When we think of the Silk Road, we often think of something ancient and exotic. Spices. Traders. A caravan of camels plodding across sun soaked dunes. But did you know that while the silk road’s heyday was a long time ago, it’s influence still lives on in the food of western China? In this blog update, we’d like to talk about finding traces of the silk road today in China and across Asia.
The first thing to point out about the silk road is that a better name would be the Silk Routes, because it was not a single path but many paths going from East to West and back again. Some over land, others over sea.
Even more, the silk road was not a one-way street. Silks, spices, art, cuisine, languages and everything else we associate with culture were eagerly exchanged back and forth. This meant that across the silk road, there was almost a common culture; or there was at least certain items you can find along its breadth. (more…)