Top 10 Popular Chinese Dishes Among Foreigners
Chinese food well-known for its colors, aromatic flavors and the variety of cuisines and ingredients. The following dishes are classic Chinese dishes and very popular among foreigners. Each boasts exquisite flavors and wonderful appearance and tastes very good.
1. Sweet and Sour Pork 糖醋里脊
Sweet and Sour Pork is very classic one in Cantonese cuisine. The dish has beautiful look and good taste and the flavor of being sweet and sour is to Western people’s taste, so this dish is now popular everywhere around the world.
2. Kung Pao (Gong Bao) Chicken 宫保鸡丁
Kung Pao Chicken is the one of the most famous dishes of Sichuan Cuisine. You can find this dish in almost all Chinese restaurants around the world. When you ask a foreigner to name several Chinese dishes, Kung Pao Chicken must be one of them.
3. Spring Rolls 春卷
Spring rolls are an fried appetizer. It is made with a round, thin dough sheet with stuff folded inside and deep fried in oil. They are usually served during the Chinese Spring Festival, hence the name.
4. Egg-fried rice 蛋炒饭
Egg-fried rice is one of the most ordered dishes at Chinese takeaways and restaurants around the world. Some people have it as a side dish with other main dishes, while some may order it as the main food for lunch or dinner.
5. Spicy Tofu (Mapo doufu) 麻婆豆腐
Spicy Tofu, or usually known as Mapo Doufu, is said to be originated from the Sichuan province. It is a combination of tofu (bean curd), minced meat and spicy chili- and bean-based sauce.
6. Dumplings 饺子
Dumpling making has been developing since the Song dynasty (960-1279). Chinese dumplings are usually in round or crescent shape and often boiled to eat. The common fillings are various vegetarian or mixed meat and vegetables. Chinese Dumplings, also known as Jiaozi in Chinese, is one of the most popular traditional foods in China and welcomed by people of Western countries.
7. Won Ton Soup 馄饨
Won Ton is a kind of soup often eaten as breakfast throughout China. It is usually in shape of simple right triangle. It is easy to make Won Ton, just add some fillings on the thin flour wrapper and fold it in half and pull together the two opposite corners. Won tons are usually boiled and served in soup with some coriander.
8. Peking Duck 北京烤鸭
Peking Roast Duck is a must-try gourmet when you travel to Beijing. It is a cuisine with more than 600 years history and attract food lovers with its tempting shining color, crispy skin and tender meat. The most famous Peking Duck restaurants are Quanjude, Bianyifang and Dadong Roast Duck.
9. Chow Mein 炒面
Just like Egg-fried rice, Chow Mein is another popular dish seen often in the menu of Chinese restaurants. It is easy to cook, just boil soft noodles and then fry them with some vegetables or meat. Chow Mein is very popular in USA and the Britain.
10. Fried Shrimps with Cashews 腰果虾仁