List Of Chinese Food With Pictures

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Chinese food is a popular cuisine associated with a number of dishes and cuisines. The Chinese have been making Chinese food for thousands of years, and it’s one of the most popular types of food in the world today.

Chinese food is often divided into different regions, each with their own specialties or characteristics. Some common types of Chinese food include:

  • Cantonese cuisine – Cantonese cuisine is characterized by its use of pork, seafood and vegetables such as bok choy. It is also known for its use of oyster sauce in dishes such as stir-fried noodles and steamed dumplings.
  • Sichuan cuisine – Sichuan cuisine uses chili peppers as well as peanuts in many dishes like Kung Pao chicken or hot pot soups with red oil. One common ingredient used in Sichuanese cuisine is peppercorn oil which gives dishes an extra kick!

List Of Chinese Food With Pictures

Most Popular Chinese Dishes, Tasty Chinese Food

With a long history, unique features, numerous styles, and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one of the important constituent parts of Chinese culture. Chinese traditional dishes are famous for their color, aroma, taste, meanings, and appearance.

As China is a huge country, there are many regional differences in cuisine due to differing climates, history, local ingredients, dining customs, etc.

According to the cooking styles and regional flavors, Chinese cuisines can be divided into eight Chinse cuisines, which include Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, Shandong Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine, Fujian Cuisine, Anhui Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine, and Jiangsu Cuisine. Each cuisine has its popular dishes.

1. Peking Roasted Duck

Beijing Roasted Duck

Beijing Roasted Duck

Peking duck (北京烤鸭 Běijīng kǎoyā) is a famous dish from Beijing, enjoying world fame, and considered as one of China national dishes. Peking duck is savored for its thin and crispy skin. Sliced Peking duck is often eaten with pancakes, sweet bean sauce, or soy sauce with mashed garlic. It is a must-taste dish in Beijing!

As “the first dish to taste in China”, Beijing Roast Duck used to be a royal dish in medieval China. It has been a “national dish of diplomacy” since the 1970s, when it was first used for the reception of foreign guests by Premier Zhou Enlai (the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China). It is highly praised by heads of state, government officials, and domestic and foreign tourists.

2. Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken (宫保鸡丁 gōngbào jīdīng) is a famous Sichuan-style specialty, popular with both Chinese and foreigners. The major ingredients are diced chicken, dried chili, cucumber, and fried peanuts (or cashews).

People (Chinese takeaways) in Western countries have created a Western-style kung pao chicken, for which the diced chicken is covered with cornstarch, and vegetables, sweet and sour sauce, and mashed garlic are added. See How to Cook Kung Pao Chicken for a classic recipe and its history.

3. Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and sour pork (糖醋里脊 tángcù lǐjǐ) has a bright orange-red color, and a delicious sweet and sour taste. At the very beginning there was only sweet and sour pork, but to meet demands, there have been some developments on this dish. Now, the pork can be substituted with other ingredients like chicken, beef, or pork ribs.

4. Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Hot pot, or hotpot (火锅 huǒguō), is one of the most popular dishes in China, especially in Sichuan Province or Chongqing. People cook in and eat from a simmering pot of soup stock (broth) on a gas/induction hob in the middle of the dining table with foodstuffs and condiments around the pot. People can add and cook whatever they like in the broth. The secret of whether a hot pot is good or not lies in the broth, which all the meat slices and vegetables take their flavor from.

Chinese people are very fond of hot pot. In the past hot pot used to be favored only in winter, but nowadays hot pot has been appearing on tables all year round. It is a great way to socialize with friends and relatives. People gather around the pot to eat while chatting, eating, drinking, and having fun.

5. Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Cantonese Dim Sum

Dim sum (点心 diǎnxin) is one of the most popular Cantonese cuisine dishes. It contains a large range of small dishes, including dumplings, rolls, cakes, and meat, seafood, dessert, and vegetable preparations. There are more than one thousand dim sum dishes in existence today.

Dim sum originated in Guangzhou city. People of Guangdong are fond of drinking tea in the morning or lunch. So, they often eat dim sum during their tea parties for breakfast and lunch. It is a popular way to get together with friends and relatives or have social gatherings. Read more about Dim sum.

