Chinese Famous dishes
Niurou Dun Tudou 牛肉炖土豆
Stewed Beef and Potatoes
Though potatoes have only been in China since the Ming Dynasty, they’ve since become a staple all over the country, particularly in chilly northern areas like Dongbei from where this dish hails. Simmered for hours with soybean sauce, this dish shows a simpler side of Chinese cooking that is equally delicious.
Ou Jia 藕夹
Stuffed Lotus Root
Lotus root (ou, 藕) has many incarnations in the pantheon of Chinese cooking, but as is the case with most things, it’s particularly delicious when stuffed, battered, deep-fried and covered with red and green chilies.
Paigu Niangao 排骨年糕
Fried Pork Chop with Rice Cakes
The Chinese answer to chicken and waffles, paigu niangao is the thing to eat when in need of serious comfort food. The battered and crunchy fried pork chop contrasts with the chewiness of the niangao, and food coma is pretty much guaranteed.
Qingzheng Luyu 清蒸鲈鱼
Steamed Sea Bass with Scallions
No other dish represents the purity of Cantonese cooking better than qingzheng luyu, a popular banquet dish that sees a whole sea bass steamed with soy sauce, ginger and topped with scallions. It’s customary for the live fish to be presented before cooking so guests may be assured of its freshness.
Rou Jia Mo 肉夹馍
Chinese Lamb Burger
Hailing from Xi’an in Central China, roujia mou is as close as China gets to a hamburger. Served in hot-from-the-oven buns, and filled with roasted lamb meat, fresh cilantro and scallions, it might even be better than a cheeseburger.
Suan Tang Feiniu 酸汤肥牛
Sour Soup with Fatty Beef
‘Sour soup with fatty beef? How could that be delicious?’ we hear you ask. Oh ye of little faith. Served with piquant pickled vegetables, fresh chopped chilies and wafer thin slices of stewed beef; suantang feiniu is one of those dishes that sound odd but in practice are a magical combination.