14 May MOST POPULAR CHINESE DISHES
Chinese food is among the most famous cuisines in the world, with a culinary heritage that has influenced almost every country in the world. So much so that, each has added their own spin to it and today there’s Indian Chinese food, American Chinese food, you name it. In this article, however, we have listed some of the most popular authentic dishes from the original Chinese menu that are an absolute treat to the palate.
1: THE PEKING DUCK:
The Peking roasted duck is probably the most famous dish in Beijing and was first introduced to the public in the late 1800’s. Initially an imperial dish in ancient China, today it is considered one of its National dishes. The roasted duck is renowned for its crispy skin and juicy meat and is perfect with a side of pancakes, soy with crushed garlic or dowsed in sweet bean sauce.
Dumplings, or Jiaozi as they are called in Chinese, is a dish that has been around in China for over 1000 years. A popular dish in northern China, the people there make it during the Chinese New Year or the Winter Solstice. Dumplings come in different flavours and fillings and generally consist of minced meat and vegetables wrapped in a thin sheet of dough to form lumps.
3: KUNG PAO CHICKEN:
A favourite dish from the Sichuan cuisine, Kung Pao chicken is famous for its spicy, tender flavour and is made using dried chilli, diced chicken and peanuts. Today there is a westernised version of the same known as Gong Pao chicken that is popular in America and other western countries wherein the chicken is covered in cornstarch and uses the sweet and sour sauce and mashed garlic.
4: SPRING ROLLS:
Spring rolls are a popular snack all over China and have different versions depending on the region and cooking methods used. They are basically a cylindrical shaped dim sum that is stuffed with either meat or vegetables and is fried to perfection until they turn a golden yellow. They can be either sweet or savoury and is especially famous in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hong Kong etc.
5: MA PO TOFU:
The most popular dish from the Chuan Cuisine, Ma Po Tofu has been around for over a 100 years. Milky Tofu is mixed up with delicious ground beef and chopped onion and is garnished in pepper powder, a well-used condiment in the Chuan Cuisine that gives the dish its spicy, hot taste.
6: WON TON:
A Wonton is another kind of meat stuffed dough lump that is had with soup and is very popular in Southern China even though it originated in the North. It is generally made by spreading a square sheet of dough on one’s palm, stuffing it with meat or vegetables and then rolling it into any desired shape, the most versatile one is a triangle like the Italian Tortellini.
7: CHOW MEIN:
Chow Mein, a popular dish now served all over the world, generally includes flat or round noodles enhanced by meat, onions, celery and sometimes other flavouring condiments. This dish is easy and speedy and can be prepared in a small amount of time.