Shanghai food tends to be heavier than the Cantonese variety and takes slightly longer to prepare. Much of the food is fried and there is a greater use of sesame oil and vinegar. Spices like ginger, garlic and small red pepper are used.
Chinese Culinary Culture
Noodles are favored although rice is the staple food in the region. One of the favored ways of preparing dishes in the region is the " the red-cook " method, where chunks of pork are cooked for a long time in sugar, soy, ginger and other spices. The other is the well-known sweet- and- sour method of preparing food, particularly carp.
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