The fun and charm of trying out street food is that it is tasty, cheap, easily available, super quick and gives you the closest experience of sampling the region’s traditional food culture with its unique and authentic flavours.
Chinese street food is one of the most popular in the world. It is not just quick to prepare, it is also light, flavour-packed, easily digested and quite healthy. The freshly prepared dishes usually have rice or noodles as the base, mixed with vegetables and a choice of meat that is optional.
The amount of variety that you will find in Chinese street food is quite frankly hard to beat. And it is quite exciting to see how expertly the stall owner prepares your meal fresh and piping hot right in front of you in no time.
These are some of the most amazing Chinese street foods that you must try at least once in your life.
Jianbing is the local name for Chinese crepes. These crepes are another commonly found and super delicious Chinese street food sold almost at all busy public places that you must try. Jianbing is usually had by the locals for breakfast. The base for the crepe is a batter made of wheat and mung bean flour. This batter is quickly spread out thinly on a hot griddle like a dosa. An egg is added and spread on which may remind you of a kathi roll or mughlai paratha preparation. Then come the various fillings such as lettuce, onions and finally a generous brushing of sauces – red chilli oil and rice wine. The jianbing is ready to be folded and served to you as a little parcel. Street food done right!
Something that you will find being made and served at every street corner across the length and breadth of China is a Chinese comfort food that we are all familiar with. This is a bowl of fried rice that has been tossed with scrambled egg, spring onions, mixed vegetables and bean curd which is made from soya beans. You can ask for your choice of meat like chicken or pork to be added if you wish. Either ways you simply cannot go wrong with trying out this famous and delicious Chinese street food.
Jiaozi or the traditional crescent-shaped dumplings are the most widely eaten Chinese street food along with all the rice based preparations.
These dumplings are usually steamed or they can be boiled, shallow fried or deep fried. The translucent thin dough is mostly filled with minced meat, pork and finely chopped cabbage. Jiaozi is best enjoyed by lightly dipping it in a dark soy sauce or chilli sauce or else garlic infused vinegar as the locals do, which releases all the wonderful flavours.
Jiaozi dumplings are a delightful Chinese street food that can be eaten as a quick snack around the year, anywhere in China. However this dish assumes a special significance during Chinese Spring Festivals and Chinese New Year.
Hotpot is a hot and spicy Chinese street food that originated from the Sichuan province. It is now found in many parts of China where it has evolved and been adapted to regional tastes. Eating this fiery preparation is an interesting experience. First a pot of steaming hot broth in your choice of flavour is placed before you. This broth is the most important part of a good hotpot. The flavours of the broth could be tomato, mushroom, original or spicy. It is accompanied by an array of finely sliced ingredients such as shrimp, chicken, tofu, mushrooms, vegetables, spring onions, greens and wontons to name a few.
To eat hotpot, dunk your choice of ingredients into the bubbling spicy hot broth to let the thinly sliced portions cook instantly. Then just flavour it with your choice of sauces – BBQ sauce, peanut butter sauce, vinegar, with sesame paste, chopped garlic and onions and spicy oils. You simply cannot afford to skip having hotpot from a local vendor when in China.
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