A traditional way to greet someone in China is to ask “Have you eaten yet?” (ni chile ma). I think we could learn a thing or two from this!
China has the most popular cuisine in the world. And it’s no surprise. Dating back over 1000 years, Chinese cooking employs a variety of techniques, styles, and ingredients. Sweet-and-spicy sauces, intensely flavoured meats, fresh vegetables and steamy dim sum are all things that come to mind when I think of Chinese cooking.
Ordering Chinese food can be daunting, with pages after pages of options on most menus. We’ve taken the pressure off and picked out our favourite must try Chinese dishes.
A versatile dish, wontons can come in a variety of forms. Seasoned minced pork or diced shrimp is wrapped in a thin parcel of dough before either being boiled or deep fried. Boiled wontons are excellent with a warm broth, with deep fried being best served up with a pot of sweet and sour sauce.
Peking duck is one of the most popular and iconic Chinese dishes. Originally from Beijing, Peking duck doesn’t just taste great, it’s fun to eat. Crispy pieces of aromatic duck, garnished with spring onions and cucumber, smothered in sweet, sticky sauce all wrapped up in a paper thin pancake.
Sweet & Sour Pork or Chicken
The quintessential Chinese dish for many of us. Pork was the original meat – chicken was introduced to satisfy western tastes. Bite sized pieces of pork or chicken are fried with a corn starch coating to crisp up before being tossed in a sweet, tangy sauce. Don’t forget to order rice to soak up all the excess!
Make no doubt about it, spring rolls are an essential side dish for any Chinese feast. Choose from a crunchy vegetable or seasoned meat/fish filling, wrapped up tightly and fried to golden brown perfection. Kick it up a notch by having a sweet chilli dipping sauce.