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Most Popular Chinese Dishes

Most Popular Chinese Dishes would like to introduce the most Famous Chinese food for you. Some of them are renowned for the bright color and tender tastes, some of them are popular among  spicy fanatics and still some of them, focusing on the original but well-mixed taste…Come with us and start this eye-ball-feast.

Peking Duck

Chinese Name: 北京烤鸭

Pronunciation/how to order: Bei-jing-coww-ya

Peking Roast Duck is absolutely the most famous dish in Beijing. It was an imperial dish during ancient China, some thousand years ago. While in the late 1800s, the public got its first whiff of the dish when chefs began opening restaurants outside palace walls.

The roast duck is renowned for its bright color, crispy skin and the tender and juicy meat. Have a roast duck meal is somehow, becoming a highly recommended thing to do for those first-time consumers during their Beijing tour.

Originally, it was a dish reserved only for the emperors table, with the passing of time, Pecking Roasted Duck gained its fame home and abroad, its unique and delicious taste favored by foreign tourists as well as by Chinese people.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes - Peking Roast Duck
Beijing Roast Duck


Chinese Name: 饺子

Pronunciation/how to order: jiao-zi

Dumpling, Chinese meat ravioli or Jiaozi in Chinese, is a food that can be made and cooked in many different ways. They are small lumps of dough, and you can eat them as staple food or snack.

The history of Dumpling can be dated back some 1,800 years ago. And it is a very popular food in northern China. Customarily, people of this area will prepare and eat dumplings at the Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice.

Dumplings have many different flavors according to different fillings and ingredient in it. Popular ones are beef with carrot, mutton with carrot, pork with green onion and mushroom with smashed stir-fried egg.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes - Dumpling

Sweet and Sour Spareribs

Chinese Name: 糖醋排骨

Pronunciation/how to order: tom-cu-pie-goo

Sweet and Sour Spareribs is a quite common home-made dish in China. Though homely, it is a popular dish in China and even may be found all over the world. With creative design, it has well-mixed two totally different flavors - Sweet and Sour. The history of this dish can be traced back to 18th century that raised in Candon area.

The dish consists of fried pork in bite sized pieces and the subsequently stir-fried in a more customized version of sweet and sour sauce that made of sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, and soy sauce. The additional ingredients include pineapple dices, green pepper and onion pieces.

Due to the Regional and custom difference, this dish has Hong Kong/Guangzhou version and Northern China version.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes- Sweet and Sour Pork ribs
Sweet and Sour Spareribs

Kung Bao Chicken(Spice diced chicken with peanuts)

Chinese Name: 宫保鸡丁

Pronunciation/how to order: kung-bow-ji-ding

Kung Pao Chicken is a traditional dish of Sichuan Cuisine that famous for its fresh and spicy flavor and tender taste.The dish has two versions, the traditional Sichuan version and Westernized versions; the latter is more popular in the United States and some other western countries.

In the original Sichuan version, Gong Bao Chicken starts off with fresh, moist, unroasted peanuts or cashew nuts. The peanuts or cashew nuts would first be dropped into the hot oil on the bottom of the wok first, then deep fried until golden brown before the other ingredients are added.

popular chinese dish kung bao chicken
Kung Bao Chicken

Spring Rolls

Chinese Name:春卷
Pronunciation/how to order: chun-juan

The Spring Roll is a very famous snack that popular among people in China, Southeast Asia and East Asia. In China, it has several versions according to different regions and cooking ways.

In Eastern and northern China, originally, the spring roll is a special food served in Chinese New Year that rolled with cabbage and other vegetables inside. It is very popular among people of Zhejiang Province and northern China.

Also known as Spring Cake,  spring rolls is a classic folk snack that popular among Fuzhou People since ancient times. The Canton-style fried Spring Roll is also very famous for its crispy taste.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes - Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls

Hot Pot

Chinese Name: 火锅

Pronunciation/how to order: huow-guo

Hot Pot (pinyin: huǒ guō) is a very popular dish in china nowadays. It origins from north part of the country, today it is welcomed both south and north China. Hotpot in Sichuan province is famed for its authentic spicy soup, and hotpot in the north like Inner Mongolia is famed for its quality mutton. It is also a popular dish during festivals, as the booming hot pot symbolizing a booming luck and flourish.

chinese famous dish hot pot

Hot pot

Fried Rice with Egg

Chinese Name: 蛋炒饭

Pronunciation/how to order: dan-chaow-fan

Fried Rice is a very homely dish in China and Asian area. The non-rice ingredients used in this dish are greatly varied, like egg, vegetable, meat, sausage and seafood, etc. Egg is the most common non-rice ingredient.

An authentic fried rice is  made from cold rice that has already been cooked by steaming. The use of leftover rice and other leftover ingredients, especially egg, is common when cooked at home. It is important to use leftover rice because the moisture in fresh rice will cause it to steam instead of fry.

fried rice with egg
Fried Rice with Egg

Ma Po Tofu

Chinese Name: 麻婆豆腐

Pronunciation/how to order: ma-po-dough-fu

Ma Po Tofu or Ma Po’s Bean Curd, is a very typical and famous spicy dish in Sichuan Cuisine and is very popular among people in Chengdu. It is a  home-made dish and very easy to cook as well. The main ingredient of this dish is tender bean curd that set in a spicy and bean-based sauce, usually an oily and bright red suspension, and often cooked with minced meat, usually pork or beef.

It is said that the dish was created by a pockmarked but ingenious woman, whose name was Ma Po. “Ma” stands for "mazi" which means a person disfigured by pockmarks or leprosy.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes - Ma Po Tofu
Ma Po Tofu

Won Ton

Chinese Name: 馄饨

Pronunciation/how to order: hun-tun

Won Ton, like the Dumpling, is another kind of meat or vegetable-stuffed lumps of dough with soup. It is very popular among people in Southern China, especially in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, though originally it was raised in Northern China that served mainly in The Winter Solstice.

Won Ton is usually made by spreading a square wrapper (which is a dough skin made of flour, egg, water, and salt) flat in the palm of one's hand, placing a small amount of filling in the center, and sealing the lump into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper's edges together with one's fingers.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes - Won Ton
Won Ton

Chow Mein

Chinese Name: 炒面

Pronunciation/how to order: ciao-mian

Chow Mein is a Chinese term indicated a very convenient and popular dish in China - the stir-fried noodles. Generally speaking, a stir-fried noodles will include noodles (flat or round), meat (port, beef or chicken) and varied vegetables like onions, celery and carrot sticks.

Most Popular Chinese Dishes -  Chow Mein
Chow Mein

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