100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

Another meme (from this food blog)!

This is like the Omnivore’s Hundred from last time, only now it focusses on Chinese cuisine. How timely this is: I’ll be going back to Hong Kong in February! I’ve actually tried most of the foods listed here, I don’t know why I’m surprised at that considering I am Chinese after all! (maybe because I’m an omnivore as well and the score for that was pretty pitiful. haha) As per tradition, the asterisks indicate my fondness toward the food… from the lavish dottings, you can tell I like my Chinese food very much. 🙂

100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

1. Almond milk 杏仁茶*
2. Ants Climbing a Tree (poetic, not literal, name) 螞蟻上樹** (I like it so much that there was a phase where on my cooking rotation, this would be the default)
3. Asian pear 鴨梨
4. Baby bok choy 白菜苗*
5. Baijiu 白酒
6. Beef brisket 牛腩*
7. Beggar’s Chicken 乞丐雞 (I REALLY want to try!!)
8. Bingtang hulu 冰糖葫蘆
9. Bitter melon 苦瓜*
10. Bubble tea 波霸奶茶*
11. Buddha’s Delight 羅漢齋**
12. Cantonese roast duck 燒鴨*
13. Century egg, or thousand-year egg 皮蛋*
14. Cha siu (Cantonese roast pork)叉燒**
15. Char kway teow 炒粿條/炒貴刁*
16. Chicken feet 雞腳
17. Chinese sausage 臘腸*
18. Chow mein 炒麵**
19. Chrysanthemum tea 菊花茶
20. Claypot rice 煲仔飯*
21. Congee 粥
22. Conpoy (dried scallops) 干貝/江瑤柱*
23. Crab rangoon 炸蟹角
24. Dan Dan noodles 擔擔麵**
25. Dragonfruit 火龍果**
26. Dragon’s Beard candy 龍鬚糖** (my favourite candy of all time! so much so, that, upon realising there was none in Australia, I looked up a recipe. Needless to say, I haven’t ventured into that yet!)
27. Dried cuttlefish 墨魚乾*
28. Drunken chicken 醉雞**
29. Dry-fried green beans 乾扁四季豆**
30. Egg drop soup 蛋花湯*
31. Egg rolls 蛋卷**
32. Egg tart, Cantonese (蛋撻) or Macanese (葡國蛋撻)** (I am one of the rare ones who prefer the biscuity tarts, not the flaky pastry…)
33. Fresh bamboo shoots 鮮露筍/竹筍
34. Fortune cookies*
35. Fried milk 炸牛奶* (it tasted so artificial, but it’s interestingly tasty.)
36. Fried rice 炒飯**
37. Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) 芥蘭**
38. General Tso’s Chicken 左公雞
39. Gobi Manchurian
40. Goji berries (Chinese wolfberries) 杞子 (hahaha, when I was younger, and I had not got a clue what these bizarre red wrinklies were, my brother would trick me and say it was ‘rabbit poo’… needless to say, I was pretty terrified of these berries afterwards, making me miss out on this apparent ‘superfood’!)
41. Grass jelly 涼粉** (mixed with a little sugar and evaporated milk.. !)
42. Hainan chicken rice 海南雞飯**
43. Hand-pulled noodles 拉麵**
44. Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in translucent wrappers) 蝦餃*
45. Haw flakes 山楂餅** (ah, this was my childhood nibble food…)
46. Hibiscus tea 芙蓉茶
47. Hong Kong-style Milk Tea 港式奶茶*
48. Hot and sour soup 酸辣湯
49. Hot Coca-Cola with Ginger 薑汁可樂
50. Hot Pot 火鍋/打邊爐** (the ultimate Chinese get-together on cold days)
51. Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin) 鐵觀音
52. Jellyfish 海蜇*
53. Kosher Chinese food 猶太中國菜
54. Kung Pao Chicken 宮保雞丁*
55. Lamb skewers (yangrou chua’r) 羊肉串
56. Lion’s Head meatballs 獅子頭
57. Lomo Saltado (is that even Chinese..)
58. Longan fruit 龍眼** (they just had to add the ‘fruit’ at the end to eludicate it’s not real dragon’s eyes! lol)
59. Lychee 荔枝** (I can’t really taste too much of a difference between this and longan.. maybe lychee is sweeter?)
60. Macaroni in soup with Spam 午餐肉通粉 (a most strange breakfast indeed)
61. Malatang 麻辣湯
62. Mantou, especially if fried and dipped in sweetened condensed milk 镘頭** (yumm!! Who would have thought a simple bread dipped in condensed milk could be so good?)
63. Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐**
64. Mock meat 齋肉**
65. Mooncake (bonus points for the snow-skin variety) 月餅** (snow skin mooncakes are even nicer)
66. Nor mai gai (chicken and sticky rice in lotus leaf) 糯米雞** (one of my favourite yum cha dishes)
67. Pan-fried jiaozi 煎餃子**
68. Peking duck 北京填鴨** (hm.. what’s the difference between this and the Cantonese one? I like it with the pancakes and hoisin sauce.)
69. Pineapple bun 菠蘿包** (one of my favourite breakfasts!)
70. Prawn crackers 蝦片*
71. Pu’er tea 普洱茶
72. Rambutan 紅毛丹
73. Red bean in dessert form 紅豆甜品 (I’ve never been too fond of it though)
74. Red bayberry 楊梅
75. Red cooked pork 紅燒肉
76. Roast pigeon 燒乳鴿
77. Rose tea 玫瑰茶
78. Roujiamo 肉夾饃
79. Scallion pancake 蔥油餅
80. Shaved ice dessert 刨冰*
81. Sesame chicken 芝麻雞* (a lot of American ‘Chinese’ food here!)
82. Sichuan pepper in any dish 花椒*
83. Sichuan preserved vegetable (zhacai) 榨菜*
84. Silken tofu 滑豆腐*
85. Soy milk, freshly made 豆漿*
86. Steamed egg custard 墩蛋**
87. Stinky tofu 臭豆腐
88. Sugar cane juice 庶汁*
89. Sweet and sour pork, chicken, or shrimp 咕嚕肉、雞、蝦*
90. Taro 芋頭*
91. Tea eggs 茶葉蛋*
92. Tea-smoked duck
93. Turnip cake (law bok gau) 蘿蔔糕*
94. Twice-cooked pork 回鍋肉 (well, I’ve had the canned variety XD)
95. Water chestnut cake (mati gau) 馬蹄糕* (in the lead-up to Chinese New Year, my family made a huge batch of these)
96. Wonton noodle soup 雲吞麵*
97. Wood ear 木耳*
98. Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) 小籠包*
99. Yuanyang (half coffee, half tea, Hong Kong style) 鴛鴦
100. Yunnan goat cheese 雲南乳餅



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