Lamb hotpot is a popular dish in northern China during the winter months. At Caoyuan Wangshi, a Mongolian specialist lamb hotpot chain, diced lamb cubes are served with ice to keep the meat fresh. Photo: Elaine Yau
Lamb hotpot is a popular dish in northern China during the winter months. At Caoyuan Wangshi, a Mongolian specialist lamb hotpot chain, diced lamb cubes are served with ice to keep the meat fresh. Photo: Elaine Yau

Chinese food for winter: how dishes like hotpot, dumplings and sweet desserts keep people warm in northern China’s freezing conditions

  • Sheep meat is popular in China’s north during winter, in dishes such as sheep spine hotpot that can taste quite different than their southern counterparts
  • Stewed pears with red wine, and mashed Chinese yam with blueberry sauce, are two desserts widely eaten that have Chinese medicinal properties

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Lamb hotpot is a popular dish in northern China during the winter months. At Caoyuan Wangshi, a Mongolian specialist lamb hotpot chain, diced lamb cubes are served with ice to keep the meat fresh. Photo: Elaine Yau
Lamb hotpot is a popular dish in northern China during the winter months. At Caoyuan Wangshi, a Mongolian specialist lamb hotpot chain, diced lamb cubes are served with ice to keep the meat fresh. Photo: Elaine Yau
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