Chinese cuisine holds a significant share of the cooking sector, which is well-known around the world. For Chinese, the most fundamental relationship is the food on the table.
Since China's reform and opening-up for 40 years, the catering has stood out as one of the earliest, fastest-developing and most market-oriented industries. Which has changed from buying food with limited coupons to fast and quick online food delivery!
Surrounded by a great variety of Chinese food, you may truly have no idea where to start from. Well, there’re some great dishes you don’t want to miss:
Dumplings (jiǎo zi)
The most well-known of traditional Chinese foods is the classic dumpling, often filled with beef, pork or veggies, served as steamed or fried. Don’t forget to try to dip them in black vinegar mixed with a chili sauce, which adds a unique sour, sweet and spicy flavor.
Chinese Hamburger (ròu jiā mó)
This is the Chinese answer to a western hamburger, a homemade, stone-oven cooked bun with juicy, seasoned pork on the inside.
Stinky Tofu (chòu dòu fu)
It smells worse than it looks and it actually tastes better than it smells! Just be careful, stinky tofu is often the culprit when entire sidewalks full of people are choked out as they are engulfed in a thick haze of stench.
Sweet and Sour Eggplant (yú xīang qié zi)
This is a bowl of sliced eggplant that tastes more like sweet and sour pork than a vegetable. A little bit of chili and fish sauce (or a lot) can go a long way!
Beef Noodles (niú ròu miàn)
Beef noodles can be found in almost every restaurant in China, especially in some Muslim restaurants. Each restaurant prepares their noodles differently, so eating the same thing never gets boring. Seen here are homemade noodles, topped with a shredded beef and vegetable mixture.
BBQ Meat (kǎo ròu)
Kǎo ròu is the standard serving of meat in China, which is heavily spiced and come from both restaurants and street carts alike. Often cooked over burning coal, these sticks of meat are sorted by lamb, beef, chicken, etc.
Chinese food in Western countries has, unfortunately, changed the cuisine in some ways to fit the local markets. If you ever get a chance to experience real traditional Chinese food, I highly recommend you try it!