I'm biased - 4 Chinese dishes I simply like
I'm gonna be openly biased with this, yo.
China is a vast country with over 5,000 years’ of civilization. It covers 3.6 million square miles. Its culture has deep and ancient roots and the same can be said about its culinary tradition. The list of Chinese dishes is infinitely long and, this being an extremely large country, it includes all sorts of things coming from its provinces.
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Any list about Chinese food is always going to look incomplete, there’s so much to talk about that it is almost impossible to put everything in. I grew up in a town which includes the third largest Chinese community in Europe, which make up around 40 % of entire town population, and that means I often eat Chinese food cooked by Chinese chefs. So what I thought I’d do, don’t hold it against me, is list 4 Chinese dishes I simply like.
Tangyou baba - Hunan cuisine
Tangyou baba is basically sticky rice cake with syrup, a traditional recipe of the Hunan cuisine, which is known for its use of spices and oil. This dish originated in Changsha, the capital of the Hunan province. It is relatively easy to make as the only ingredients required are rice flour and sugar.
The end result is a sticky, super tasty rice cake which is very sweet and sort of greasy. This is exactly the sort of food you know you shouldn’t eat... but you still do.
Dandan Noodles - Sichuan cuisine
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This is basically street food, the name Dandan is actually Chinese for “shoulder pole”, which is what local vendors use to carry the noodles. They’re made from wheat and garnished with sprouts, cabbage, meat, soy sauce, peas, garlic, green onions and a delicious (and ultra-spicy) combination of peppers and pepper oil.
It comes from Sichuan, a province you probably heard of because they constantly use the name in Hollywood movies. Sichuan is one of the main traditional types of Chinese cuisine
Siu Mei - Cantonese cuisine
This is basically roasted meat, just not as I’d expect it. Siu Mei usually includes roast pork, roast duck, which is my favourite and chicken. The skin is crispy and the meat is sweet.
You’ve probably heard of Sichuan, but you’ve definitely heard of Cantonese. Cantonese dishes are by far and away the most exported Chinese dishes of them all. Cantonese cuisine originated in the Guangdong Province, which also includes Guangzhou and Chaozhou.
Tsingtao beer - Shandong province
Well, ok, Tsingtao isn't exactly a dish, it's a just a beer. The fact of the matter is that whenever any local dish or product breaks through national borders and finds its way across the globe, it usually means said product or dish is simply very good. Tsingtao Beer is arguably one of the most popular Chinese beers outside of China and it's made by Tsingtao Brewery in Qingdao, in the Shandong province in East China.
Even though they make a lot of different beers, Tsingtao Beer is by far and away their most popular and it's also their flagship product. It's a hoppy, pale lager with 4.7 % abv. I guess people in the know would use the term "very drinkable", I'm just gonna say I like it a lot.