Must-Try Chinese Street Foods!

Though one country, Chinas vastness has allowed for many different types of Chinese cuisine to develop. We check out the dishes and delicacies you should try at least once.

Jinbng (Chinese Crepes)

Known as the Chinese crepes, jianbing is one of the most common street foods eaten for breakfast in China. It is easily accessible around street corners, outside of subway stations and tourist attractions. Though the types of Jianbing vary by city, the main ingredients are generally the same. The dough is made of wheat and grain flour and fried on a griddle with egg as the base. Meanwhile, the center is filled with scallions, lettuce, cilantro, and rich chili sauce.

Jiozi (Chinese Dumplings)

Filled with vegetables and/or meat, jiaozi  or Chinese dumplings are common street foods. They are shaped like ancient gold ingots, which were believed to bring you good luck. They are often shallow fried or deep-fried and eaten with a dip of soy-vinegar sauce for flavor. One bite releases a mouthful of hot, juicy broth that reaches every sense on the tongue, creating an explosive mixture of flavors. Jiaozis are eaten all throughout the year, but more so on Chinese New Years.

Bozi (Chinese Bread Buns)

Baozi are dough buns often filled with juicy meat such as barbecued pork and/or vegetables, and steamed in steaming trays made of bamboo. They are prepared similarly to the way jiaozi dumplings are prepared the only difference is that baozi consists of thicker dough, as well as a larger amount of filling. They often appear in two sizes: Dabao(big buns), which are the most common forms of baozi sold by street vendors, and Xiaobao (small buns).

Hu gu (Hotpot)

Huo guo, more commonly known as hotpot, is a Sichuan specialty that has spread its influence throughout the country. Over time, many variations have developed in each region of China, using different meat as well as soup bases, sauces and condiments. The most famous of all huo guo is the Chongqing ma la hotpot, which adds Sichuan pepper to the boiling meat broth. It is known to leave a burning and spicy sensation on the tongue.

Ru Ji M (Chinese Hamburger)

Rou Jia Mo is a Chinese version of the American hamburger, except the buns are thinner and flavored with meat gravy and chili paste rather than ketchup and mustard. The meat is shredded rather than a large, circular patty. Each vendor sells rou jia mo with his or her own special filling of spiced mix. The two most common types are Shaanxi Provinces lazhirous jiamo, which is made with pork in gravy, and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regions yangrou roujiamo, which is made with lamb.

Donkey Meat Sandwich

According to historical records, donkey meat has been a Chinese delicacy since the Ming Dynasty. Back then, it was eaten for military mens survival. Today it is an easily accessible, popular, common street food that is simple to carry on the go, particularly in Baoding. The donkey meat is first shredded and then stewed with a mix of various spices and sauces. This results in a juicy, savory batch of meat that is placed in between two sandwich buns.

Chuanr (Chinese Kebabs)

Chuanr, also known as kebabs, are pieces of meat skewered onto thinly cut bamboo sticks. Any kinds of meat or even vegetables are used. The way street vendors prepare them is to coat the meat with salt, dried chili flakes, as well as ground cumin spice, and then mix all three ingredients together before barbecuing the marinated meat over charcoal fires until they are well cooked. Chuanr are common throughout China, but they are mostly eaten at outdoor night stalls called dapaidang during the summer.

Bng Tnghlu (Candied Hawthorns)

Bing Tanghulus are Chinese hawthorns covered with a hardened coat of sugar syrup and skewered onto long thin sticks. They taste both sour and sweet similarly to mini candy apples, but more sour, astringent and granular. Though tanghula come with other fruits such as strawberries or apples, the most common and popular version, which is found in central Beijing, is stuffed with haws. The exterior is crunchy and sweet while the interior is soft, sweet and sour due to the fruit.

Cng Yu Bng  (Fried Scallion Pancakes)

Cong you bing, more well known as scallion pancakes, are thin flatbreads layered with spiced scallion and deep-fried with oil. They are essentially the Chinese version of Western pancakes, but made with dough rather than batter. Just as pancakes are an essential part of breakfast in America or European countries, cong you bing is a regular breakfast item found as a common meal along Chinas streets. Though greasy, they are known for their flavorful and juicy initial taste as well as aftertaste.

Source: culture trip

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