6. Dumplings

Dumplings

Dumplings

Dumplings (饺子 jiǎozi) are a traditional food type that is widely popular, especially in North China. Chinese dumplings consist of minced meat and/or chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. Dumplings can be cooked by boiling, steaming, or frying.

Dumplings are also a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. As they look like Chinese silver ingots (Chinese money in old times), it is believed that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you will make in the New Year. Making dumplings is a good way to interact with your friends and relatives. You will see a busy kitchens with Chinese families making dumplings during Chinese New Year. Read more abou Dumplings.

7. Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po tofu (麻婆豆腐 Mápó dòufǔ ‘Pockmarked Granny beancurd’) is one of the most famous dishes in Chuan Cuisine (Sichuan food) with a history of more than 100 years. It consists of beancurd along with some minced meat (pork or beef) in a spicy sauce. The sauce is made from fermented black beans and chili paste (douban/douchi).

The inventor of Ma Po tofu was from Chengdu, Sichuan province. She was a grandma whose surname was Chen. It is said that Chen’s face was very pockmarked. In Chinese, ma means ‘pockmarked’ and ‘po’ means grandma, and so people called the dish she made Ma Po (‘Pockmarked Granny’) tofu. Her spicy and fragrant dish later became a highly popular item. It was introduced to Japan and also became a popular dish there. Read more about how to cook Ma Po Tofu.

8. Char Siu

Char Siu

Cantonese Char Siu

In Cantonese, char means ‘fork’ and siu means ‘to roast’, so char sui (叉烧 chāshāo) means “fork roasted”. It is a kind of Cantonese roast pork. It is eaten with rice or noodles. It is also used as a filling in baozi (a kind of steamed stuffed bun).

9. Chow Mein

Chow Mein

Chow Mein

Chow mein is the Cantonese pronunciation of the Mandarin chǎomiàn (炒面), which means ‘stir-fried noodles’. This stir-fried dish consists of noodles, meat (usually chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork), onions, and celery.

For making chow mein, the noodles need to be cooked in boiling water for a while. After they cool comes the step of stir-frying.

There is an interesting story about the origin of chow mein. It is said that chow mein was invented by a woman called Shan Gu in Jiangsu Province. She was making food for workers who were building a great dam to prevent flooding of the Yellow River. She found that food went bad easily and fast in the hot weather. So, she invented chow mein, which can be kept for a longer time and is easily reheated and eaten. Since then, stir-frying has become a popular way of cooking noodles.

10. Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Yangzhou Fried Rice

Fried rice (炒饭 chǎofàn) is a dish made from fried cooked rice and other ingredients, often including eggs, vegetables, seafood, or meat. Fried rice is one of the most common Chinese foods. It is easy to make fried rice at home using leftover rice and other meat or vegetables from the last meal.

It was said that an important diplomatic official in the late Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), Li Hongzhang, ordered his chef to cook a dish that both Chinese people and foreigners would like. The chef made fried rice, which was enjoyed by both the foreign guests and officials.

The most famous fried rice in China is Yangzhou fried rice. Typical Yangzhou fried rice ingredients include shrimp, eggs, and barbecued pork.

11. Twice-Cooked Pork Slices

Twice-Cooked Pork Slices

Twice-Cooked Pork Slices

Twice-cooked pork or double-cooked pork (回锅肉 huíguōròu) is one of the most famous Sichuan pork dishes. Its Chinese name is huiguorou, which means ‘returned-to-the-pot meat’. Pork is boiled in the pot first. Then it is cooked again with other ingredients, including broad bean paste (doubanjiang), fermented black soybeans (douchi), garlic, ginger, and so on.

It was said that the dish was created by a Chinese poet called Su Dongpo (a.k.a. Su Shi) in the Song Dynasty era (960–1279).

Su made a delicious pork dish for his friends one day. He was boiling pork in a pot and walked out of the house and forgot about it. After he returned, he found the simmering pork had turned very soft. He tasted the pork sizzling in its fat and found the pork had become softer and more delicious than with his previous boiling method. So, he returned it to the pot with the other ingredients and impressed his friends with it.

Due to its origin story and its taste, ‘twice-cooked pork’ has become very popular.

