Food is one of the most important aspects of any culture. It’s how we demonstrate our tastes, traditions, and even current events. Take Chinese food for example. Rice has been a staple in Chinese cuisine since 1000 BC when it was first domesticated by Chinese farmers. Over time, Chinese cooking techniques have evolved to suit different climates and regional ingredients available at the time. With that being said, here are 11 best Chinese dishes you need to try!
Dumplings are a Chinese food that is popular in many different cultures. Although they have been around for centuries, dumplings have only recently gained popularity outside of china. Dumpling recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but the most common ingredients are chinese cabbage, chives, ginger root, sesame oil and salt. The dough can be made with flour or wheat starch noodles which are then boiled until cooked through before being fried in vegetable oil or lard until crispy on the outside.
Dumplings can also be served cold with soy sauce for dipping if desired. Traditional chinese dumplings come in various shapes including round (jiaozi), triangular (shaomai) and flat (guotie).
2) Chow Mein
Chow mein is a chinese dish of stir-fried noodles or rice that are typically eaten for lunch. The word chow mein literally means “stirred fried noodles”. Chow Mein can be made with any type of protein, but most commonly it is served as a vegetarian dish with vegetables and chives/scallions mixed in the noodles.
The best thing about chow mein is its versatility; you can make chow mein your way by adding different ingredients to change up the flavor. For example, if you want to make some more spicy chow mein then you would add chili peppers or chopped jalapeno peppers into the mix. If you want to go sweet then try adding chow mein sauce to your noodles, or chow mein powder.
3) Fried Rice
Chinese fried rice is a dish of cooked rice that has been stir-fried in a wok or frying pan, with various ingredients such as eggs, vegetables, seafood and meat. Variations of this dish exist across the world. It’s often eaten as lunch or supper.
Chinese fried rice differs from other varieties mainly in the type of leafy vegetable used: chinese cabbage (or choy sum) rather than long-grain white or brown rice which is typically used for Japanese chahan and Indian chawal dishes respectively. The sticky texture comes from slightly overcooked grains of japonica short-grained variety of rice called senmai chirimen which have been soaked before cooking to soften them somewhat while retaining their shape so that they don’t turn mushy.
The chinese fried rice is prepared with broad chinese chives and chopped chinese leek used as garnishing and flavoring on the surface of chinese fried rice while some recipes also add garlic chives, which are different from regular chives in that they resemble flat blades of grass.
4) Hot Pot
Hot Pot is a Chinese dish that consists of boiling raw food in a pot of soup, water or broth. The ingredients are usually thinly sliced meats (usually beef) and vegetables. It originated from the Mongolian hot pot which was popular during the Yuan Dynasty in China. It is considered to be one of the most popular chinese foods all over the world because it’s very easy to make but it tastes great when you’re done preparing it. You can also change up this dish with whatever you want depending on what your taste buds feel like eating for dinner!
5) Sweet and Sour Pork
What is Sweet and Sour Pork?
Sweet and sour pork, also known as chow chow chien in Cantonese, is a dish that originates from the Sichuan province of China. It consists of a mixture of savory sauce with a sweet aftertaste, made up to complement any type of protein. Traditionally it’s served over rice. The flavor profile can range from tangy to mildly spicy depending on the ingredients used in the sauce. In its simplest form, this dish typically includes chicken or pork cooked with garlic and ginger until tender before adding vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and water which makes up the base for this delicious meal. But you can add whatever your heart desires such as pineapple, peppers, onions or any other veggies of your liking.
6) Dim Sum
Dim sum is a type of Chinese cuisine that consists of small and usually savory dishes. It’s often served from carts pushed by waiters or from hawker stands. Dim sum can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In the United States, dim sum typically refers to brunch items such as buns with barbecued pork, chives dumplings in soup, fried shrimp balls on rice noodles, chive dumplings in soy sauce and vinegar sauce.
