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10 Chinese Foods that You Must Try Third Edition

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

Cha Siu Bao


These are steamed meat buns with a meat filling.

The meat buns are soft and fluffy.

These are made out of yeast, flour, cornstarch, sugar and baking powder.

The meat filling is made out of shallots, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, chicken stock, flour and roast pork.

Cha siu bao is a quick and filling snack.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp


This crispy tasty shrimp is very simple to make and requires very few ingredients.

For the protein, you can choose to use unpeeled shrimp or peeled and deveined shrimp.

What gives the shrimp flavor is salt, peppercorns, garlic, scallions, hot green peppers and hot red peppers.

The starch is used to coat the shrimp and give it its crunch.

You can add lime to add some zest to this dish.

Lanzhou Beef Noodle


There is nothing more satisfying than a bowl of hot soup with noodles especially during cold weather or a rainy day.

This particular dowl of beef noodles is infused with the flavor of star anise, cinnamon, garlic, bay leaves, giner, fennel, cumin, Sichuan

peppercorns, white peppercorns, dried orange peel, Chinese radish, scallions, cilantro, red chili oil and black cardamom.

The broth is nothing short of amazing because of the combination of spices plus the right amount of heat.

The beef and noodles help make this a filling meal.

Soy Sauce Chicken / See Yao Gai


Soy sauce chicken is traditional Cantonese fare where cuts of chicken are braised in a mixture of soy sauce and spices.

The soy sauce based mixture is comprised of soy sauce, Shaoxing rice wine, brown sugar, cornstarch, scallions, ginger, star anise and bay leaves.

It is advised you use chicken cutlets such as thighs, wings, drumsticks or breasts to make the cooking process easier as the flavoring mixture can easily permeate through the chicken cutlets.

Soy chicken is usually served alongside rice or noodles.

Chicken and Corn Soup


Chicken and Corn Soup is a thick egg drop soup that has bits of chicken and scallions.

The flavor of the soup comes from the corn, chicken stock and soy sauce.

The cornstarch and eggs are there to help thicken the soup.

This is a Chinese take on the classic chicken soup.

Chicken and corn soup is likewise nice to sip whenever you have a cold or illness.



Shumai is a type of Chinese dimsum where meat and vegetables are wrapped in a thin flour wrapper and then steamed.

The meat can be ground beef or ground chicken but the most popular is ground pork.

The pork is mixed with shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, sesame oil, water chestnuts, ginger, scallions, salt, sugar, oyster sauce, white pepper

and diced carrots to create this delicious dimsum.

You can then dunk these tasty treats in soy sauce or chili oil.

Shumai is easy to find as you can buy it anywhere from food kiosks to high end Chinese restaurants.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice


There is an ongoing debate which country Hainanese Chicken Rice truly came from. Was it Malaysia or was it Singapore?

Nevertheless, the dish has become one of the most important foods in both countries.

Hainanese chicken rice is comprised of poached chicken and seasoned rice.

It is often garnished with cucumber and served with chilli sauce on the side.

The dish got its name from Hainan - a province in Southern China.

It is said that immigrants from this province are responsible for the dish.

What gives the chicken its flavor is ginger, onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and cilantro.

The rice is flavored by chicken fat, onions, ginger and chicken broth.

Shrimp Chips


Shrimp chips are usually served as an appetizer or as a side with dishes such as fried duck.

It is made from tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, salt, pepper, fish sauce, sugar, onion, garlic and shrimp.

The chips are fried in oil and they expand and become fluffy.



Mantou is a Chinese snack / breakfast made from flour, yeast. sugar and salt.

There are two kinds of plain mantou, the gold (fried) and silver (steamed).

Condensed milk is then used as dipping sauce.

Mantou is a soft and fluffy treat.

If in case you are not confident about your mantou-making skills, you can find frozen ready made mantou in the freezer aisle.

Nian Gao


Nian Gao made out of glutinous rice and sugar. The sugar can either be white or brown and will affect the color of the final product.

The nian gao is cut into slabs and dipped in egg wash and then fried.

The result is a golden brown sweet treat that is perfect for welcoming the New Year in the Lunar Calendar.

© 2021 Jan Michael Ong


Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 18, 2021:

The Taste Show is a good You Tube channel for Chinese cooking. Hope you can try watching it.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 18, 2021:

Yes, I can but I prefer cooking Chinese and other Asian food myself if I can’t go to a restaurant this time of pandemic.

Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 17, 2021:

Hi Thelma I hope you can order via home delivery.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 17, 2021:

I am getting hungry reading this hub. Delicious photos. I have tried some of these Chinese food like Siomai and Bao. I miss going to a Chinese restaurant as it is still lockdown here. Thanks for reminding me these yummy food.

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