Top 8 Most Popular Chinese Dishes

Chinese cuisine is one important part of Chinese culture, and it is famous for color, aroma, taste, meaning and appearance. Find out top 8 popular Chinese dishes!

See the Top 8 most popular Chinese Recipes You Must Try!

1, Sweet and Sour Pork 糖醋里脊 (tángcù lǐjǐ)

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Sweet and sour pork (糖醋里脊 tángcù lǐjǐ) has a bright orange-red color, and a delicious sweet and sour taste.

The meat will be mixed with flour and starch first, and then be deep-fried in the hot oil till its surface becomes golden. Then stir fry the meat and the prepared sweet and sour sauce till completion. The dish tastes sour and sweet, but also crispy outside and soft inside, which can stimulate people’s appetite.

2, Kung Pao Chicken 宫保鸡丁(Gōngbǎojīdīng)

best chinese dishesKung Pao chicken, a spicy Sichuan-style dish.

This dish uses chicken as its primary ingredient, and other ingredients include peanuts, cucumber and chili peppers. Stir-frying the chicken with peanuts and dried chili can make it tastes fresh and crispy, spicy but not burning. Its special flavor of sweet and sour with a little bit spicy.

3, Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐(mápó dòufǔ)

tradition chinese foodMapo Tofu or Sautéed Tofu in Hot and Spicy Sauce isspicy Sichuan-style dish.
In 1862, Chen Mapo (陈麻婆 chén má pó ) invented this course. To enrich the flavor, red and hot broth, ground beef and diced green onion will be drizzled over the tender tofu in the last step

Ma (麻má) describes a spicy and hot taste which comes from pepper powder, one kind of condiment usually used in Chuan Cuisine

4,Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork 鱼香肉丝 (Yúxiāngròusī)

Most Popular Chinese DishesFish-Flavored Shredded Pork from Sichuan Povince.
There is no there is no “鱼 (yú) fish” or fish sauce in this dish, The flavor of fish comes from several seasonings including broad bean paste, salt, white sugar, cooking wine, soy sauce, and starch. People chop lean pork into slices and then add the concocted sauce to stir-fry the meat with lettuce, dried agarics, garlic and ginger.

5, Sautéed Shrimp with Cashew Nuts
腰果虾仁 yāoguǒ xiārén)

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Sautéed Shrimp with Cashew Nuts is a popular dish in Guangdong. The shrimp needs to be stir with egg white, salt, cooking wine and starch for a while before cook it.  You get the tenderness of peeled shrimps and the crispiness of cashew nuts. Rich protein and microelement make this dish a very popular and healthy food among people.

6Jiaozi 饺子 ( jiǎozi )

best chinese dishesDumplings are one of the most famous and traditional Chinese meals.

1,800 years agao,  the sage of Chinese medicine – Zhang Zhonejing (张仲景) invented Jiaozi to cure the frostbitten ears.  Nowadays, dumplings can be filled with a wide variety of things, pork, beef, mutton, seafood and chopped vegetables, then wrap it into a thin piece of dumpling skin and pinch the wrapper into the shape of an ear.

boiling dumplings 水饺 shuǐ jiǎo,       fried dumplings 煎饺  jiān jiǎo
steamed dumplings 蒸饺  zhēng jiǎo,   shrimp dumplings 虾饺  xiājiǎo
Dumpling with Pork and  leek  猪肉大葱馅  zhū ròu dàcōng xiàn
Dumplings with leek and egg   韭菜鸡蛋  jiǔcài jī dànxiàn

7, Peking Roasted Duck 
北京烤鸭 (Běijīng kǎoyā)

tradition best chinese dishesPeking duck (北京烤鸭 Běijīng kǎoyā) is savored for its thin and crispy skin and tender meat(外焦里嫩wài jiāo lǐ nèn), often served with pancakes and soy sauce with garlic. and considered as one of China’s national dishes.
toast duck  烤鸭 kǎoyā                      thin pancake 薄饼 báo bǐng
sweet bean sauce 甜面酱tiánmiàn jiàng, spring onions 小葱(xiǎo cōng)

Famous  Roasted Duck Restaurants in Beijing
全聚德 Quanjude Roast Duck,about 150 years history
便宜坊 Bian yi fang , more than 600 years history
大董烤鸭 Dadong Roast Duck  Morden style

8, Hot-pot 火锅 (huǒguō)

traditional chinese dishesHot Pot (pinyin: huǒ guō) origins from north part of the country;

There are basically two kinds of Peking hotpot: Mongolian and Sichuan Flavors. If you like authentic spicy soup,  try Sichuang Hotpot. The pot is often divided into half spicy, half non-spicy soup pots. Mongolian Hotpot is famed for its quality mutton. the soup is not spicy and usually consists of vegetables and seafood
The booming hot pot symbolizing a booming luck and flourish

-Haidilao Hotpot  海底捞
-Donglaishun Hotpot  东来顺
More famous hot-pot restaruants in Beijing see Tripadvisor Review!


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