How much do you really know about Chinese food?

How much do you really know about Chinese food?

When it comes to China, many people may think of the delicious Chinese foods.

Explaining the characteristics and history of these foods in English, however, is quite difficult.

To help educate English speakers, we’ve compiled a brief introduction about some popular Chinese traditional foods.


1.Proper street kebabs(正宗街边烤串)

烤串

In China, no matter which city you are, you can find this kind of street food. It is made from different meat, vegetables, and even fruit.

Many people love to eat it and called the act of doing so “撸串”.

2. Spicy crayfish(麻辣小龙虾)

麻辣小龙虾

The idiomatic parlance of this food is tongue-numbing spicy crayfish, owing to its characteristic numb and spicy taste.

In addition, 小龙虾 does not means 小的龙虾,crayfish not the little lobster.

3. Sugar-coated haws /Candied haw/tang hu lu(糖葫芦)

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Making many people recall their childhood, 糖葫芦 is a traditional Chinese snack of candied fruit. It typically has a hardened sugar coating that comes from dipping the skewer in sugar syrup.

Traditionally, the fruit used has been Chinese hawthorn, but in recent times vendors have also used various other fruits, such as strawberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, or bananas.

4. Stinky tofu(臭豆腐)

臭豆腐

臭豆腐 is a form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor, and it is a popular snack in east and southeast China. The preparation and tasting methods differ from place to place.

However, it has become a common sense that a good piece of stinky tofu should be fresh and juicy, crispy outside but tender inside, and smelling stinky but tasting delicious.

To stinky tofu lovers, they especially enjoy its distinct flavor and odor.

5. Shanghai hairy crab(上海大闸蟹)

上海大闸蟹

This kind of crab is named hairy crab due to its hairy forceps.

6.Bullfrog poached in chili oil /Sichuan boiled bullfrog(水煮牛蛙)

水煮牛蛙

水煮牛蛙 is typical Sichuan cuisine, which is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan province. It has bold flavor, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavor of the Sichuan pepper. Peanuts, sesame paste, and ginger are also prominent ingredients in Sichuan cuisine.

7. Boiled chicken chops served cold /cold chopped chicken(白斩鸡)

白斩鸡

There is a saying, “It’s impossible to have no chicken for a feast”. 白斩鸡 is very popular among Guangdong, whose food is focused on quality and taste. When cooked properly, 白斩鸡 tastes fresh and crispy.

8.Duck blood soup with vermicelli(鸭血粉丝汤)

鸭血粉丝汤

Brought to Shanghai by a few duck-loving Nanjing natives more than a decade ago, 鸭血粉丝汤 is what the local people of Shanghai consider the go-to choice for a quick but hearty lunch. In this soup, you’ll find duck blood and entrails, green vegetables, and glass noodles.


These are just a few of the many unique foods of China.

If you want to learn about China, starting with Chinese food is a great idea.

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