–>The literal meaning of “dim sum” (“touch heart”) is said to refer to the fact that these little dishes touch your heart—and your palate—with their variety of flavors and textures. The word was first recorded around 1848 in a book by Robert Hunter, one of the first Protestant missionaries to Guangzhou.
7) Peking Duck
Peking Duck is a Chinese dish that has been eaten in China for more than 1000 years. It’s made of duck, which is roasted slowly in an oven, then served cold with sweetened soy sauce and sliced cucumbers. The meat retains its moisture while cooking because it is covered in cornstarch before being cooked. Peking Duck was originally prepared by the imperial chefs of the Qing Dynasty court who were creating dishes to please their royal masters when they traveled from Beijing to Manchuria on hunting expeditions.
This dish became very popular among Chinese people during the late 1800s when China started opening up to foreigners for trade. When China opened up to foreigners, they also exposed foreign cuisine like French food and Chinese food to china. Peking duck is an incredibly popular dish in China today because of chinese chow mein, which was brought over by chinese immigrants who moved thousands of miles to the United States for work during the gold rush era.
Peking Duck is served at many Chinese restaurants around the world.
8) Szechuan Chilli Chicken
The chinese dish szechuan chilli chicken is a spicy chinese food which you need to try. It’s made with ingredients like chilies, garlic, ginger and soy sauce. The chiles are usually dried or fresh but the other ingredients are always used in powdered form. It is usually served with steamed rice or fried rice, vegetables and an egg roll spiced with Szechuan pepper powder on the side. This dish has many variations including beef, pork, shrimp or tofu as well but it’s best when made from chicken. You should definitely give this Chinese food a try if you can!
9) Fried Cod Fish
Fish is a staple in Chinese cuisine, but there are many different ways to prepare it. Fried cod fish is one of the most popular Chinese dishes that foreigners find difficult to enjoy when they first come into contact with Chinese food. This dish originated in Guangdong Province which is also home to Cantonese cooking, and it has spread across chis region with popularity due to its simplicity and deliciousness. Fried cod fish can be found at almost every chinese restaurant so it’s not hard for you to try this delicacy if you’re interested! The fried cod fish consists of deep fried pieces of boneless whitefish coated in a thin layer of yellow batter before being served piping hot on top of rice or noodles. It’s usually garnished with chinese chives and green onion to add a bit of color, but you can even add chilies for an extra kick.
10) Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken is a chinese dish that consists of stir-fried diced chicken, peanuts, chilis and various vegetables. The name literally translates to “pounded chilies” in English. This dish has its origins in the Sichuan province of China and is very popular in both Singaporean cuisine as well as overseas Chinese communities. It’s also common for people to use this recipe for home cooking or catering purposes because it can be cooked with minimal effort.
The key ingredients used are chili peppers (fresh or dried), chilis (dried red chilis), garlic cloves, ginger root, soy sauce (dark soy sauce) and sugar (rock sugar). These ingredients are then mixed together before finally adding the chicken meat.
11) Honey Chilli Potato
Honey Chilli Potato is a popular Chinese food. It has chunky potato pieces that are stir-fried in a sweet, sticky sauce with garlic chives and red chillies. The combination of flavors is rich, salty, spicy and sweet all at the same time! And it’s really easy to make too – just chuck everything into the wok! Honey Chilli Potato also goes well with rice or noodles as a side dish if you’re cooking for one or two people.
Honey Chilli Potato is delicious served on its own as an appetizer with drinks before dinner too or even as part of a Chinese Dim Sum Brunch menu. But whatever you do, don’t forget to sprinkle on some freshly chopped spring onions or chives to garnish just before serving.
The eleven chinese foods we’ve provided are only the beginning! There are more chinese dishes you should try, but these are some of our favorites. We hope this article has given you new ideas on what to order next time you go out for Chinese food. If there is a specific dish that interests you and isn’t mentioned here, let us know in the comments below.