China has a long tradition of food. A tradition that is very much alive and well today. In fact, I’ve never met a more food obsessed nation. Food is one of the main topics of both conversation and debate here in China. When people go home to their hometowns to visit family over Chinese New Year, the one gift they bring back to share with friends is always some sort of local food.To get more news about Taste of China, you can visit shine news official website.
I’ve even been asked many times in casual conversation whether I prefer to eat rice or noodles. Like what?! We would never ask such a random question in the west. Food is just THAT ingrained in Chinese culture. Lucky for us, it’s the Chinese obsession with food that makes the country such a great travel destination for us foodies. Trying all the local foods is a major part of the travel experience here in China, and every region in China has their own unique types of food. But not all of them are worth trying, which is why over the course of the past 3 years we’ve tested all the different Chinese foods and have created this insane list of all the best foods you have to try when traveling in China.
Dongbei cuisine hails from Northeastern China, the literal translation of “dongbei” in Chinese. Dongbei food is also called Manchurian food due to the historical prominence of the Manchurian people occupying the Northeastern region of China and bringing their food with them. Dongbei food is one of our favorite cuisines and is especially suited to western palates as most of the food is sauteed or fried and tends to be heavier on the meat than most other Chinese foods. Their staple food is also wheat based instead of rice, so you’ll often see different types of bread, pancakes, noodles, and dumplings. They also do quite a bit of pickling and are famous for their pickled cabbage, which tastes remarkably like sauerkraut.
Here are some of our favorite Dongbei dishes. You can find these foods in abundance when traveling in the Northeastern territories of China such as the areas around Harbin and Beijing.This is a very familiar dish to anyone who’s eaten Chinese food outside of China. At a Dongbei restaurant though, I would highly recommend getting the Dragon Fish, aka Sweet and Sour Fish. It’s basically a battered and fried fish that’s been deboned (a rarity in China) and cut into chunks that are left still attached to the fish. It comes out looking like how most people see mangos served. The fish is still whole, with the head attached and sometimes they’ll even put something like a candle coming out of the fish’s mouth. Hence the name, Dragon Fish. Known around the world, Peking Duck is one of China’s most famous dishes, and it originated here in Beijing. The funny part is the dish Peking Duck is only the crispy skin of the duck. The skin is generally sliced off the whole duck at the table in front of you and served with thin crepes, a sweet sauce, and raw cucumber and green onion slices. You basically assemble a burrito with all the ingredients. It’s really delicious, but I always find it funny that you don’t actually eat any of the meat in this dish.