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10 Chinese Foods that You Must Try Second Edition

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

Haw Flakes


These are not coins, arcade tokens or pepperoni pieces but a pinkish candy coming from the Chinese hawthorn.

This candy is a disc that is two millimeters thick and packaged in rolls.

The taste of Haw Flakes is sweet and tangy.

The flakes can also be used as ingredients for various cakes and pastries.

Chop Suey


Chop suey is a dish that is not only healthy, but is delicious and also appealing to the senses.

The look and smell of stir fried chicken and fresh colorful vegetables is a sight to behold!

The vegetables can consist of young corn, mushrooms, onions, carrots, mongo sprouts and snow peas.

The sauce comprised of a mixture of soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, white pepper and salt.

You can always substitute the proteins and vegetables to what is available or according to your own preference or dietary restrictions.

Egg Drop Soup


Egg drop soup are essentially wispy beaten eggs in a modified chicken broth.

While the chicken broth is the base, the flavor is enhanced by the flavor of soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and white pepper.

Cornstarch and the beaten eggs helps thicken the soup.

The soup is then topped with scallions for added flavor.

This soup is very high in protein and relatively low in carbohydrates.

General Tso’s Chicken


General Tso’s Chicken is not a traditional Chinese dish and was not invented by General Tso.

Zuo Zongtang (General Tso) was a military leader in the Qing dynasty, a dynasty lasted from 1644 until 1912.

He was instrumental in the Taiping Rebellion, a mid-19th century civil war that was waged in China.

So unfortunately General Tso was not the Chinese Colonel Sanders.

Credit for the popular chicken dish was given to Peng Chang-kuei, the former chef the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek.

What makes the dish special is the sauce / marinade which is made from chili, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, chicken stock and cornstarch.

This mixture is use to both marinade the chicken before coating it in cornflour and as the sauce in the finished product.

The chicken cutlets are fist marinated in the special sauce then coated in cornflour before frying them to a golden brown color.

It is then stir fried in the special sauce and topped with sesame seeds and scallions.

Canned Pork Leg with Mushrooms and Chestnut


This is a fully cooked pork dish which is comprised of pork trotter, chestnuts, mushrooms, brewed soy sauce, sugar, salt and monosodium glutamate.

Two popular brands are Gulong and Narcissus.

This dish can be eaten with rice or mixed with vegetables on vermicelli noodles.

White Rabbit Milk Candy


White Rabbit Milk Candy is one of the most iconic candy brands China has ever produced.

It consists of white sugar, butter, whole milk powder, liquid maltose, gelatin, and vanillin.

The candy itself is wrapped in edible rice paper.

Production of candy was started in 1943 by the ABC Candy Factory of Shanghai in order to compete with English milk candies.

The initial character in the candy was Mickey Mouse.

However, when the ABC Candy Factory was nationalized, they replaced the character with a rabbit instead.

The Guan Sheng Yuan (Group) Co., Ltd. was the recipient of the White Rabbit brand in 1997.

The popular candy has since made its way into such things as milk tea and ice cream.

Lo Mein

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Lo Mein literally means "tossed noodles" or "stirred noodles."

The noodles are added last with this dish and the vegetables, proteins and sauce are cooked first.

The special sauce is made from soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar.

The proteins can be beef, pork, chicken, shrimp or wonton (Chinese dumplings).

The vegetables can be broccoli, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, bok choy or mushrooms.

In order to make your lo mein more flavorful, you can add sesame oil, scallions and mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine).

Crispy Birthday Noodles


This dish is comprised of a nest of fried egg or flour noodles topped with sauce and stir fried meat, vegetables and seafood.

The special sauce is made out of oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar.

In order to thicken the sauce when stir-frying, you can add some cornstarch.

The proteins are pork, cuttlefish and shrimps.

The vegetables are snow peas, carrots, bok choy and Chinese cabbage.

You can add garlic, Shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine) and chicken stock to add more flavor to your stir-fry.

Hot and Sour Soup


Hot and sour soup combines the heat of white pepper and chili and the acidity of Zhenjiang vinegar.

The proteins are pork and tofu.

The vegetables are bamboo shoots, Chinese dried mushrooms, wood ear fungus and carrots.

Soy sauce, ginger, chicken stock, chili bean sauce, coriander, salt and sugar are added to the dish to further enhance the flavor.

The cornstarch is used as a thickener.

Yangzhou Fried Rice


Yangzhou fried rice is a type of egg fried rice which has a medley of ingredients that give it a balanced flavor.

It has char siu and shrimp as its protein and carrots and green peas as its vegetables.

The flavor of the fried rice is further enhanced by salt, white pepper, soy sauce and scallions.

The different colors and flavors of this dish is a delight to the senses.

Yangzhou fried rice can be a complete meal on its own or to compliment other Chinese dishes.

© 2021 Jan Michael Ong


Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 13, 2021:

Hi Lazy Dazy. You can try to pick up some ingredients from an Asian store or from the Asian section of Tesco or Asda. These are fairly easy to make an the recipes are available online.Or maybe just from a Chinese takeout.

Lady Dazy from UK on May 13, 2021:

You show some interesting dishes , now I feel hungry.

Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 12, 2021:

Thank you Marlene. In this list, Yangzhou fried rice, chop suey and egg drop soup are up there.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 12, 2021:

These are all fascinating! Some of them, I have never heard of, but they look like something I would try. My favorite dish of all time is Egg Drop Soup.

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