“ni chi fan le ma”? – What’s your answer to this?
If you are in China, you will get to hear this greeting from your Chinese friends daily. But do you know what it means? It translates “Did you eat”?
A country whose traditional greetings revolve around food, you can’t even visualise how extraordinarily scrumptious their food will be.
Check out 7 top authentic Chinese dishes that every food lover must try once in their life. Scroll down to food delights.
1. Chow Mein
Noodles’ production began 4000 years ago in China and it happened to be the staple dish of Asia, not Italy as many believe. So, now you know, how
Chinese dishes this CHOW MEIN is which means “stir-fried noodles”.
Ingredients of traditional Chow Mein are:
- Noodles (duh),
- Meat of your choice, chicken, beef, pork, shrimp (or cats and rats, in case you want to get a taste of REAL Chinese cuisine),
- Celery and
P.S. it tastes awesome
Dumplings are not just a traditional Chinese food, it has a long history. It’s a must-have food on Chinese New Year (no cakes but mouth-watering dough balls). The whole family has to get together to prepare dumplings on the New Year’s Eve – such a tasty way to have some quality family time.
Dumplings are made by wrapping fillings in thin dough skin. You can fry them, boil or steam them as per taste. Popular fillings for dumplings are:
- Minced meat and vegetables
- Mince pork
- Ground chicken and vegetables
- Diced shrimp
- Beef and vegetables
This delicious food is said to be healthy and nutritionally balanced. It offers a substantial amount of carbs, fats, and proteins to give your new year a healthy start.
Wontons are the traditional food – another variant of dumplings – which the Chinese dishes love to have during Winter Solstice. Their way of celebrating longer days and increased positivity.
The shape of typical wontons resembles tortellini – a right triangle.
Servings of the wontons vary with the region; commonly they are boiled and served in soup. But they are also deep-fried or pan-fried according to the taste.
When it comes to filling, the most common is diced shrimp or minced pork. Its good nutritional value and low-fat content is ideal for you if maintaining your weight is essential.
4. Hot and Sour Soup
Well, these Chinese dishes don’t need an introduction. A staple in the winter menu, this is chiefly a Chinese soup that is widely adopted by different cultures and has several regional variants. The main ingredient of this spicy soup is chicken or pork broth.
Other ingredients of a classic Chinese hot and sour soup are:
- Day lily buds
- Wood ear fungus
- Bamboo shoots
- Pieces of pork
- Red or white peppers
- Vinegar and
- Pork blood for added flavour (Ouch, I think we are better off with our variant of this soup)
5. Kung Pao Chicken
Sichuan-style specialty, Kung Pao Chicken is equally relished by foreigners as it’s by Chinese. It offers a mouth-watering combination of taste and spice.
Ingredients of this spicy and stir-fried Chinese dish are:
- Diced chicken
- Chili peppers
- Vegetables (basically its only Leek, but we guess it would be more delicious to try other vegetables).
Its nutrition value is moderately balanced and being low in cholesterol, it is said to be good for one’s health.
6. Sweet and Sour Pork
Traditional Chinese food is known for creating a balance between aroma, appearance, and flavour and this dish has them all. This bright orange-red coloured dish is deliciously sweet with a hint of sourness.
Initially, pork alone, used to be the key ingredient of this sour-sweet dish, but like other things, the dish also evolved. And now you can have chicken or beef instead of just pork.
For added flavor, you can include celery, onion and green bell pepper.
7. Ma Po Tofu
One of the most famous dishes of Chuan Cuisine, “Ma Po tofu” has a history of more than 100 years. This dish is usually very spicy.
This tasty delicacy got its taste from the ingredients:
- Fresh tofu
- Minced beef or pork
- Green onions
- Fermented broadbean and chili paste
- Fermented black beans
- Chilli flakes
- Chilli oils
- Green onion