If you are a food lover and if, whenever you travel to a new place, food is your first priority then you must visit China and try these awesome traditional Chinese foods. China houses some amazing diverse range of culinary delights and each of its 23 provinces and 5 autonomous regions have something new to offer you. you are free to taste all of them and then decide for yourself which kind of dishes you love the most.
In today’s article, we will take you friends through some of the most popular traditional Chinese foods which are sure to satisfy your taste buds with their vivid taste ranges and flavors. Starting from Yunan’s spicy mushroom dishes to exciting Cantonese delicacies like Beef chow fun and Cantonese seafood soup – it is just next to impossible to choose the best dishes out of them. Nonetheless, we have tried to make a list of some of the best Chinese foods you must try while you are in the land of the ‘Red Dragon’.
Most Popular Traditional Chinese Foods You Must Try:
Steamed or fried, beef, pork or veg, dumplings are one of the most popular traditional Chinese foods for sure. They are basically some pieces of dough with feelings or sometimes with no feelings. The pungent taste of garlic makes this dish delicious and the dish will be served with some chili sauce mixed with vinegar that adds a spicy complementing taste to the somewhat neutral taste of dumplings.
Char Siu Pork:
If you love flavored and barbecued pork with some Cantonese touch, you must go for some Char Siu Pork. Basically, the meat is seasoned with a mixture of honey, five-spice powder, fermented curd, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and some rice wine. Then it is roasted and that red dark pork with a shiny glaze is ready to serve. You can have it with bun or noodles and keep on admiring the sweet-n-sour taste of this Chinese cuisine.
This is one of the most popular and easily available dishes in China. Each restaurant will serve you somewhat different recipe of their beef noodles and that is why your eating experience will never get boring. Stewed or red braised beef is used along with Chinese noodles and vegetables to make this delicious dish and Chinese people often do take a big bowl of beef noodles as a meal. High on calorie, you should definitely try out this one of the best Chinese foods once you are in this country.
Peking Duck Roast:
If we come towards some poultry-based dishes, we just have to taste this yummy duck roast which is a famous dish of Beijing. It is often considered as one of China’s national dishes and is famous across the world. Back in history, the roasted duck was one of the imperial dishes and was a favorite among the high-class people. The preparation of this dish is a bit complicated but you will love this dish for the yummy, crispy skin of the duck. When in Beijing, you must try this mouthwatering dish with some sweet bean sauce and mashed garlic.
Often translated as ‘lo hon jai’, this is actually a very popular vegetarian dish which is mainly enjoyed by the vegetarian Buddhist monks but the reason behind including this one of its kind dish in today’s article is that if you are a vegetarian then you will find this dish as the only available vegetarian Chinese dish in many restaurants. This Chinese dish is mainly cooked using various vegetables, vegetarian ingredients and the base is mainly any soy sauce based liquid. As seasonings they often use cooking wine, oyster sauce, pickled tofu etc which increase the taste of this one of the best Chinese foods to the maximum.
Ma Po Tofu:
This popular Chinese dish originates from the Sichuan province and the main ingredient is obviously the tofu, as the name suggests. With a history of over 100 years, this Chinese delicacy has a very hot flavor as ground peppercorns and red chilies are used in this dish. Minced meat can be replaced by mushrooms if you are a vegetarian and you must try this lip-smacking delicacy if you are a food lover and have just landed in China.
Shanghai Hairy Crab:
This Shanghai delicacy is a hard to miss preparation in China. If you visit China during the 9th and 10th months of the lunar calendar, i.e. autumn, you just need to try this heavenly preparation. During that time of the year, you will find this dish near about everywhere – each and every restaurant, market, everywhere. Dip the sweet crab meat in the sauce and just have it. Have it steamed and whole for the best ever taste. It is finger-licking good.
Chinese Egg Tart:
Coming to a dish which tastes totally different than the Chinese foods we were discussing till now, Egg tart or ‘daahn taat’ is a custard tart which is very famous dessert item in China, Hong Kong and many other Asian and European countries. There is a slight difference between the Hong Kong tart and the Chinese tart. The former one comes with a burnt flavor of tart with crispy, glazy feel but the Chinese (Cantonese) version of the tart has a soft and silky, buttery texture and it is just a variation of the Portuguese style tarts. You can find egg tarts in most of the bakeries and dessert corners in China.
China can prove to be a heaven for you if you are a food lover. This country offers you some breathtakingly beautiful destinations to visit and some lip-smacking food as well. Every corner of this country has something different taste to attract your taste buds. Though dumplings and noodles are the most popular Chinese foods of all but there are actually many more when it comes to talking about Chinese foods. This country’s cuisine history dates back to thousands of years and the taste and method of cooking has gone through many changes and today Chinese foods own one of the world’s most prominent positions. Visit China and enjoy the taste.