Prehistory of Chinese Food (continued)
Xia (Hsia) Dynasty
Meat was from pigs, dogs, chickens, sheep, goats, cattle, horses water buffaloes. Fish and all sorts of turtle were also eaten too.
The last ruler of the Shang DynastyˇXZhou Wang spent most of his time in the ˇ§lake of beer and forest of beefˇ¨. It was actually a tub of wine surrounded with meat strips hanging around.
|The division of food was mainly between grain foods (boiled of steamed thick porridge) and dishes (rice stews) which were called "fan" and "ts'ai" respectively.|
Soyabeans became popular
Cast iron was invented while farming was revolutionized
Here is a list of what they eat at that time:
was broken into the Warring States
Since the economy became unstable, food was the central concern for the citizens while it was only enjoyment to the elite.
Other tribes at or near the boarder of China were usually called barbarians. They ate uncooked food instead and they had no grain staples.
There was also a book ˇ§Book of Changesˇ¨ (I Ching) suggested the Five Tastes which were: sour, bitter, sweet, piquant (hot and spicy), salt.