Eating and Shopping with Chinese- Canadian households

According to the historian Alan Davidson, China has four great cooking styles that correspond to the four cardinal coordinates: the northern style is centred on Beijing and the Yellow River valley stretching to the east up to Shandong; the central and western style that is concentrated around Sichuan but also includes Ghuizhou, Yunnan, Hunan,and Hubei; the southeastern style which includes Shanghai, Zhejiang,and Anhui; and finally the southern style, from Canton, Guangdong, and Fujian to the east.
He tells us that a Chinese meal is usually made up of a starchy food( the essential dish called zhushi,‘principal food’), and one or more accompanying dishes based on animal or vegetable products(called fushior ‘secondary food’).

Eugene Chen