Categories Updated: Chinese Cuisine Broken Down To Sub-Cuisines

Hi All:

Jan posted a comment in this post asking if we have a separate category for Cantonese cuisine on chowtimes. Well, we did not but it was an excellent suggestion because the “Chinese” category had been way too big already with over 200 posts. Suanne had spent quite a number of hours recategorizing each of the “Chinese” cuisine posts into its various sub-cuisines. So, instead of a large “Chinese” cuisine, you will see the following sub-cuisine breakdowns on the sidebar:

The numbers in brackets shows the number of posts in the category. Let us know if some of the posts had been wrongly categorized and we will fix it.

So Jan, I hope you find this useful.


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Crispy Lechon

    Wow that’s quite a job. Thanks Suanne for spending time to do this.

  2. LotusRapper

    Wow thanks Ben & Suanne. Just the other day I was looking for a “Beijing” restaurant in Vancouver, but even a search turned up way too many threads.

    You may find this not easy over time, as many Chinese restaurants “claim” to specialize in multi-region cuisines ! I wonder if it might be easier to use the 8GTCC categories instead ?

    1. Ben

      Good suggestion, LotusRapper. I’ll take a look at the categories again and consolidate some of them. The 8GTCC categories is kind of hard because not many restaurants falls under the more obscured ones (like Anhui, Fujian, etc) and moreover it is hard to lump commonly seek categories like dim sum, hotpot, etc into them. Thanks. Ben

  3. etranger

    Wow! What a long list of types. I had no idea there were so many. This is a great addition to your site. Even if there is no way I will ever eat at even a small fraction of your reviewed restaurants, I can learn a lot about the various far eastern foodways and restaurants I do come across from those areas.

    A description of each of the types would be handy. What makes a food or restaurant fit that description? The region of origin is in the name of most of them, from looking at the list. Maybe a link to a map?

    1. Ben

      Hi etranger: You have good ideas! I see how I can best incorporate the description of each cuisine at the category level. I am thinking that perhaps a tooltip over each item would be one way to do it. As for the map, I need to learn how to use the Google API where I can create a map out from some data I store in a database. [Anyone out there know how I can do that?] Ben

  4. Eric

    Love the new change! That’s quite a lot of dimsum places you been to 😉

  5. LotusRapper

    THANKS Ben for making it so that after clicking on a sub-category, the pertinent threads are listed in chronological order, with the newest first 😀

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