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Eating in China Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Culture, Vocabulary

Eating in China is one big adventure. In this massive country with so many regional cuisines, there’s always something new to try. It’s said that people in China eat everything with four legs except the table and everything that flies except airplanes. From chicken feet to rabbit’s heads, no parts of the animal go wasted in China. If you’re not that adventurous, never fear – there’s plenty of awesome food and drink out there for you as well. Here are some of our best posts about eating in China to give you a small taste.

A Common Chinese Menu

The always tasty Kung Pao Chicken.

What does a typical menu in China look like? Get all the details in this delicious post that will leave your mouth watering. It will also prepare you to order off of that menu that’s only in Chinese characters!

All About Dumplings

A tasty plate of dumplings.

It’s no secret that I love dumplings. I even wrote a love letter to them a while back. Learn the vocabulary for the different styles, fillings, and condiments, get a great recipe, and more in this awesome post.

An Intro to Sichuan Cuisine

Mapo tofu – a Sichuan classic.

While there are all sorts of great regional cuisines in China, perhaps none is more famous than the food out of Sichuan province. Often labeled as “Szechuan” in Chinese restaurants in the west, this style of cuisine is famous for its numb and spicy flavors. Learn all about it in this post.

The Imperial Bird – Beijing Roast Duck

The Imperial Bird – roast duck.

When it comes to the most famous dishes in China, Beijing roast duck is definitely high atop the list. In this post, you’ll learn all about how to prepare, cook, and most importantly, how to eat the Imperial bird.

The Delicious Food of Lanzhou

Eating Lanzhou Food

Mmmm… Lanzhou food.

One of the most ubiquitous types of restaurants you’ll see across China is Lanzhou Pulled Noodles. There’s so much more to the food of Lanzhou than noodles, though. Read this post and take a closer look at my personal favorite type of Chinese food.

Chinese Street Food

Street food in China.

Street food – something to love about China.

Restaurants are great and all, but a huge part of the culinary experience in China takes place in the street. Pull up a plastic stool, crack a Yanjing beer, and dig in to some of China’s best street food in this post. You can also check out this short video to get a better idea of what it’s like eating in the street in China.

Being a Vegetarian in China

A classic Chinese veggie dish.

It’s a common misconception that it’s impossible to be a vegetarian in China. There are actually tons of great Chinese dishes that are free of meat. Learn about several of them and how to order in this post.

10 Different Types of Chinese Noodles

Mmmm… look at that!

China is home to so many different types of noodles it will make your head spin. Each province seems to have its own special variety, such as the famous “Crossing the Bridge Rice Noodles” from Yunnan. Learn all about these and several other styles in this post.

Western Food Vocabulary

Mmmm… burgers.

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love Chinese food. That being said, sometimes you just need to dig in to something familiar. Learn how to order your comfort food in Chinese by studying this post with vocabulary for Western food.

Chinglish Menu – Part One and Part Two

Spicy temptation of frog.

Lots of Chinese dishes have very unique names that are hard to translate. When restaurants attempt to put together an English menu, the result is often hilarious Chinglish. You might just find yourself ROFL after looking at all the pictures in these posts.



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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.

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