Beginning yesterday (Monday 10th, local time), the week-long Guangdong food week is being held at the cafeteria of a leading tech firm in Silicon Valley in northern California.
The Tourism Administration Board of Guangdong Province (Visit Guangdong) is touching down stateside this week by taking over the cafeteria of a leading tech firm in Silicon Valley in northern California.
Beginning yesterday (Monday 10th, local time), the week-long event is celebrating the unique cuisine that hails from Guangdong, China’s most populous province. Named after the region’s previous Romanised title, ‘Cantonese’ cuisine consists of a broad range of dishes but is best known for its dim sum; bite-sized portions traditionally served in steamer baskets containing 4-5 pieces of light bites such as dumplings, steamed buns and sesame seed balls.
The event will see some of San Francisco’s top techies tasting a broad variety of Cantonese dishes, as well as receiving postcards, traditional Chinese puzzle and taking part in Tangram, an ancient Chinese challenge originating in the Tang Dynasty. Those who successfully complete the challenge will be awarded a mystery grand prize.
Typical Cantonese cuisine boasts a global appeal thanks to the variety of fresh ingredients it incorporates, with chefs focusing on their natural flavours without resorting to excessive use of herbs and spices to produce a mouth-watering taste. The region is famous for its sweet and sour dishes, but traditional foods include so much more; including goose, Chinese sausage and vegetables served in oyster sauce.
Participants will also get the chance to enter the tourism board’s ‘Guangdong Guide’ competition, which has already seen 3 lucky winners sent on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China and is set to send 5 more between now and January. Winners of the latest round have just been announced online and you can learn more about entering round 4 of the competition, which started yesterday, on their LinkedIn page. This round of the contest has a strong focus on Cantonese cuisine, and the winner can expect to be tasting freshly prepared food from some of the top chefs in southern China. Bon appétit!