07 Jun Gastronomic Delight! Learning Chinese Food
Want to know which are the most popular Chinese dishes? Well, here’s our list. Check it out.
菠菜面 [bō cài miàn] (Spinach Noodles)
This is one dish you can’t miss if you are in Mainland China or Singapore. Every noodle joint in China worth its name makes its own noodles. The dish includes spinach noodles (that is, noodles made from spinach) served with different sauces and topped with a variety of ingredients. For instance, a common combination—and a very tasty one, too—is spinach noodles in spicy tomato sauce and topped with beef, egg, potato, chili, and carrots.
炒麻食 [chǎo má shi] (Fried Mashi)
You can find fried noodles and fried rice everywhere. However, this dish, while it looks like fried noodles or rice, is a bit different. It is several different things at the same time. It’s hot but also a little sweet. And yes, it’s quite filling too. The softness of mashi goes extremely well with the crunchiness of vegetables.
烤肉 [Kǎo ròu] (BBQ Meat)
It is not possible to escape this traditional food if you are living in Mainland China or Singapore. You can find hawkers selling this standard serving of meat everywhere, outside the mall, shops and anytime as well like after your Mandarin classes in Singapore. Typically, these are extremely spicy. And there are all sorts of meat available, from standard options like beef, chicken, lamb too, well, not-so-common options, like gizzards and even tentacles.
凉菜 [liáng cài] (Cold Vegetable Dish)
If you are a vegetarian, this is one Chinese dish you would love to try. This dish contains different vegetables, peanuts, and tofu and is served with a sauce or marinade. Most common vegetables served in this dish include green beans, cabbage, lotus root, and cucumbers.
臭豆腐 [chòu dòu fu] (Stinky Tofu)
This dish smells pretty bad, but it will be a pity if you don’t try it because of that. Why? Because it tastes pretty well! You can find this dish everywhere in China. Give it a try, especially if you are a vegetarian.
饺子 [jiao zi] (Dumplings)
Surely, you must have tasted dumplings. They are the most popular Chinese food outside China. Well, guess what, dumplings in China are much better than anywhere else. So if you are in Mainland China or Singapore on a vacation or a business trip, make sure to try this classic Chinese food, which is equally popular among the locals and tourists. Traditional Chinese dumplings are filled with pork, beef, or veggies. They are served fried or steamed. The locals prefer dipping dumplings in black vinegar and a chili sauce. It has a unique taste: bitter, spicy, and sweet at the same time. Try it once.
羊肉泡馍 [yáng ròu pào mó] (Mutton Stew)
Pào mó is another popular Chinese food. It is usually served with mutton. However, it also comes with beef or pork. In place of noodles, pieces of unleavened bread are used. The dish is served with pickled garlic and chili sauce.