Jingdaoese cuisine refers to the culinary and dietary practices in the Jingdaoese Empire. It includes the practices of several ethnic groups that live within the empire, as well as a culinary practices that are seen as common to all Jingdaoese peoples. Jingdaoese food includes staples like bread, potatoes, noodles, cabbage and safir. Common drinks include different varieties of tea and chundu (Jingdaoese for 'purity'), a distilled spirit.
The following ethnic cuisines are distinguished:
While most Jingdaoese people are hesitant to eat it, fish is one of the staple foods in the Apollantean cuisine. Historically this included many salt water fish like herring and cod, but since the construction of the Alashuizamen sluices, fresh water fishing from the Antya river has gained territory. This turned out to be significant for the respectability of this cuisine in the broader Jingdaoese society. Salt water fish are considered to be an impure food in Jingdao as the water from the sea contains pollutants from all over Micras, or like one scholar stated it: foreigners pee in it.
Among the Batavian influences in Jingdaoese cuisine count sweet dishes like poffertjes which are small pancakes often served with butter and powdered sugar as dessert. The Batavian tradition to welcome the new year with oliebollen (tennis ball shaped and sized dumplings, again served with powdered sugar) has also entered Jingdaoese tradition. In coffee boutiques, small Batavian style apple pies with a lattice crust, are often served with the cappuccino.
Kildarian cuisine is characterized by the use of cabbage and safir meat, though safir can be substituted by chicken where that is more readily available.
South Batavian cuisine
South Batavian cuisine is characterized by dishes consisting of mashed potatoes mixed with boiled cabbage vegetables, served with meat, most commonly pork. Various soups based on legumes, again served with pork are also classic dishes of this kitchen. As South Batavian culture has been completely integrated into the broader Jingdaoese culture, this cuisine is popular among all ethnicities of the empire. It is most commonly eaten by members of the working class due to the relative affordability and ease of preparation of this cuisine. Many of the legume soups of this cuisine are popular winter dishes in the empire.
Meal Structure Guidelines (Huogeju Fangzhen)
Many aspects of private life in Jingdao are subject to government guidelines and diet is no exception. This tradition dates back to the Mengjiang Emperor who taught the South Batavian people a simple diet during the South Batavian independence struggles in the early years of the empire's history. The current practice dates back to the rule of the Haigu Emperor when children participating in the Young Wandering Society of Tapfer were taught the same guidelines that are now part of the Huogeju Fangzhen. During the reign of the Chidao Emperor, these guidelines were published and distributed among the general population, effectively becoming law in Jingdao.
Breakfast is served early in Jingdao, with 06:15 as the latest acceptable time mentioned in the Huogeju Fangzhen. It consists of rye bread with margarine and apple syrup or cold cuts. Usually the meal is accompanied by tea, thought coffee may also be served.
Lunch can be had between 11:00 and 13:00, and usually consists of bread or noodles, with a salad. Soy milk and tea are common drinks.
Jingdaoese people dine early, between 17:00 and 19:00. A meal consists of potatoes, bread or noodles, with cabbage and meat.
Dietary restrictions (Yinshi Xianzhi)
A high percentage of Jingdaoese people are lactose intolerant, estimates range from 75 to 85 percent. For this reason, very few dairy products are sold in Jingdao and most cows are only held for their meat. Despite common perception, there is no blanket ban against dairy products. Even butter, which is often associated with Natopia and Bovinism is not illegal to possess. The Catologian Church has placed butter on the list of products that are not to be consumed on ecclesiastical festive days. Despite its legal status, butter is difficult to acquire in Jingdao and almost impossible to find in cities without significant foreign minorities.
Likewise, salt water fish are not commonly consumed in the Jingdaoese Empire out of fear that the fish have swum in the pee of foreigners.