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Top 5 Unique Chinese Foods in China

 2014-12-09    sryang86    Food    China    1935  

Chinese cusine has a long history and varies greatly between different regions of China. Chinese cuisine can be divided into 8 Classic Cuisines each known for its unique flavors and culinary skills. China Tour Advisors has put to together Top 5 Unique Chinese Foods that should be tasted during your travels in China. 

No. 1: Beggar’s Chicken (叫花鸡) 


Beggar’s chicken is part of the famous Jiangzhe cuisine and orginates from Changshu in Jiangsu Province. This tasty dish dates back to the Qing Dynasty and has a famous dish gained its name from folklore. The story involves a beggar who steals a chicken and has no stove to cook the chicken. He then decides to cook the chicken by covering the chicken in mud and baking it in a fire. The delicious aroma from the chicken attracted a noble passing by who liked the chicken so much he had the dish served at Imperial Court.

Today the dish is prepared much more hygienically with the chicken being wrapped in layers of lotus leaves and is then covered with a layer of dough instead of mud before baking. The dish is famous for its succulent flavors and tender chicken meat.

If you are planning a Hangzhou Tour, Beggar’s Chicken is a highly recommended dish when visiting.
One of the best places to taste Beggar’s Chicken in Hangzhou is Louwailou Restaurant (楼外楼), where it costs 168RMB. Taking one of our Hangzhou 4 Days Tour will enable you to enjoy the attractions and to taste various types of food in Hangzhou. 


No. 2 Bamboo Tube Steamed Rice (竹筒饭) 


The fragrant steamed bamboo rice is a well known dish in Xishuangbanna of Yunnan Province and is a staple food for the Dai ethnic minority. The bamboo tube is usually filled with glutinous rice which is sticky in texture. To give the rice more flavor dried meats and vegetable are also added and once the bamboo tube is filled it is then placed on firewood to cook. To taste the delicious food of the ethnic minorities you can take one of our Yunnan Tours to experience the local cuisine and culture. 

No 3. Ro Jia Mo (肉夹馍) 


Ro Jia Mo is a famous street snack which can be found throughout Xi’an Tours. Ro Jia Mo is basically a meat sandwich and is often referred to as the “Chinese Hamburger”. The reason for the popularity of the Ro Jia Mo is the seasoned meat. In Xi’an beef is cooked in a soup with 20 different seasoning and is left to stew for hours making the Ro Jia Mo full of meat juices and flavor. The best place to taste the most genuine Ro Jia Mo is at Xi’an Fan’s Pot Stewed Pork (樊记腊汁肉夹馍) and costs only 12RMB for one.


No 4. Stinky Tofu  (臭豆腐)

Stinky Tofu is a famous street snack of Changsha, you can smell the tofu even before you see the street snack stands. The tofu is fermented for months with the use of brine and fermented vegetables and is then deep fried in oil. Despite its pungent smell the stinky tofu is still an all time favorite snack among Changsha locals. The best Stinky Tofu is served at the famous Fire Palace in Changsha. Our Changsha Essence 3 Days Tour will enable you to enjoy the Stinky Tofu and Xiang Cuisine in Changsha.


No 5. Xiang Cuisine (湘菜) 


Taking the Zhangjiajie Essence One Day Tour will enable youto taste various types of food in Zhangjiajie. Taking a tour to the wonderful Zhangjiajie is one of the best opportunities to taste the spicy Xiang Cuisine of Hunan Province. Xiang Cuisine is one of the 8 classic cuisines of China is known for the use of fresh chilies, dried chilies and garlic for flavor. Cured and smoked meats are often used along with fresh vegetables which are fried, stewed, braised or roasted.

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