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6 Most Popular Chinese Dishes – Best Food to Eat in China

Indulging in China's wide spectrum of cuisine is a truly wonderful experience. From Peking roast duck, delicious dumplings, and the ever-so-popular Kung Pao chicken to Sichuan hot pot, here are some of the most popular and delicious Chinese dishes that promise to make your culinary travels in China all the more adventurous and real!



Known locally as jiaozi, dumplings are an ancient Chinese wheat food that traces its origins 1,800 years back. Traditionally dumplings are eaten during the Winter Solstice and the Spring Festival. In contemporary times, however, dumplings are enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a quick snack! It's a definite must-have during your travels in China! One also has the option of choosing from pan-fried, steamed or boiled dumplings according to your taste and requirements.


Beijing Roast Duck

Now world famous for its sumptuousness, the roast duck is a famous royal dish of Beijing that first originated in the southern and northern dynasties of mainland China. Roasted for hours over a charcoal-lit fire, a well-prepared Beijing roast duck is characterised by its tender and succulent meat that falls off the bone, smoky flavour and greasy skin of the duck. One will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Beijing roast duck with the usual accompaniments at many 5-star restaurants close to many Changsha apartment options including those such as Ascott Xiangjiang FFC Changsha as well!


Sichuan hot pot

Famous for its fresh, spicy and fragrant flavours, the Sichuan hot pot represents a beloved dish of the Sichuan and Chongqing regions. One can find all kinds of foods being cooked inside the big pot including duck, chicken, mutton, fish, ox tripe and an array of vegetables including mushrooms, bean sprouts, and greens including kale, spinach, Napa cabbage, and baby bok choy.


Kung Pao Chicken

An extremely popular dish in Guizhou, Beijing, Sichuan and Shandong, Kung Pao chicken is a traditional spicy stir-fried dish, whose main ingredients include chilli peppers, chicken cubes, vegetables, peanuts and Sichuan peppercorns.


Chow Mein

A dish consisting of stir-fried noodles, vegetables and meat or tofu, chow mein is extremely popular throughout China. Over the centuries, variations of the dish were created throughout many regions of the country. There are several methods of frying the noodles, and the range of toppings included in the dish happens to vary from region to region and from restaurant to restaurant.


Braised Pork Balls

Known throughout China as the Four Happiness Meatballs by locals, the braised pork ball in brown sauce is a favourite dish originating from the Huaiyan cuisine of eastern China. Preparations of these meatballs include mixing lean and fat meats with mushrooms and water chestnuts. Which are then moulded into large balls and then deep-fried. After which they are simmered over low heat in the form of a casserole. To serve, the meatballs are finally covered in a thick brown sauce and tucked into with absolute relish!

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