Top 10 Most Popular Dishes in China
Posted by freemexy on May 10th, 2021
Top 10 Most Popular Dishes in China
China, with its vast territory, an ancient civilization of more than five thousand years, Chinese cuisine plays an important part in Chinese culture. Listed as one of the top three cuisines in the world (the other two are French and Turkish), Chinese cuisine has influenced many other cuisines in Asia.To get more news about special dishes of china, you can visit shine news official website.
In China, Chinese cuisine is traditionally distinguished by its regions: Northern – salty, wheat-based such as noodles and dumplings; Western – hearty halal food; Central – spicy, with many seasonings; Eastern – sweet and light; and Southern – sour, and the minorities in the region will use a lot of chilies. However, there are 8 main types of Chinese cuisine known as the Eight Cuisines , and these are Anhui , Cantonese , Fujian , Hunan , Jiangsu , Shandong , Sichuan , and Zhejiang cuisines.
With such a distinct and wide variety of Chinese cuisine across the country, it is difficult to decide the top 10 most popular dishes in China. Based on major online ordering platforms and a public survey, we listed the 10 most popular dishes in China. We hope this article will help you to order and try these dishes during your China adventure.
1. Fish with Sichuan Pickles
The term ‘suāncàiyú’ translates to hot and sour fish with pickled mustard greens”. It’s a classic dish, made with a whole grass-carp or catfish that is thinly sliced then poached in a rich broth made from chicken stock, fish stock, and ‘Sichuan pickles’, which is the main ingredients and fundamental to Sichuan cooking. The pickled vegetables were originally prepared when there were no vegetables available. They were the main dish for poor families in the old days. Nowadays, they are normally used as appetizers or an ingredient.
2. Mapo Tofu/Tofu with Chili and Sichuan Peppers
The name “MaPo Tofu” translates to “pockmarked grandma’s beancurd”, and is a classic dish from Sichuan Province. It is one of the popular dishes on many restaurant menus that can be found throughout China. The dish is spicy, numbing, hot, aromatic and tender, and best served with a bowl of steamed rice. The essential ingredients of the dish are fermented black beans, broad bean and chili paste, Sichuan peppercorn powder, ground meat, and soft tofu. The tofu is braised in the spicy meat sauce. A recommended dish, not to be missed during your travels.
3. Kung Pao Chicken /Spicy Diced Chicken with Peanuts
Another Sichuan classic, this dish is popular among westerners and is made with diced chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers.
The dish is believed to be named after Ding Baozhen, a governor of Sichuan in the late Qing dynasty (1876-1886). He often asked his chef to cook a dish that included chicken, peanuts, leeks, and chili peppers. Ding, a benevolent official worked very hard to improve the livelihood of the people. After his death, in honor of his work, the Qing government gave him the honorary title "Taizi Shaobao" , in short-form, was known as Gongbao (or Kung Pao). Hence the name of Kung Pao Chicken.
4. Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce/Chinese Sichuan-style Pork
Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce known as “Yú Xiāng Ròu Sī”or Yu-Shiang Shredded Pork is another classic dish from Sichuan. Yu Xiang literally translates to “fish fragrance” or “fish flavor”, which is a seasoning that is made of pickled chili peppers, white scallion, salt, soy, ginger, and garlic, there is no fish involved in the dish. It is believed that the seasoning used in the dish was inspired by the way fish was traditionally prepared in Sichuan. Other popular dishes like Yu Xiang Eggplant, Yu Xiang Tofu also use the same seasonings.
5. Sichuan Poached Fish filets in Hot Chili Oil
The name means "water boiled fish". The marinated fish slices used are fresh grass carp or catfish that is gently poached in water seasoned with chili peppers and Sichuan peppers, giving the dish a tender, succulent, and packed with hot spicy flavor sensation to your taste bud.
6. Braised Pork in Brown Sauce
Chinese people love braised pork belly. It’s a very popular dish, and many versions depending on where you are traveling in China. In Shanghai, the taste of the dish is sweet (made with rock sugar), while in Chengdu, the braised pork belly is made with brown sugar, and tastes slightly spicy. However, if you happen to be in Hunan Province, you’ll find Chairman Mao’s Red Braised Pork Belly dish is heavily flavored with spices, as the local people love spicy food.