Anhui is divided into three parts by the Huai River and the Yangtze River—North Anhui, Central Anhui and South Anhui. The three regions differ in topography and climate, so crops grown there are different, and the locals form different dietary habits.
The vast and fertile Huaibei Plain mainly produces wheat, sweet potato, corn, sorghum and soybean. The locals eat wheaten food as the staple, and they prefer salty, spicy food with thick soup of strong color. Besides, they have the habit to use fresh garlic and Chinese parsley to add flavor. Beef and cotton are consumed as daily dishes there.
Wushan Braised Goose
The region between the Huai River and the Yangtze River is the land of rice and fish in Anhui, because it is endowed with abundant water resources. People here live on rice. They often cook fish, pork, chicken, duck, goose and eggs with delicate cutting skills.
Marinated Mandarin Fish
The mountainous areas in South Anhui are rich in edible herbs, fungi and wild games, so the locals are skilled in braise or stew those specialties. The dishes are usually cooked with thick soup and much oil.