8 Famous Chinese Dishes You Never Miss to Taste
The popularity of the Chinese cuisine is widespread, all over the world. Here's an insight into the famous types of Chinese food that satiate the taste buds of many.
China is rich in tourist attractions. Delicious foods are an attraction indispensable in a good tour. With a long history, unique features, numerous styles and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one important constituent part of Chinese culture. Chinese dishes are famous for color, aroma, taste, meaning and appearance.
The following are the eight most popular dishes among foreigners and Chinese. For customers’ convenience, we also list their Chinese character names and English pronunciations. These eight dishes are sweet and sour pork (chicken), gong bao chicken, ma po tofu, wontons, dumplings, spring rolls, chow mein and Peking duck. These dishes are available in most large restaurants in China.
List of Famous Chinese Dishes:
Peking Roast Duck
Peking Roast Duck is a well-known duck dish in Beijing at has been considered one of the most delicious dishes all over the world. The dish originated in the Yuan Dynasty and now has become the cultural symbol of traditional Chinese food. Traditionally, the cooked duck will be sliced by the chef in front of the diners. The slicing of the meat from the carcass of the duck is an art in itself. A skilled chef is able to cut between 100 and 120 slices in four or five minutes, each slice with an equal portion of both skin and meat.
Kung Pao Chicken
In China, Kung Pao Chicken gets many cooking methods, from which you can see how much people’s approval to it. Their rich, spicy and sweet taste is enjoyed by all people. In various restaurants it is one of the most popular dishes. You will never regret to try it if you come to China.
Dim sum refers to a style of Cantonese food prepared as small portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea”, as tea is typically served with dim sum. These days, in many parts of Southern China, and in Hong Kong in particular, it’s become a weekly ritual family meal, generally taken on weekend mornings. When you travel to Canton or Hong Kong, don’t miss a chance to taste authentic Dim Sum in a local restaurant.
Beijing’s mutton hot pot is almost a signature dish in Northern China. Huge platters of thinly sliced frozen curls of mutton or lamb are the main attraction, accompanied by a sort of do-it-yourself dipping sauce that can include sesame paste, soy sauce, chili oil, fermented red bean curd and pickled flowering chives. Chongqing Hotpot is a super-spicy boiling broth. In some restaurants you could even choose the ingredients you like and add them to make your own broth. People locals love red soup broth which is full of red pepper and chili. The Cantonese-style hot pot is eaten without any complicated concoction of sauces, since the Cantonese prefer the original flavors of the food.
Beijing snacks have unique taste and are worthy of careful taste such as Pea Cake and Ai Wo Wo; Muslim snacks such as fried pork tripe and Fried Chop Rice Cake; Han people snacks well-received by under stratum people such as Wheaten cake boiled in meat broth. Beijing snacks, which are the world-famous, are special food for people coming to Beijing.
With the most homely method and the most common raw materials, it stimulates people’s taste for it being strong hot and spicy. More and more people cannot stop tasting it. What is the most important: it is cheap and affordable! Maybe no other style of cooking is able to be spicy to the extreme like Sichuan dishes.
Crawfish with Chili Sauce
Crawfish with Chili Sauce has become a favorite of the Chinese people long time ago, and thus the Double Street got its reputation. Bright red crayfish with a delicious spicy make people give two thumbs up. During Beijing Olympic Games, many people eat the crawfish after watching the games.
Though Bullfrog is small, its delicious taste gains so many people’s love. Silky smooth meat makes its taste fabulous no matter it is with pickled pepper or water cooking. Maybe you don’t feel good to see raw meat or something, but you cannot resist the delicious taste after it being cooked specially.