How to Order Food at Restaurants in China
What to Order – Specialty and Diversity
There is no easy answers for what to order as China has a lot of regional cooking styles. So check the local speciality before ordering your food. For example, if you are in restaurants in West China's Sichuan area( Chengdu and Chongqing), where the Sichuan cuisine originates. You may order Mapo Dufo,Kung Pao Chicken, etc. These are two of the most famous dishes in Sichusn Cuisine.
If you do have no ideas for what to order, you may look around and find the what the people around eat, order the same if you like.
If you travel with a guide, your guide, of course, will help you order your food.
A Bilingual Menu for Your Inspiration
Below are some foods commonly ordered by Westerners in China:
|Appetizer/Entrée||拍黄瓜||pāihuángguā||Chinese cucumber salad|
Jellyfish/Kelp/Black fungus/Century egg salad
|Main Dish||宫保鸡丁||gōngbǎojīdīng||Kung pao chicken
(diced chicken fried with peanuts/cashews)
|麻婆豆腐||mápódòufu||Ma po tofu (stir-fried bean curd in chili sauce)|
|红烧狮子头||hóngshāoshīzǐtóu||Stewed pork balls in brown sauce|
|糖醋里脊/排骨||tángcùpáigǔ||Sweet and sour pork/Spare ribs|
(served on a hot plate with peppers and onions)
|佛跳墙||fótiàoqiáng||Buddha jumping over the wall (seafood and poultry casserole)|
|番茄炒蛋||fānqiéchǎodàn||Fried egg with tomatoes|
|地三鲜||dìsānxiān||Sautéed eggplant with potatoes and green peppers|
|醋溜土豆丝||cùliūtǔdòusī||Hot and sour potato shreds|
|Soup||紫菜蛋花汤||zǐcàidànhuātāng||Purple seaweed and egg drop soup|
|冬瓜排骨汤||dōngguāpáigǔtāng||Winter melon spare rib soup|
|炖鸡汤||dùnjītāng||Stewed chicken soup|
|酥炸南瓜条||sūzhánánguātiáo||Deep-fried pumpkin sticks|
- Dishes in China are not prepared all at once. They just arrive when they are ready. So there’s no strict eating order at Chinese dinners.
- Tea is provided free in most Chinese restaurants. Other drinks can be ordered.
- Chinese people are not used to having dessert after dinner but may eat fruit and drink tea instead.
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