Mandarin cuisine or Beijing cuisine (Pinyin: jingcài) ("the capital cuisine") is a cooking style in Beijing , China .
Since Beijing has been the Chinese capital city for centuries, its cuisine was influenced by people from all over China . The Emperor's Kitchen (yùshànfáng) was a term referring to the cooking places inside of the Forbidden City, Beijing where thousands of cooks from the different parts of China showed their best cooking skills to please royal families and officials. Therefore, it is at times rather difficult to determine the actual origin of a dish as the term "Mandarin" is generalized and refers not only to Beijing , but other provinces as well. Mandarin food is heavily influenced by other provinces' food.
Some well-known Mandarin dishes:
- Peking Duck
- Hot and Sour Soup
- Mutton Hotpot
- Sweetened Vinegar Spareribs
- Glazed/Candied Chinese Yam
- Chinese "fajitas" (not to be confused with spring rolls)
- Stir Fried Tomatoes with Scrambled Eggs