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We’ve already had three full meals of real Chinese food over the past few months – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you thought we were finished there, think again – there’s always room for more food in China! Anyone who’s ever been on a bus or a train in China knows just how popular snacks (小吃 – xiǎo chī) are across the country. Even for a short journey of a couple hours, people bring along a bag of snacks fit for the week-long trip on the Trans-Siberian train. Heading to the park or on a hike? Of course you need to load up on snacks! As my wife once mentioned to me, “It’s amazing there aren’t more overweight Chinese people – they’re literally always eating!” Obviously, there are different types of snacks depending on which region you’re in, but there are some that are quite popular all over the country. To aide you in snacking your way across China, here are 20 common snack foods, along with a few photos to make your mouth water:
Now that you’ve got all that vocabulary, try answering these questions in Chinese: