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Chinese Food, Shanghai Cuisine
This area, based around the Yangtze delta has a temperate climate and fertile land, so is a rich agricultural area growing both wheat and rice.
Tastes here tend to be on the sweet side, with oil the main cooking medium and garlic, leeks and onions being very little used.
Popular dishes are Chinhua ham (which has a distinctive savoury/sweet taste, eel cooked in oil, sweet and sour sauces with local fish, pork and poultry. See 'Chinese Food, General and History'