Chinese foods have always been the main attraction for foreign tourists. The delicacies and varieties of the foods are simply mind boggling. The Manchu and Han banquet is one such thing. Sometimes ago the public in general could not think of tasting even one single crumb of these foods. But now many restaurants across China offer Man-Han menus for a few dollars.
The Man-Han banquet was first introduced in Emperor Kangxi’s reign. These Chinese foods were meant simply for the officials and the nobility of the period. The original Man-Han banquet consisted of 134 hot dishes and 48 cold dishes. There were 44 deserts too besides all these. Before Qing Dynasty this banquet was served only to the rich but during the reign of Qing dynasty this banquet gained popularity and many restaurants were opened to serve these Chinese foods.
There is a bit of history behind Man-Han full formal banquet. The Manchu people moved to Beijing from their earlier position. Before this took place this banquet was called “steamed bun banquet”. Once they were in Beijing they came to contact with many other races including the Han Chinese. This intermingling of races changed their cooking habits a lot. In the 53rd year of Kangxi’s reign he gave “1000 Elders’ Banquet”. It was attended by over 2500 people. From this point on this special banquet has been known as Man-Han full formal banquet.
This banquet has all the characteristics of Chinese foods and Chinese food habits. This banquet featured many dishes and foods made from mushrooms, fungi and choicest of vegetables and fruits. The quality of these Chinese foods was great. One beautiful thing about this banquet is that it varied according to regions, the taste of the local people and also according to different cooking patterns of the regions.