Mandarin cuisine is also known as Beijing style. Unlike Southern China, it has a heavy focus on the use of wheat instead of rice, resulting in more noodles and bread.

This style of cooking has plenty of tofu, soups, fish and vegetables. It is generally not too spicy, however, there are exceptions, such as the Mongolian Hotpot.

Notable dishes from this region include: Peking Duck and steamed buns, which make an excellent snack.

A slight derivative of the style is the Imperial cuisine, named after the dishes emperors would eat. These dishes are usually fairly exotic, and cost a lot of money. Hence I have never tried this type of food. I wouldn't mind though.

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