The 10 Best Types of Chinese Food
Chinese food has long been an international favourite, beloved by people from all walks of life across the globe. From sushi to fried rice, there’s something on every menu that’s sure to please every palate, making it one of the most popular cuisines in the world! However, certain regional specialities are better than others, as with any cuisine. Here’s our list of the ten best types of Chinese food you can find in your favourite restaurant!
1) Dim Sum
If you’re planning a big group meal, dim sum may be ideal. Dim sum (literally translated as heart’s delight) consists of small plates of Chinese food that can be shared among groups. It originated in southern China and was brought to Hong Kong and other Asian countries with varying types and styles based on region, cuisine type, ingredients available, etc. You can typically find these restaurants outside Chinese communities or Chinatowns in major cities.
2) Chicken Noodle Soup
It’s impossible to talk about Chinese food without mentioning chicken noodle soup. Why? Because no matter how long it’s been since you had Chinese food, you know that mouth-watering, flavorful taste of a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. The flavour will make you feel warm and comfortable inside. And let’s not forget about its versatility; it can be served both hot or cold.
3) Hot pot
The name hot pot comes from both how it’s cooked (stews are served in a hot metal pot at your table) and what you put in it: all sorts of meats, seafood, veggies, and noodles. Hot pots can be pricey (especially if you opt for one with an especially large variety of ingredients), but they’re a great way to get to know another culture’s food—and it’s hard to have too much fun cooking and eating together!
4) Chow Mein
Chow mein consists of thin noodles stir-fried with various vegetables and meats, like chicken or beef. It’s usually topped with soy sauce and comes out very tender. Chow mein is a popular Chinese food option that can be found at many fast-food chains. Order it without all of those extra fatty extras to get a healthier meal at your favorite restaurant.
5) Fried Rice
Fried rice is a versatile side that goes well with most entrees, though it’s often served as an appetizer. The standard version typically consists of cooked rice, eggs and vegetables fried in a wok or skillet with oil or chicken broth. It can be served plain or with additional ingredients like shrimp, pork, peas and bean sprouts. In some restaurants, fried rice is made upon request; in others, it’s always ready to go. If you’d like to avoid heavy sauces and seasonings, ask for plain fried rice at your favorite Chinese eatery—or whip up your own fresh batch at home.
6) Xiao Long Bao
A Shanghai classic, xiao long bao or soup dumplings are small steamed dumplings that contain an aromatic broth inside a doughy wrapper. The dumpling is usually filled with pork and topped with crunchy bamboo shoots, sliced ginger and sesame seeds to add flavor. To eat, you bite into it just enough so that soup oozes out from inside—and never slurp your food! Then you pop it into your mouth and savor every last drop. If you ever find yourself in China, you’ll find these delectable morsels on almost every menu.
7) Gai Lan/Broccoli Stir Fry
Stir-fry is a term used to describe any dish prepared by quickly cooking food in a wok over high heat. This fast, efficient technique makes stir-frying one of my favorite ways to prepare healthy meals—it’s healthy and easy! The following recipe for Gai Lan/Broccoli Stir Fry tastes great with chicken, shrimp or beef. Add some garlic and a dash of soy sauce, and you have an amazing dish that can be on your table in under 20 minutes.
8) Mapo Tofu
Originating in Chengdu, China, Mapo Tofu is a tofu dish with ground pork and chili peppers. It may sound odd, but it’s actually very tasty. This is probably one of my favorite dishes in all of Sichuan cuisine, and when I had it for the first time, I knew that I’d love all things Sichuan food after trying Mapo Tofu.
9) Spring Rolls
Vegetable spring rolls make a nutritious alternative to heavier fried appetizers, plus they’re great for sharing with friends or family over dinner. Served cold, they’re also a good option if you’re planning to entertain outside on a warm day.
10) Mala Soup (Dumplings in Chili Sauce)
Dumplings in chili sauce are a popular dish from Sichuan Province, and it is one of the representative foods in Sichuan food culture. The main ingredient is minced meat (usual pork). And add some filling ingredients, such as bamboo shoots, leeks, cabbage leaves, etc. It’s very easy to make it by yourself. Let’s take a look at how to make mala soup(dumplings in chili sauce) step by step.