Culinary culture on menu for overseas students
Updated: 2017-05-31

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Students from the University of North Florida attend Shanghai Polytechnic University from May 16 to 18 to explore Chinese culinary culture. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Shanghai Polytechnic University welcomed a group of international students interested in Chinese culinary culture from May 16 to 18.

From the University of North Florida in the United States, the six students immersed themselves in China's four major cuisines – Sichuan, Cantonese, Fujian and Huaiyang, and had a taste of tender sweet Shanghai dishes as well.

They also tried their hands at making traditional Chinese delicacies such as "chrysanthemum fish", a popular treat enjoyed by people across the country. It's made by deep frying fish cut in the shape of chrysanthemum flowers.

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Students from the University of North Florida learn to make traditional Chinese snacks using equally traditional carving techniques. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The food carving techniques used in traditional Chinese snacks were especially interesting to the students, who also enjoyed the foods' textures and pleasing tastes.

Focusing on nutrition and dietary studies, the students regard the trip to China as highly favorable for their further studies in Chinese and Western culinary cultures.

Shanghai Polytechnic University is always endeavoring to promote international cultural connections. It joined a group of local universities to undertake a Shanghai Summer School program targeting overseas students interested in Chinese culinary culture in 2016. Through a variety of learning activities the program provides the students with a better understanding of China's vast array of food cultures.

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Students from the University of North Florida pose with their "chrysanthemum fish", deep fried in the shape of chrysanthemum flowers. The dish is widely enjoyed by Chinese people. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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