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Enjoying Chinese Cuisine Culture

Enjoying Chinese Cuisine Culture

At the invitation of Associate Professor Agita Baltgalve, the head of the Chinese Program of Faculty of Humanities at University of Latvia, Shang Quanyu, the Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at University of Latvia, and his wife Zhang Guiying gave a lecture on Chinese cuisine culture to the third-year Chinese majors of University of Latvia.

Shang Quanyu started with the ancient Chinese saying “food is the first necessity of the people”, and proceeded to talk about the characteristics and representative dishes of the eight major cuisines of Sichuan, Guangdong, Hunan, Shandong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian and Anhui cuisines, revealing the richness and broadness and profoundness of Chinese food culture.

Zhang Guiying started with Shaanxi cooked wheaten food and proceeded to talk about the making of dumplings, noodles, steamed stuffed buns, plane pancakes, rolls, pastry, meat-stuffed pancakes, cucumber salads, and vinegar potato shreds, revealing the difference between the staple foods of Northern and Southern China and the respective characteristics of Chinese and Latvian cuisines.

In the ensuing question and answer session, the students interacted with the two guests and gained a more vivid and profound understanding of Chinese food culture. One of the students Elīna Ļeščuka shared her thought in the WeChat circle: “Thanks to Director Shang and his wife for telling us about Chinese cuisine. When I watched the PPT, I drooled and longed for food. After watching the PPT, I must go to the Chinese restaurant.” We sincerely look forward to the relief of the epidemic, and the students can go to China to study and experience Chinese cuisine culture.





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