion. This is a standard for a course, and is also a standard for a table of dishes. All these reflect the unique cultural heritage that exist in the quality of food, the aesthetic experience , emotional activity and social function during the process of eating activity, and they also reflect the close relationship between food culture and Chinese excellent traditional culture.
Color refers to the color of dishes; it is an organic mix of raw materials and seasoning color. It also a symbol of refine, it is a general summary of the intrinsic quality of Chinese food culture and this sense as a cultural spirit permeates and carries through the entire process of eating and drinking. The choice of materials, cooking and even the eating environment all reflect the refined characteristic of Chinese food.
Smell refers to the aroma of dishes, including aroma of air and bone. It also reflects the aesthetic characteristics of Chinese food culture. The main reason that why Chinese food enjoys its reputation all over the world lies in its delicacy. This delicacy refers to the perfect unity of the form and content of eating and drinking and the aesthetic pleasure and enjoyment it brings to people. The delicacy of Chinese food not only relies on its taste, but also reflects on its form, color, appliances, even the color of the clothes that servers wear. From see, we can see that delicacy as a basic meaning of Chinese food culture, it the charm of Chinese diet and it goes through each process of eating and drinking.
Taste refers to the mouth feel of the dishes. It's the soul of dishes. And it's the production of organic mixing of ingredient, seasoning and different cooking skills. In China, eating is actually a medium of emotional communication between people; it is a kind of spectacular social events.