Sweet and Sour Pork
So here is one you’ll mildly recognize. But no matter how good your favorite Chinese restaurant is, this dish is so much better in China. For starters, in the states, it is often fried in a doughy batter that hinders the taste. In China, the pork is lightly fried very rapidly at high heat, then dressed with the sauce. If this is the dish you most often order, try it in China and you will wish you’d had it this way sooner.
Ma Po Tofu
Ma Po tofu is one of the most famous dishes in Chuan Cuisine with a history of more than 100 years. "Ma" describes a spicy and hot taste which comes from pepper powder, one kind of condiment usually used in Chuan Cuisine. The milky tofu is enriched with brownish red ground beef and chopped green onion. It is really a tasty delicacy.
Peking Roast Duck is a renowned Beijing dish with a worldwide reputation. The high-quality duck meat, roasted using wood charcoal, looks reddish, with crisp skin and tender meat, and is known as “one of heaven’s delicacies”.
A close dish to the wonton, Chinese dumplings enjoy a history spanning nearly 2000 years. Apart from being made famous by dumpling lover, Kung Fu Panda, dumplings truly are one of the most popular Chinese dishes and rightly deserve a spot among the top. Popular fillings are mince pork, diced shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, or frying. Dumplings are a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Hot pot is definitely the dish you’ve got to try in China. Hot pot is a stew of meat and vegetables cooked in a simmering pot of soup stock. It can be roughly divided into two types: spicy and not spicy, but there are also hundreds of different flavors. Almost all the ingredients you can think of can be cooked in a hot pot, making it one of the most comprehensive dish in the world.
Traditionally a Chinese food common to China's Southern provinces, spring rolls consist of sheets of dough and assorted fillings, including pork paste, peanuts, sugar, jujube paste, and sweetened bean paste to list but a few. Shallow fried until gold and crispy. The spring roll is a staple, containing a rich variety of nutritional fats, proteins, and carbohydrates with both locals and tourists adoring this dish.
Since the Tang Dynasty (618–907), it has been a custom for people to eat wontons on the winter solstice. The most versatile shape of wonton is simple a right triangle, similar to Italian tortellini. Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried. The filling of wontons can be minced pork or diced shrimp.