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10 Chinese Foods that You Must Try First Edition

Chinese food has developed through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

Crab and Corn Soup

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This is a savory thick soup that combines the sweetness of the corn with the ocean-fresh flavor of the crab.

The soup is thickened by corn starch and by the dropped egg.

It is flavored by chicken stock, onion, salt, pepper and either leeks or scallions.

The crab and be natural crab or crab sticks.

Corn can either be canned on fresh.

Kung Pao Chicken

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Kung pao chicken is a popular stir fried dish that is sweet, sour and savory.

Its is a very popular item at Chinese take-outs.

The flavor of the chicken is enhanced by shaoxing wine / Chinese coooking wine, soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, hoisin sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, red and green bellpeppers, peppercorns, chillies, peanuts, sesame oil and scallions.

The sesame oil and the bell peppers also add a nice aroma to the dish.

Kung pao chicken is best served with rice.

Century Eggs

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These are eggs (usually duck, chicken or quail) that are preserved using a mixture of ash, clay, rice hulls and quicklime.

The hydrogen sulfide and ammonia alter the egg and make the egg white into a gelatin-like substance and the yolk becomes dark green to grey.

The eggs can be eaten as is or added to dishes such as congee or roast meat platters.

While at first it may be strange to be eating a black egg, once you get used to it, it isn't a big deal.

Peking Duck

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Peking duck is a roasted duck coming from Beijing (Peking) which is characterized with a golden brown crispy skin.

The duck is marinated in a mixture of salt, pepper, honey, five-spice powder, soy sauce and sugar.

It was traditionally cooked in a closed oven which is made of brick.

The oven has metal griddles and cooks the duck through convection.

The method used nowadays is the open oven method which can roast 20 ducks at a time.

There is an open oven which is fueled by firewood and the ducks are hanging on hooks above the fire for 30-40 minutes.

The roasted duck is served with a sauce made out of cornstarch, hoisin sauce, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce.

The thinly sliced duck meat can then be eaten with Chinese pancakes with scallions and cucumber.

Sweet and Sour Pork

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Sweet and sour pork is a Chinese stir-fry dish with crispy fried battered bite size pieces of pork tenderloin with pineapples, onions and bell peppers in a sweet and tangy sauce.

Choice pieces of pork tenderloin are coated in a batter made from flour, cornstarch, eggs, pepper and salt.

The battered pieces are then deep fried until golden brown.

These beautiful pieces of pork are then stir fried with pineapples, onions and bell peppers with a sauce made from tomato sauce, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce and cornstarch.

Sweet and sour pork is great with rice.

It is also a popular item available in every Chinese restaurant.

Jian Dui / Buchi

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This is a popular Chinese desert which consists of fried glutinous rice balls coated in sesame seeds and filled with red bean paste.

Their crisp exterior and chewy interior make them a delightful desert.

Their sweetness is a nice was to end a meal of mostly oily Chinese food.

If you want to experience buchi without the need to make it yourself, you can go to most Chinese restaurants or to Chowking, the Philippines' largest Chinese fast food chain.

Beef and Broccoli

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Beef with Broccoli is stir fried beef strips with fresh broccoli florets engulfed in a savory sauce.

The sauce is comprised of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, sherry, cornstarch, garlic and ginger.

This dish is popular at Chinese takeouts and is good with rice or noodles.

It is also very filling because of the beef and broccoli florets.

Salt and Pepper Squid

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This is starch coated squid which is fried until golden brown.

Its flavor is enhanced with red and green chilies, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.

This is a good appetizer for a full course meal or good paired with beer.

Almond Jelly with Fruit Cocktail

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This is a very good palate cleanser after eating a lot of oily Chinese food.

This desert is simply almond jelly cubes with fruit cocktail.

Agar gelatin is cooked and mixed with milk and almond extract.

These are then cut into small cubes and mixed with fruit cocktail.

Mooncakes

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A mooncake is served during festivals. The biggest of which is the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The crust is made out of flour and golden syrup.

The filling is usually lotus paste or red bean paste and salted duck egg yolks.

Mooncakes are popular as presents and these usually come in a metal box.

© 2021 Jan Michael Ong

Comments

Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 11, 2021:

Thank you Iqra. I'm part Chinese so this is part of my heritage. I also wrote articles on Japanese and Filipino food. I plan to do different kinds of food from all over the world.

Iqra from East County on May 11, 2021:

Yummm Jan Michael your Chinese foods sound delicious.

Thanks for sharing

Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 11, 2021:

Thank you. I also wrote articles on Japanese and Filipino food. I would be doing more articles and will do articles about food from Pakistan and India as well.

Amara from Pakistan on May 11, 2021:

its looking delicious..

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