Dining in Yunnan
Although Yunnan food is not officially listed
in the "Eight Schools of Chinese Cuisine", Yunnan food is
considered No.9 by many Chinese people because of the colorful
dining customs in Yunnan. Foods in Yunnan can generally be
divided into two categories.
People in the northeastern part of the province
(which is inhabited largely by Han people) eat food similar
to Sichuan cuisine due to the fact that it is close to Sichuan
and thus has many contacts with this spicy province.
Those in the the western and southwestern
parts of the province however, are more influenced by various
ethnic groups as well as neighboring Vietnam and Laos. The
most representative are those in the southern part of Yunnan,
where the mild climate has helped the growth of many rare
fruits and vegetables.
In a word, Yunnan food features delicacies
from the mountains and seas. The most famous courses include:
chicken braised with chrysanthemum and tremella, regional
mushrooms/fungi and Yunnan noodle.