Travel to China, not only are the scenic spots and ancient civilization fascinating, but so too is Chinese food and drink. Like music, dance, calligraphy and painting, eating is also an art in China and Chinese cuisine is listed as one of the top in the field of world cuisines.
There are altogether eight dish systems in China. An excellent Chinese meal should simultaneously gratify sight, smell, touch, taste, and even sound.
1. Sichuan Dishes: the flavor is mainly sour, tingling, spicy and piquant.
Sliced Cold Chicken
Twice Cooked Pork
Shredded Pork and Hot Sauce
Spicy Hot Bean Curd
Fish Flavored Eggplant
Couple’s Beef Fillet
hui guo rou
2. Shandong Dishes: characterized by its emphasis on aroma, freshness, crispness and tenderness; the flavor is mainly light, fresh and tender
Trumpet Shell Braised In Soy Sauce
Sweet And Sour Carp
Dezhou Stewed Chicken
3. Guangdong Dishes: best known for cooking snakes, racoon, dogs, and monkeys; the flavor is mainly light, crisp, tasty and fresh
Shark’s Fin Soup
Steamed Sea Bass
Iron Plate Beef
Sweet and Sour Pork
4.Anhui Dishes: its features stress oil, sauce, color, and heat
Huangshan Braised Pigeon
Hot Diced Pork
Wuwei Smoked Duck
5.Hunan Dishes: stresses tasty ingredients and its flavors highlight hot and sour
Peppery and Hot Chick
Lotus Seedpods With Crystal Sugar dong’an ziji
6. Jiangsu Dishes: the flavors are moderate, palatably sweet and salty; full of nutrition
Stewed Crab with Clear Soup
Long-boiled and Dry-shredded Meat
Jinling Salted Dried Duck qingzheng xie
qingdun xiefen shizitou
jinling yanshui ya
7. Zhejiang Dishes: the flavor is light and fresh, tender and elaborate
Sour West Lake Fish
Longjing Shelled Shrimp
Beggar’s Chicken xihu cuyu
8. Fujian Dishes: characterized by pleasant color, light and fresh flavor; the flavor is light, sweet and sour
Buddha Jumping Over the Wall
Prawn with Dragon’s Body and Phoenix’s tail fo tiaoqiang
9.Shanghai dishes and Beijing dishes are also highly recommended. They are so delicious that even their aroma could make you lick your lips. If you are only visiting Beijing or Shanghai, do not forget to taste some local dishes.
Beijing dishes have combined many of the advantages of other dish systems to become epicures’ focus because of its own elegance, fresh flavor, and magnificence.
Typical Beijing dishes:
Beijing Roast Duck Beijing
Instant-Boiled Mutton Mongolian Hot Pot
Braised Shark’s Fin
Sauteed Chicken With Green Peppers
Sweet Cake With Dates kaoya
Different from the magnificence shown in the Beijing dishes, Shanghai dishes stress natural beauty and pursue simplicity and elegance. Shanghai dishes are the youngest in Chinese dish systems with a mere 400-year history. In addition to its dishes, Shanghai snacks, such as Zongzi, Tangyuan (a kind of dumpling made with sticky rice), and cat ears (a kind of cookie) are also well known.
Typical Shanghai dishes:
Sour and Hot Soup with Eel and Chicken
Black Sea Cucumber with Shrimp Roe
Duck with Prawn Rounds
Shrimps of Two Colors
Boiled Crucian Carp with Clam
Steamed Beef in Rice Flour longfeng suanla tang
ruyi ya juan xian
geli cuan jiyu
yuanlong fenzheng niurou
Also, you should taste Court Food, which has its origins in the Imperial Palace and is based on foods served to the Emperor and his Court, and vegetarian food. Both have their own unique flavors and good nutritional values.
Various nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks are available in China. Tea, as the most popular drink in China, is also welcomed by foreigners.
*Tea *Beer *Coffee *Whiskey *Mineral Water *Vodka *Milk *Grape Wine
*Fruit Juice *Rice Wine *Coca-cola *Champagne *Soda *Yellow Wine * Yoghurt