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10 Best Foodie Cities in China

China is a country with a vast territory and long history. In this beautiful land different kinds of cuisines are formed. Tasting these special local foods will be a fantastic experience for many travellers. And below is a list of the top 10 Chinese foodie cities you should consider.

1.台湾 Taiwan

Taiwan snacks, in a narrow sense, refer to a series of street food originating from Taiwan, such as Pearl Milk Tea(珍珠奶茶 zhēnzhū nǎichá). Broadly speaking, they should also include those commonly food which flourish and develop in Taiwan such as Pan-Fried Bun(生煎包 shēng jiānbāo, Oyster Omelet(蚵仔煎 kēzǎi jiān), Minced Pork Rice(卤肉饭 lǔròu fàn), Cheese Potatoes(起司马铃薯 qǐsī mǎlíngshǔ), Danzai Noodles(担仔面 dān zǎi miàn), Grilled Chicken(炭烤鸡排 tànkǎo jīpái) and Three-cup Chicken(三杯鸡 sānbēi jī).

2. 成都 Chengdu

Chengdu cuisine owns unique flavour with various kinds of snacks such as noodles, wonton, dumplings, cold dishes, fried snacks, roasted meat…… You can find more than 200 kinds of snacks with different flavours. You can always see snack food shops in all the streets and lanes of the Chengdu city.

3. 西安 Xi’an

Xi’an has lots of famous snacks, such as Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup(羊肉泡馍 yángròu pàomó), Chinese Hamburger(肉夹馍 ròu jiá mó), Cold Noddle with Sesame(凉皮 liángpí) etc. On the west side of the Drum Tower is the famous Huimin Food Street which runs 24 hours a day, the most well-known food there include Jia San Steamed Soup Bun, Mayongxin Huanggui Persimmon Pancake and other delicious ethnic snacks.

4. 重庆 Chongqing

Chongqing deserves the title of “Gourmet Paradise”, in every street you can find attractive snacks. Only for Hot Pot restaurant(火锅店 huǒguō diàn), Chongqing City has more than ten thousand ones. Just on the 9 sq km Yuzhong Peninsula there are as much as 3000 hot pot restaurants. Chongqing well deserves the reputation of “Hot Pot City”.

5. 香港 Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known as “Gourmet Paradise”, Distinctive dining areas are scattered in theKowloon and New Territories, providing excellent cuisines from Italy, Japan, Thailand, Korea, France, Mediterranean, Russia and other parts of the world.

6. 广州 Guangzhou

Guangzhou is well-known for its food culture; hence it gets the reputation of “Eating in Guangzhou.” Guangzhou cuisine has twenty-one kinds cooking methods and lays emphasis on colour, smell, taste and shape. The classic Guangzhou dishes include White Cut Chicken(白切鸡 bái qiē jī), Scalded Prawns(白灼海虾 báizhuó hǎixiā), Roast Suckling Pig, Snake Soup(蛇羹 shé gēng), Stewed Whole Shark’s Fin in Brown Sauce(红烧大群翅 hóngshāo dà qún chì) and Steamed Seafood(清蒸海鲜 qīngzhēng hǎixiān.

7. 武汉 Wuhan

Wuhan snacks are mainly eaten during breakfast. Wuhan people call breakfast “Guo Zao” in local dialect. The common food include Hot Dry Noodles(热干面 rè gàn miàn ),Salty Doughnut(面窝 miàn wō ), Fried Meat Dumplings (锅贴饺 guōtiē jiǎo) and so on.

8. 长沙 Changsha

Changsha is the best place to enjoy Hunan Cuisine, one of the major Chinese cuisines. Changsha food features plenty of oil and gorgeous outlook. The most famous dishes include Spicy Chicken(麻辣子鸡 málà zǐjī ), Stinky Tofu(臭豆腐 chòu dòu fu) and Liuyang Steam Food(浏阳蒸菜 liúyáng zhēngcài

9. 北京 Beijing

Beijing snacks have a long history and can be found easily in temple fairs or street market. Beijing has about 200 to 300 kinds of snack including side dishes for drinks such as White Water Sheep’s Head(白水羊头 bái shuǐ yáng tóu), Quick-Fried Tripe of Old Beijing(老北京爆肚 lǎoběijīng bàodù ), pastry making such as Small Corn Bread(小窝头 xiǎo wōtóu),  Sesame Cake with Minced Pork(肉末烧饼 ròumò shāobǐng), and various other snacks such as Steamed Rice Cakes with Sweet Stuffing(艾窝窝 ài wō wō), Glutinous Rice Rolls with Sweet Bean Flour(驴打滚 lǘ dǎgǔn ). The most classic Beijing food includes Fermented Soya-bean Milk(豆汁 dòu zhī), Fried Liver(炒肝 chǎo gān), Noodles with Bean Paste(炸酱面 zhájiàng miàn) and so on.

10. 上海 Shanghai

Shanghai is gathering place for various snacks. The tastes feature light, fresh and very digestible. The most famous snacks include areCrab Shell Cake(蟹壳黄 xièké huáng), Steamed Stuffed Bun(小笼包 xiǎo lóng bāo), Chop Rice Cake(排骨年糕 páigǔ niángāo) and so on.

Source:China Whisper


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