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Got a date with Asian singles? Learn about Chinese food’s evolution

The next time you get ready for a date with Asian singles, you might want to be armed with a little cultural knowledge.  In China, food is a large part of the culture.  You might already enjoy partaking in some Chinese food every now and then, but taking the time to learn about the evolution of the country’s food will show that you are sincerely interested.

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The next time you have a date with Asian singles, you can impress them with your knowledge of Chinese cuisine.  For example, did you know that the cuisine dates back almost 5,000 years?  In fact, fossilized noodles were actually found in China’s Qinghai Province back in 2005 that were thought to be about 4,000 years old.

During the Shang Dynasty, which dates from 1600 to 1029 BCE, a chef known as Yi Yin, who also happened to be the prime minister, developed a lot of the cooking methods that Chinese people use even today.  Yin’s focus was on the medicinal benefits of food and preached that we should “live to eat” rather than “eat to live.”

By the time the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) came around, Chinese food had come a long way.  The cuisines of the Northern and Southern regions of China were already pretty distinct from each other, but now chefs were discovering things like mushrooms and the nutritional benefits of some types of herbs.

However, it is the Ming Dynasty, from 1368 to 1662 CE, that inspired the majority of China’s modern cuisine.  By then, trade routes had opened up and Chinese people had access to peanuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and chilies, all of which play a huge part in the Chinese food we all know and love.