Importance Of Cooking In Food Culture

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I’ve always believed that the best cooking is in the home, and a taste of family life is a great way to get beneath the skin of the city. Since I have lived and ate 18 years in Chongqing, I 'd like to invite you to take a glimpse at the house-hold Chongqing dishes, to delight your senses with our exquisite home-made cuisines, to encounter and further understand the Chongqing food culture. Local seasonings are essential for an authentic Chongqing house-hold dish. When my families cook, we normally combine the chili and Sichuan flower pepper to create the distinctive numbing heat—Ma La. The Sichuan pepper generates a numbing sensation that balances the burning heat of chili. It stimulates the taste buds, unleashing explosive flavors. My grandparents are obsessed with chilies, claiming they have a medicinal quality. It is widely acknowledged that the spirit of being in harmony with the environment can be fully demonstrated in Chongqing food culture. The diets are made hot and spicy, because of the humid cold weather and high altitude. The old generation believe to perspire by eating of such taste is a good way of preventing diseases caused by humidity and coldness, since it functions to resolve toxins and expel pus, induce diuresis to alleviate edema, clear heat and dampness, invigorate the spleen. In our family, a wide variety of seasonings are used to perfect each dish. Chili, pepper, sesame, fermented black bean, scallion, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and an array of

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