The Most Popular and Delicious Chinese Food You Must Try

Chinese cuisine has a long history. It has unique tastes and features, paired with exquisite cooking. Chinese dishes are famous and well-loved for their color, aroma, taste, and meaning. 


(火锅 huǒguō)

If you truly love Chinese cuisine, there’s no way you’ll miss out on hotpot. 

The secret of the Chinese hotpot lies in its broth. Typically, you get to choose what broth flavor you want and you have plenty of options too! You can choose between mushroom, tomato, original, or spicy. 

Flavor can also vary depending on the sauce which you choose to pair with the meat. There are a lot of kinds for this too, such as the classic peanut butter with smashed garlic and chopped onion. 

Sichuan Pork

(水煮肉片 shuǐzhǔ ròupiàn)

One of the famous Sichuan cuisine dishes is Sichuan Pork, which are spicy slices of pork. 

The way to make Sichuan Pork is not through the usual stir-fry or deep-fry, which uses oil that can overcook the pork. Instead, the pork is boiled in water with egg-white and starch. This is to preserve the freshness and tenderness of the pork. The broth is delicious with pepper and a spicy taste. 

Braised Pork Balls in Gravy

 (四喜丸子 sì xǐ wánzi)

This is also commonly known as “Chinese meatballs.” It is paired with an addicting, smooth, and delicious gravy that will make you want more. If you are a fan of spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll surely love this, as well. 

Shrimp with Vermicelli and Garlic 

(蒜蓉粉丝蒸虾 suànróng fěnsī zhēng xiā)

This dish is loved, not only by foreigners but also by the younger Chinese generation. It is an aromatic steamed dish that brings out the best from the fresh shrimp. The dish is best paired with Chinese yellow wine to emphasize the dish’s flavor. 


(饺子 jiǎozi)

This Chinese food has an impressive history that stretches more than 1,800 years ago. It’s a popular dish made with minced meat and chopped vegetables, wrapped in dough skin. It has a lot of variations for fillings too, such as minced pork, diced shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. 

It can be cooked in different ways too. You can choose by boiling, steaming, or frying. 

Chow Mein

(炒面 chǎomiàn) 

Chow mein can be translated to “stir-fried noodles” and is made of noodles, meat, onions, and celery. The Chow mein noodles need to be cooked in boiling water and after, stir-fried along with the rest of the ingredients. 

Peking Roasted Duck

(北京烤鸭 Běijīng kǎoyā) 

This famous dish from Beijing is famous internationally and is considered as one of China’s national dishes. 

Peking duck has thin and crispy skin and is often eaten with pancakes, sweet bean sauce or soy with mashed garlic. It is a must-taste! 

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