Chinese sweets and desserts may take a bit of getting used to for those from other areas of the world due to their sometimes unexpected tastes and textures. Some common ingredients include mung beans, red beans, glutinous rice, lotus seeds, and different types of nuts.
Any article on Chinese cuisine wouldn’t be complete without a section on Chinese tea. The tradition of drinking tea in China dates back to 2737 BC, during the rule of Emperor Shennong. For hygiene purposes, this emperor decreed that all water should be boiled before drinking. According to legend, one day some leaves blew into the emperor’s tea and began to steep, and the emperor liked the taste so much that he started experimenting with the process — and tea was born.