China enjoys a worldwide reputation as the “kingdom of cuisine.” Thanks to a long history, vast territory and extensive contact with other nations, the country has developed a distinctive culinary culture. In a country that cherishes its deep love for foods, you may be surprised that there’s still no definitive foodie list catering to distinctive Chinese flavors. But this won’t be long because Chinese tech firms are moving fast to fill the gap.

The time-honored Michelin Guide entered China with its first-ever Shanghai Guide. However, some prominent figures in the Shanghai’s food and beverage community disagreed with many of the choices. Many claimed that Chinese cuisine should not be judged with Western criteria.

In response, Chinese online travel giant Ctrip and local lifestyle service Meituan have each rolled out their own guides. It might sound odd until you remember that the original Michelin Guide was created by the tire company to boost its sales.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.