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8 Most Popular Chinese Dishes You Should Eat~

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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. 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.

 

Sweet and Sour Pork 

糖醋里脊 

Tángcù lǐjǐ 

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Sweet and sour pork has a bright orange-red color, and a delicious sweet and sour taste.

At the very beginning there was only sweet and sour pork, but to meet demands, there have been some developments on this dish. Now, the pork can be substituted by other ingredients like chicken, beef or pork ribs. 


Gong Bao Chicken 

宫保鸡丁 

Gōngbǎo jīdīng 

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This is a famous Sichuan-style specialty, popular with both Chinese and foreigners. The major ingredients are diced chicken, dried chili, and fried peanuts.


People in Western countries have created a Western-style gong bao chicken, for which the diced chicken is covered with cornstarch, and vegetables, sweet and sour sauce and mashed garlic are added.


Ma Po Tofu 

麻婆豆腐 

Mápó dòufu 

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Ma po tofu is one of the most famous dishes in Chuan Cuisine with a history of more than 100 years. Ma (麻) describes a spicy and hot taste which comes from pepper powder, one kind of condiment usually used in Chuan Cuisine.


The milky tofu is enriched with brownish red ground beef and chopped green onion. It is really a tasty delicacy. 


Wontons 

馄饨 

Húntun 

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Since the Tang Dynasty (618–907), it has been a custom for people to eat wontons on the winter solstice.


The most versatile shape of a wonton is simple a right triangle, similar to Italian tortellini. Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried. The filling of wontons can be minced pork or diced shrimp. 


Dumplings 

饺子 

Jiǎozi 

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With a long history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a traditional food widely popular in North China. Dumplings consist of minced meat and chopped vegetables wrapped into a thin piece of dough skin.


Popular fillings are mince pork, diced shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, or frying. Dumplings are a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. 


Chow Mein 

炒面 

Chǎomiàn 

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The "Chow mein" is the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese characters above, which means stir-fried noodles. Generally speaking, this stir-fried dish consists of noodles, meat (usually chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork), onions and celery.


For making chow mein, the noodles need to be cooked in boiling water for a while. After they becoming cool, then move to the step of stir-frying. 


Peking Roasted Duck 

北京烤鸭 

Běijīng kǎoyā 

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Peking duck is a famous dish from Beijing, enjoying world fame, and considered as one of China’s national dishes.


Peking duck is savored for its thin and crispy skin. The Sliced Peking duck is often eaten with pancakes, sweet bean sauce, or soy with mashed garlic. It is a must-taste dish in Beijing!


Spring Rolls 

春卷 

Chūnjuǎn 

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Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum of cylindrical shape. The filling of spring rolls could be vegetables or meat, and the taste could be either sweet or savory. After fillings are wrapped in spring roll wrappers, the next step is frying. Then the spring rolls are given their golden yellow color.


It is a dish especially popular in Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc. 


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