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Encyclopedia > Hunan cuisine
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Hunan Cuisine, sometimes called Xiang Cuisine (湘菜 pinyin xiāng ci), consists of the cuisines of the Xiangjiang region, Dongting Lake and western Hunan Province, in China.


While similar to Szechuan cuisine, Hunan Cuisine is often spicier and contains a larger variety of ingredients. Hunan is known for its liberal use of chilli peppers, shallots and garlic. Many Hunan dishes are characterized by a strongly flavored brown sauce. Some rely on sweetness from ingredients such as honey; sweet and sour sauces are also characteristic of the style.


Hunan cuisine is difficult to precisely characterize, as it has absorbed stylistic elements from all over China. For this reason, the region is sometimes regarded as China's culinary center. Common cooking techniques include stewing, frying, pot-roasting, braising, and smoking. Due to the high agricultural output of the region, ingredients for Hunan dishes are many and varied.


Some representative Hunan dishes include:

  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Orange Beef
  • Crispy Duck
  • Dongan Chicken
  • Peppery and Hot Chicken (Hot and Spicy Chicken)
  • Lotus Seeds in Sugar Candy

See also: cuisine, Chinese Cuisine, Szechuan cuisine, Cooking


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Hunan borders Hubei in the north, Jiangxi to the east, Guangdong to the south, Guangxi to the southwest, Guizhou to the west, and Chongqing to the northwest.
The Xiangjiang, the Zijiang, the Yuanjiang and the Lishui Rivers converge on the Yangtze River at Lake Dongting (Dongting Hu, 洞庭湖) in the north of Hunan.
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