12. Sichuan Pork

Sichuan Pork

Sichuan Pork

Sichuan pork, or ‘poached pork slices’ (水煮肉片 shuǐzhǔ ròupiàn), is a famous Sichuan cuisine dish. Pork, with a coating made from egg-white and starch to preserve its freshness and tenderness, is boiled in broth. The meaty broth is typical Sichuan cuisine, featuring a peppery and spicy taste. When eating, you’ll find each piece of meat contains abundant juices with a fresh and fragrant spicy aroma.

Poached beef slices is a popular version of this dish that we have a recipe for.

13. Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao

Shanghai Xiaolongbao

Xiǎolóngbāo (小笼包 ‘small basket buns’) are a kind of baozi (Chinese steamed bun). They are popular in Jiangsu and Shanghai. Xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in a small bamboo basket, which gives them their name. The most common xiaolongbao filling is pork. Other ingredients can include beef, crab meat, shrimp, seafood, and vegetable fillings.

There is a special way to eat the broth-filled Shanghai steamed-pork xiaolongbao (Shanghai soup buns): you can nibble off a small corner of dough and suck out the delicious soup. Or you can use a straw to suck the soup then eat the fillings and dough.

14. Zhajiangmian

Zhajiangmian

Zhajiangmian

Zhajiangmian (炸酱面 /jaa-jyang-myen/ ‘fried sauce noodles’) is one of the most popular Shandong Cuisine dishes. It is a thick wheat noodle dish topped with zhajiang sauce. The sauce is made by simmering pork or beef with salty fermented soybean paste. In Chinese, zhajiang means ‘fried sauce’, while mian means ‘noodles’. It is also a well-known small meal or snack in Beijing.

Originating in Shandong, zhajiangmian was introduced to Beijing by Qing Dynasty Emperor Guangxu (r. 1871–1908) and Empress Dowager Cixi during a trip from Beijing to Xi’an. They went into a restaurant and ordered a bowl of zhajiangmian. Both found it so tasty that they had to eat another bowl. Then, Empress Dowager Cixi brought the chef who made the ‘fried sauce noodles’ to the palace in Beijing. From then on, zhajiangmian became more and more popular in Beijing and around China.

15. Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Wontons (馄炖 húndùn) are a kind of Chinese dumpling. Different from jiaozi, wontons have less filling and are wrapped in much thinner dough wrappers. The shapes of wontons can be different depending on how they’re made. Some of them look like silver ingots, making them an auspicious ‘wealth-invoking’ dish.

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Chowmein

Chowmein is a Chinese dish. It is very popular in India and other countries too. It’s a stir fried noodles. Chowmein contains good amount of protein as it is made with lot of vegetables like capsicum, onion, carrot, cabbage, Soya sauce, vinegar is added to Chowmein to give a tangy taste.

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2Manchurian

Dry Manchurian is served as a snacks. Manchurian is a fried vegetable balls. For making vegetable balls we can use cauliflower, cabbage, spring onions, French beans, carrot, corn starch can be used for binding all the ingredients. For making gravy we use oil, ginger, garlic, soya sauce and vinegar, corn starch is added to its gravy for thick consistency.

3Dumplings

Dumplings may be cooked, fried, steamed, boiled. Its main ingredient is all purpose flour .Dumlings may be sweet, salty or stuffed. For its filling we can use vegetable like carrot, green peas, cabbage. It is an appetizers.it is popular among nepali’s. They taste awesome when cooked. It becomes very crispy after cooking them. Steamed ones tastes like momo sometimes.

dumpling

4Spicy Tofu

Tofu is an substitute of paneer.it is rich in protein.it is very simple and quick to prepare .It’s prepartion time: 10-12 mins. Though it tastes different from Paneer but still children loves Tofu. Just like Paneer we may cook tofu bhurji, palak tofu, tofu butter masala. This dish popular in China, Korea, Japan. It is described as the brownish red ground beef stuffed with chopped onion.

tofu

5Egg-Fried Rice

Egg fried rice can be cooked within 30 minutes.it is full of nutrition. egg fried rice is on its own a complete meal. its cooking process almost same as vegetable fried rice, only ingredient added is egg. boiled egg can also be used for making egg fried rice. we can cook this dish from leftover rice also. They can be served with Manchurian balls and it makes a good combination with Manchurian thick gravy.

