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Top 5 Chinese street foods tempt your taste buds!

Eating street food is one of the best ways to get an authentic feel of China. Here are the top 5 Chinese street foods favoured by expats in China. Don't be disappointed if you don't find yours in the list. Please share your favorite street foods in the comment section below. 

融入中国文化最好的方式就是品尝街边小吃(top 5 Chinese street foods)。如果你喜欢的小吃没有上榜,不要觉得失落。欢迎来分享你最喜爱的街边小吃。

1. Chinese crepe 煎饼 (jiān bǐng)

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Jianbing is a street food that is quite like a French crepe. People often enjoy  it for breakfast, making it first choice for breakfast on the streets breakfast of China. 


The main ingredients include: wheat meal paste, whole wheat flour, egg and sauces. Foodies can add crispy fried cracker, diced mustard pickles, scallions, coriander, chili sauce or hoisin sauce and make them into folds. 


2. Meat burger 肉夹馍 (ròu jiá mó)

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Roujiamo is a meat burger/sandwich snack that is similar to a kebab in appearance, which originates from Shanxi province and has gone viral nationwide. The major filling is pork braised in soup consisting of 20 spices and condiments for a few hours. 

肉夹馍的意思是肉类汉堡(meat burger)或肉类三明治(meat sandwich),是一种起源于陕西,而后席卷全中国的街边小吃。里面的肉大多是猪肉,用一种含20多种香料和调味料的汤汁炖数小时而成。

The filling can vary, for example, beef is commonly used in Muslim districts in Xi'an, while lamb is preferred in Gansu.


3. Cold noodles 凉皮 (liáng pí) 

chinese food, popular street food in china

The literal meaning of Liangpi is cold skin, while it's actually irrelevant to animal production. Julia Ruskin from the New York Times ever described liangpi as "a dish of cold noodles in a sauce that hits every possible flavor category, sweet, tangy, savory, herbal, nutty and dozens of others"


4. Smelly tofu 臭豆腐 (chòu dòu fu)

chinese food, popular street food in china

Smelly tofu is a fermented tofu dish that has a strong pungent aroma. But it's so magical that it smells nice when being eaten. Just walk around night markets or roadside stands and give it a try! It tastes better than it smells. 


5. Hot spicy dip 麻辣烫 (má là tàng)

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Malatang is another popular street food. It derived from Sichuan, it varies greatly and has become quite popular in Beijing. Sichuan malatang is similar to hot pot where various meats and vegetables are served in a spicy soup.


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