Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Origins of Hakka Cuisine

It is not easy to define Hakka cuisine which is as diverse as the Hakka people dispersed over many provinces in central and southern China, various parts of Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Europe and America.

The word Hakkas is a dialect pronounciation of the Mandarin term "kejia" which means "guest" people. According to historical documents, there were five waves of migration of Hakkas to different parts of China. Despite their sojourn, this community has retained some of its unique characteristics as it gathered much knowledge from other provinces.

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