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  1. The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" literati stance on Chinese cuisine, which derided the opulent displays and dishes in banquets of his time. the link

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  1. The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" literati stance on the Chinese cuisine, which derided the opulent displays and dishes in banquets of his time.

My puzzlement is whether "the" before Chinese cuisine is a must-have, optional or a must-not-have.

I don't know why I have the inclination to add "the". Maybe it is because I thought Chinese cuisine is a particular kind of food.

  • I moved your link to the first example, as that is what Wikipedia used. Could you explain why you are considering using "the"? – user3169 Nov 12 '18 at 0:17
  • @user3169 I give a rough explanation. I am really sorry I cannot find a firm reason for the adding of the. – Mike Philip Nov 12 '18 at 8:45
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All I can say is that locutions such as Chinese cuisine, French cuisine, Russian cuisine etc. just like Chinese culture, French culture, Russian culture etc. in general, when talking about the kind of food and dishes eaten in those regions, do not take definite articles. Here are some examples:

I'm a huge fan of French cuisine.

I'm a huge fan of French culture.

There are more than eight types of Chinese cuisine. (source)

Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures, originating thousands of years ago. (source)

Perhaps, the only time you would use a definite article would be in situations where you're comparing a specific instance of a certain culture to another specific instance of that same culture. For example:

The French culture in Quebec is very different from the French culture in France.

How is the Chinese cuisine popular among Chinese people living in Manhattan different from the traditional Chinese cuisine popular in China?

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