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As anyone that has traveled to China would know, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the country is its food. The variety and the depth of food you could find in China is mind boggling. What makes it great is also the fact that the types of foods also vary greatly between regions and provinces, depending on the local climate and produce.

Most people would find the food in China gives "Chinese food" a new definition, vastly different from the stuff you'd get from local Chinese takeaways, the "real Chinese food" could be a real eye opener. Some of it you'd love, some of it you won't like, and some you'd just hesitate to even try. But be brave, like a real traveler would, because food in China could truly put the completeness into your experience.



Street Food

Night Markets

More common in western China and in smaller towns night markets can be some of the best places to eat. The dishes change according to the region ranging from meat kebabs to scorpion on a stick. In general at night markets follow the rule of eating were other people are eating and eat it quick.



Food Stalls

Lamian Noodle Stalls

Lamian (拉麺) stalls can found in every city in China. They are almost always run by Muslim immigrants from Gansu, Ningxia and Qinghai. It is easy to spot these restaurants because of the large arabic characters outside and the muslim men in skull caps making the famous fresh pulled noodles in the front. These noodles are made by pulling out the dough then slamming it down on the counter.

Usually these restaurants are family operations and you can see the women helping out wearing traditional Islamic scarves. In general these places are clean, efficient and cheap with a bowl of noodle's ranging from 6 rmb to 9 rmb. Therefore if your in a new town and need something to eat quick and cheap just look for some lamian stall.

  • Lamian (拉麺): Is the standard pulled noodles and comes in a chicken broth with a little bit of dried lamb.
  • Huimian (回面): Is a longer and wider noodle usually served in a chicken broth with tomatoes, mushrooms and onions. Although this changes depending on the restaurant and time of year.



Hot Pot

Hot Pot (火锅) or Huoguo is what many people call Chinese fondue. Always eaten by a group of people a boiling pot of broth is put in the centre of a table. People take raw veggies and meat and cook them in the broth. The broth can change a lot depending on the region of the country. Usually a split bowl is served that has spicy broth in one half and non spicy broth in the other half. When ordering hot pot it is best to walk around with the restaurant with the waitress pointing at what you want to eat. Here is a list of common things eaten with hot pot:



Western Food


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Food in China Travel Helpers

  • jsheehan11

    I lived in China for three and half months and tried everything from scorpion to raw ocean snail. I also lived all along the east coast, so I tried a large variety of different foods!

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