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Chinese Lunch (中式午餐) Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Culture

What do Chinese people eat for lunch? I’ll give you a clue – it’s not General Tso’s chicken or egg rolls! Want to see what a real Chinese lunch looks like? You’ve come to the right place!

The real deal.

Check out some common lunch foods from across China in this short video, from Beijing, to Xi’an, to Wuhan, and all the way down to Yunnan province:

午餐 – wǔ cān


土豆丝 – tǔ dòu sī

shredded potatoes

拍黄瓜 – pāi huáng guā

cucumber salad

馄饨 – hún tún

wonton soup

饺子 – jiǎo zi


驴肉火烧 – lǘ ròu huǒ shāo

donkey meat sandwich

凉皮 – liáng pí

cold noodles

羊肉泡馍 – yáng ròu pào mó

lamb stew w/ unleavened bread

肉夹馍 – ròu jiā mó

“Chinese hamburger”

烤鱿鱼 – kǎo yóu yú

grilled squid

猪蹄 – zhū tí


热干面 – rè gān miàn

“hot dry noodles”

过桥米线 – guò qiáo mǐ xiàn

Over the Bridge Rice Noodles

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. sean Song:

    Ha, now you guys know how dangerous we Chinese are?
    We eat basically everything on this planet! i kinda miss the time I was in my hometown now. Toronto has a lot great chinese restaurants, but you could only find “路边摊” on the sidewalk of the busy street in China!

    • sasha:

      @sean Song Thanks for the comment, Sean! Chinese street food is the best. I miss it all the time, too!

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