6Kung Pao Chicken

This dish is savory in taste. It’s a stir fry dish made with vegetables, chicken, peanuts etc.it is less spicy dish.it is very popular Chinese dishes in America. soya sauce, vinegar, corn starch, boneless chicken are used to cook this dish. This dish is best example of Chinese culture and it is famous in both locals and foreigners.

7Wonton Soup

It has become Custom for peoples to drink Wonton’s soup in the winter season. The shape of the Wonton generally is simple right Triangle. Wontons can be boiled and then pour into soup or wontons can be deep fried and then pour into soup. It has the filling of diced shrimp or pork inside it.

8Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork can be from other forms like pork ribs, Chicken, or beef. Sweet and Sour Pork is one of the top Chinese dish available in almost each and every country but name of the dish may vary according to place to place. Some main ingredients of this dish are Red Capsicum, Yellow Capsicum, Honey, Vinegar, spices, Chicken or beef, etc.

9Peking Roasted Duck

Peking Roasted Duck, liked by peoples all over the world, each local member or Foreigner love this dish because of delicious roasted duck meat and its thin and crispy skin. This dish is roasted as specified from name itself.

10Spring Rolls

This dish is made in two variants- Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian. In former variant, these cylindrical shaped rolls are stuffed with vegetables like cabbage, onion, ginger, chili. In latter variant, these rolls are stuffed with vegetables and meat and they are wrapped with refined flour. They are fried to add crisp to the rolls.

11Chilli Chicken

This dish is made by marinating the boneless chicken in soya sauce, pepper and chili sauce. It is deep fried and then it is again seasoned in sauces to give it best taste. Sometimes aj jin moto is used for adding good taste to it. Food color is also added to give it deep red color. It is oily enough to dehydrate a lot.

12  Monchow Soup

It is one of the popular dishes of Indian-Chinese cuisine because it is prepared easily and it is spicy enough to please you. The soup is prepared with various vegetables, chicken and scallions, thickened with stock and corn flour. It is flavored with doses of salt, garlic, soy sauce, chili peppers etc.

13Chicken Manchurian

The main ingredients of this dish are boneless chicken breasts, eggs. This dish comes under the category of Indo-Chinese cuisine. This dish is full of drama, flavors and spices. These chicken Manchurians can be sautéed in ginger garlic paste to give authentic flavor. And its thick gravy tastes best with fried rice.

14Egg Noodles

It is a food in many cultures made from dough which is extruded, stretched, rolled flat and cut into variety of shapes and size. This dish is made by adding egg to the noodles. Eggs added to the noodles make it healthy as eggs contain a good amount of protein in it which is required by the body. The egg noodles contain some vegetables like capsicum, cabbage, onion, carrot and tossed with some spices and chili with added soy sauce.

15Darsaan

This dish is made by adding honey to the noodles. The sweet element honey in the dish makes it dessert. This is served as dessert in Chinese dishes. It is garnished with sesame seeds to add a good texture and flavor to it.

16American Chop Suey

It is a popular dish of New England. This dish contains elbow macaroni and cooked ground beef with sautéed onion and green pepper in tomato puree. This dish is made is cooking pan. It is served in casserole.  It is influenced by Italian-American  cuisine and New England quick meals.

17Chilli Potato

This dish is made by frying the nicely sliced potatoes in garlic puree and tomato puree to give it spicy flavor. The dish can be garnished with sesame seeds. These potatoes are dipped in honey to make it sweet. It tastes sweet and salty at the same time. Sometimes these potatoes are dipped in gravy of tomato and then served with soft drinks.

18Fried Shrimps with Cashews

This dish is made by mixing the soy sauce, wine and sesame seeds in medium bowl with added ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Broccoli, Dry fruits like cashew, nuts, green capsicum, carrot are its main ingredients. This dish is rich in Nutrients because of such vegetables.

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19Gong Bao Chicken

Gong Bao Chicken is a non – vegetarian Chinese dish which is famous because of its spicy and amazing taste. Some main ingredients of Gong Bao Chicken are Chicken obviously, Green Capsicum, Yellow Capsicum, Spring Onion.

gong

20Dimpsums

Dimpsum is Chinese dish made from thin layer of refined flour with the stuffing of vegetables like spring onions, Cabbage, Carrot, etc. It is boiled and rich in nutrients.

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