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8 Best Dishes in China – explore the sweet & salty Chinese flavours

When you are travelling in China, you really should take time to discover the enchanting flavours of the land. This article includes information about the top 8 dishes that you must try out here.



Wantons have been savoured in the land for many centuries. The delicious wantons of China are either boiled or deep-fried. The filling can be minced pork or diced shrimp. Wantons have a unique triangular shape and are generally served in a soup.


Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and sour pork is a staple dish in your culinary expedition in China. This incredible dish looks as great as it tastes. The bright orange colour of the meat can make your mouth water even before you take the very first bite! In many leading restaurants in the city, you will find sweet and sour pork served. To meet the changing demands of the people, sweet and sour chicken, beef and pork ribs dishes are also served today.


Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu boasts of a history of over 100 years. The tofu has an incredible milky taste and when it is combined with the spicy pepper powder, it creates a sensational taste that will truly delight you. Ma Po Tofu is commonly served at the many traditional restaurants in the country. If you are travelling in Shanghai, do consider staying at centrally located hotels like Dorsett Shanghai so you will be able to easily visit the best restaurants in Shanghai China with great ease.


Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is a dish that you will find in almost all the traditional restaurants in China. The dish is a very simple one which combines diced chicken, dried chilli and fried peanuts. There is a western dish that is similar to the traditional Kung Pao Chicken of China too. It combines corn starch, vegetables as well as the sweet and sour sauce.



Dumplings have been rooted in the food culture of China for over 1800 years. Minced meat and chopped vegetables are wrapped in dough skin to create this culinary treat. You will find minced pork, diced shrimp, beef, ground chicken as well as vegetables in the filling of a traditional Chinese dumpling.


Chow Mein

Chow Mein essentially means stir-fried noodles. This is quite popular in China and many tourists also relish Chow Mein when travelling in the country. In this dish, you will find noodles, chicken, beef, shrimp or pork along with onions and celery.


Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are quite a popular delicacy in China that you must definitely try out when travelling here. The filling of the spring role can include vegetables as well as meat. You can order a sweet version or a savoury version of the spring roll according to your taste. The spring rolls are deep fried before being served which gives it its delightfully golden colour.


Peking Roasted Duck

Peking Roasted Duck is an internationally popular dish which has its roots in China. The thin and crispy skin of the duck makes this dish truly quite addictive. It is often served with pancakes, mashed garlic and soybean sauce.

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