Cold and hot as terms for yin and yang foods

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Aug 29 23:13:04 UTC 2014

I recall being told a few decades ago that certain foods are classified as hot and others as cold in Cantonese cooking, regardless of temperature (or spiciness) and that a balance is an important consideration in meal preparation. I don't see these definitions of hot/cold on Wiktionary or the Oxford Dictionary site. 

According to, hot is yang and cold is yin (and perhaps this is a pan-Chinese concept).

Other mentions:
Chinese (bottom of 796):
Taiwan with a mention of neutral foods:
Steamed crabs as cold:

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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