Hakka Cuisine: Background information when reading At the Chinese Table

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At the Chinese Table

A Memoir with Recipes

by Carolyn Phillips

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Hakka Cuisine

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Poon choy, featuring prawns, broccoli, oysters, fried dumplingsThe Hakka are an ethnic minority of Han Chinese people who migrated out of the northern regions of China in waves taking place in the fourth and ninth centuries. Today, the largest populations of Hakka live in China's Guangdong Province (located in the southeast of China, near Hong Kong), and they have their own distinct language and culture. The name "Hakka" means "guest people" in Mandarin, presumed to be a reference to this group's nomadic history. Much of Carolyn Phillips' memoir At the Chinese Table takes place in Taiwan, and the family of the man she marries is Hakka. She learns to cook traditional Hakka cuisine in part to gain the approval of her in-laws.

Since the Hakka have a history of migration through mountainous areas and sustained themselves largely through farming, their traditional foods tend to be dense and filling. Common ingredients include rice, pork, tofu and soy sauce. Ingredients like rice wine and salt ensured foods could be preserved and eaten later.

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