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8 Famous Chinese Food Cuisines That'll Surely Make You Drool

Famous Chinese Food
Today, the popularity of the Chinese cuisine is widespread, all over the world. Here's an insight into the famous types of Chinese food that satiate the taste buds of many.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Sep 7, 2018
Chinese Food
"The Chinese not only enjoy eating but believe eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships"― although quoted anonymously, the quote holds true. Chinese food is a unique and tasty that has grown in popularity and also found its modifications along the way.
The philosophy of yin and yang finds prominence in Chinese food. The Chinese maintain a balance in the food texture, color, and flavor by following the principles of yin and yang. Food that has the cooling properties are said to have yin, and those that have the warm properties are said to have yang. The idea is to achieve a healthy balance between the two.
Chinese food beholds a large variety from different regions with some mouth-watering dishes. It is basically divided into 8 regional cuisines.
Huaiyang Cuisine
This cuisine uses fresh fish and crustaceans as the main ingredients and is very popular in the lower areas of the Yangtze River. The cooking techniques used are roasting, braising, stewing and simmering. The carving techniques of the food are very well-known in this type of cuisine.
Crab Soup
Some of the famous foods of this variety includes Stewed Crab with Clear Soup, Duck Triplet, Crystal Meat, Liangxi Crisp Eel, Long-boiled, and Dry-shredded meat.
Shandong Cuisine
The Shandong cuisine gives a lot of prominence to the soups. It also uses a combination of the Jinan and the Jiaodong cuisine. The characteristic feature of this cuisine is that the food items are fresh and crisp and generally non-greasy. These foods have a strong aroma.
The soups, if thin in its consistency, are clear and if thick are very creamy with a strong flavor. There is a lot of deep-frying, pan-frying, stir-frying, and grilling used by the Jinan chefs. The Jiaodong chefs are known for food items with a light taste.
Chinese Food
Some of the popular food items in this category are Bird's Nest Soup and Yellow River Carp in Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan mapo tofu
This is the most famous Chinese cuisine in the world. Popularly known as the 'Szechuan' in the West, the Sichuan cuisine boasts some spicy and hot flavors due to the emphasis of the use of chili.
Another reason for the typical taste it offers is the use of the pepper and prickly ash by the chefs. This lends uniqueness to the dish. The basic cooking techniques belonging to this category use a lot of pickling, braising, and also frying without oil.
Chinese Food
Some of the hottest and spiciest famous food items in this category remains the Kung Pao Chicken, Tasty and Spicy Crab, Twice Cooked Pork, and Water-Boiled Fish.
Fujian Cuisine
Fujian Stir-Fried Rice
The Fujian Cuisine is known for a wide range of seafood. This cuisine is characteristic due to the myriad colors and the mouth-watering combination of the sweet, salty, and sour tastes in the food items.
Chinese Mix Vegetables With Seafood
Another important feature is the pickled taste. The famous food items of the Fujian Cuisine are the Snow Chicken, Prawn with Dragon's Body, Phoenix's tail, and the Buddha Jumping Over the Wall.
Hunan Cuisine
Stewed meat of pork in chinese style in white bowl
The Hunan Cuisine has a typical thick and sharp flavor. This is due to the use of the pepper, chili and shallot in the dishes prepared. This cuisine has an ideal mix of the local cuisine. (Dongting Lake, Xiangjiang Region and the Xiangxi coteau).
Chinese Food Steamed Chicken Roll
The food items prepared under this category range from the Dongan Chicken, the Peppery and Hot Chicken, Lotus Seeds in Rock Sugar Syrup, and the Sizzling Rice Soup.
Anhui Cuisine
Chinese Style Stream Boiled Fish
Also known as the Hui Cai, it comprises the specialties of the South Anhui, Yanjiang, and Huai Bei. This cooking demands a lot of attention to the temperature of the food being cooked, the taste and color of the dishes.
These are known to build up energy of the person. The food menus include bamboo shoots cooked with sausage and dried mushroom, stewed soft shell turtle with ham, Li Hongzhang Hotchpotch, and the Stewed Snapper.
Guangdong (Cantonese) Cuisine
Guangdong Steamed Turbot
The cooking methods used for this cuisine vary from the others in terms of the flavor and also the raw materials used. There is a strong emphasis on the seafood and mixed flavorings.
The food tastes clean, light, and extremely fresh. When the chefs prepare Guangdong Cuisine, they have to use methods of deep-frying, braising, stewing, roasting, stir-frying, sautéing, and steaming. Once the dishes are ready, the chefs also make them presentable. Popular dishes are Steamed Sea Bass, Dim Sum, Shark Fin Soup, and the Roasted Piglet.
Zhejiang Cuisine/Zhe Cai
Vietnamese caramelized pork belly with deep fried eggs in clay
It encompasses the specialties of the Hangzhou, Ningbo, and the Shaoxing. The cooking includes the methods like stewing, stir-frying, deep frying, and sautéing. Some famous dishes are Longjing Shelled Shrimp, Beggar's Chicken, and Sour West Lake Fish.
Famous Chinese Food Items
Hot Diced Pork
roast pork with vegetables and Yorkshire pudding
Red-Bayberry-Shaped Meat Balls
Red Bayberry Shaped Meatballs
Chicken Balls with Qiandao Sauce
Chicken meatballs with spicy sauce
Fragrant Chicken Stew
Chicken Stew with Biscuits
Squid with Pineapples
Squid and pineapple fried
Bean Skin Rolls
Fried shrimp tofu ( bean curd ) skin rolls
Deep-fried Onion
Oven fried onion rings,dipped batter
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roast Leg of Lamb
  • Grape-shaped Fish
  • Maofeng Smoked Hilsa Herring
  • Diced Ham with Crystal Sugar
  • Fish in Vinegar and Pepper
  • Litchi and Prawns
  • Gluten Meat Pouches
So if you think this Chinese fare has tickled your taste buds, simply pick up those chopsticks and indulge in some delicious, lip-smacking Chinese cuisine.