Typical Foods On A Chinese Menu

Dishes, Desserts and Other Typical Foods in Chinese Cuisine

From the gastronomy of China comes the custom of seasoning the dishes with a wide variety of sauces, vinegar, spices, and jams. Indeed, the mantra on which the elaboration of the typical dishes of China is based gathers four basic concepts: color, flavor, aroma, and presentation. So in this context, we listed the main dishes and desserts of a Chinese menu.

Dim Sum

Dim sum is a very popular dish in China. In fact, it is a popular snack that people eat in the middle of the morning or in the early afternoon with tea.

These small buns have fruits, vegetables, meats, or seafood inside them. People usually serve them in small containers, similar to the canapés, which is a Spanish accompaniment dish.

Chow Mein

This dish is what people know as Asian noodles (long noodles from wheat). They are usually accompanied by chicken or beef and vegetables. Moreover, it can include seafood or fish. Soy sauce adds extra flavor to this dish. They are very popular on a Chinese menu.

Grass Jelly

The main ingredient in Grass Jelly is mint leaf but people also use other herbs as well. Some add potassium carbonate to freeze it until it acquires the consistency of jelly. You can eat it as it is or add it to drinks. Most people add them in cold drinks.


This sweet originates from the Manchu cuisine (belonging to the ethnic group of the Manchus). The traditional recipe consists of stone sugar, flour, and butter. Moreover, the Cantonese version adds striped dry coconut. Fujian also uses sesame, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, malt sugar, milk, and egg. This delicious dessert adds sweetness to the Chinese menu.


The douhua, or tofu pudding, is a traditional Chinese dessert. It is based on extra soft tofu and varies according to the region.

In Taiwan, it comes with sweet ingredients, such as Chinese beans, peanuts, tapioca or oats. Moreover, people also garnish it with almonds or ginger. In the north of China, most people serve it with soy sauce that gives it a salty flavor.

In Malaysia and Singapore, they call it tow huay or tau huay and serve it in clear syrup with ginkgo seeds floating. However, some season it with sweet ginger water, in which case, they serve it hot.

Ban Mian

The term ban mian literally means noodles on board. This is due to the flat shape that the handmade noodles adopt.

This dish can be served as broth or as pasta. It is cooked in the style of the Hakka ethnic group and is usually eaten in Canton and in Singapore.

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