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What the Chinese Eat

"The Chinese eat everything with four legs, except tables, and everything that flies, except airplanes.”— Anon.

Find out about some of the unique dishes of a nation who are willing to eat just about anything. Also see... 

Csteamed rice     steamed buns

hinese Food Ingredients                       Learn Chinese Food through 15 Facts

picked cabbages      rice noodles

The 5 Key Flavors of Chinese Food          What the Chinese Eat For Breakfast

red bean buns     chinese dumplings

Top 10 Most Popular Chinese Desserts        8 Most Popular Chinese Dishes

China’s Regional Food Types

China can be divided into several regions with distinct styles of cooking. The ingredients used are based on the natural and agricultural products of each region.

The main features of China’s regional cuisines can be described as follows:

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Northern China food

 — salty, simple, less vegetables with wheat as the staple food. Food using wheat as its main ingredient, such as noodles and dumplings is prevalent there.

lamp barbecue       sichuan hot pot
Western China food — hearty halal food                                          Central China food — spicy with a lot of seasonings
tea and snacks       fried fish
Eastern China food — sweet and light                                    outhern minority food — sour, and many minorities eat chilies every day

China’s Religious and Health Food Cuisines

Chinese Vegetarian Food     duck soup

Chinese Vegetarian Food                              Chinese Medicinal Food

roast lamp

Halal Food in China

What You Should Know About Eating in China

how to use chopsticks
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  • 210 Differences Between Chinese and Western Eating
  • 3What Restaurants Are Like in China
  • 4How a Chinese Meal Is Served
  • 5China's Mealtimes — When, What, and How Chinese Eat
  • 6How to Order Food in Restaurants in China
  • 7How to Eat Healthily in China — 3 Steps
  • 8Eating with Kids in China — What You Need to Know

Chinese Dining Etiquette and Culture

As an ancient civilization, China pays great attention to established etiquette. With thousands of years’ development, China has its own unique dinning culture and etiquette, which foreign visitors may find quite different from what they are used to, and even consider weird.

how to eat in china                       seating arrangement

How to Eat in China — Chinese Dining Etiquette                           Seating Arrangements for a Chinese Banquet

moon cake         how to use chopsticks

The Symbolism of Chinese Foods                      Chinese Chopsticks — Legends, How to Use Them, and Taboos

Chinese Cooking — Recipes and Instructions

Chinese cooking is renowned throughout the world. Chinese food has a distinctive culinary style all its own. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared with a minimum of fuss and beautifully balanced for color, texture, and presentation. See The 7 Top Chinese Cooking Methods.

Our  Chinese cooking recipes teach you how to cook delicious Chinese dishes, more cooking recipes.

kung pao chicken      fried rice

How to Cook Kung Pao Chicken                                             How to Cook Yangzhou Fried Rice


sweet and sour pork      Winter Melon Soup with Pork Ribs

How to Cook Sweet and Sour Pork                                  How to Cook Winter Melon Soup with Pork Ribs

  • 7 Most Popular Chinese Cooking Methods
  • 10 Must-Have Chinese Cooking Utensils

Travel with China Highlights and Taste Delicious Chinese Food

Want to taste authentic Chinese food? China Highlights tours provide you an opportunity. See our most recommended Chinese food tours, which combine must-see attractions in China with meals in carefully selected restaurants.

  • The Flavor of China — a 12-Day Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Hong Kong cuisine tour
  • A Culinary Adventure — an 8-Day Beijing, Chengdu, and Guangzhou cuisine tour

Or you can contact us and we can tailor-make a Chinese food tour for you based on your interests and requirements.

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