Everyone loves Chinese food. As far as Asian cuisine goes, it is one of the most iconic types out there. But the takeout you get for dinner might not be the most authentic. Getting the full experience doesn’t always mean you need to head back to China, either. Here are some types of Chinese food that you owe it to yourself to try out.
The Chinese Hamburger
American fast food is all over the world. You’ll even find it in the Far East, no matter how much time you spend bouncing between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and Mainland China. Also, if you venture down into Malaysia, you won’t have to go far to find an American hamburger. But take a chance and feast your eyes and your taste buds on the Chinese hamburger instead. These burgers use two pieces of bread that are stuffed with stewed pork instead of flame-broiled beef. They’re a popular street food and can also use chicken lamb and beef.
The Tea Egg
The tea egg is another street snack that is popular, no matter where you go to the mainland. Tea and spices are what give the eggs their beautiful appearance.
Peking duck is often saved for a special occasion such as a wedding. But this is a dish that you can find in many restaurants here in the States. It goes back to the day when China was an empire and ruled by the Yuan Dynasty. The duck is cut into thin slices when it is served, and although the meat is tender, the skin is still crispy and crunchy. But there are also plenty of sides that come with the platter of duck. Some examples include cucumbers, onions, plum sauce, and small buns or pancakes. It is often carved in front of you, and the most experienced carvers can turn a whole duck into cutlets in a matter of minutes.
You can’t forget about the scallion pancakes, either! They are savory instead of sweet, like the buttermilk or chocolate chip types you might be used to having for breakfast. Dough, oil, sesame seeds, scallions, and fennel all make it fantastic.
It’s time for dessert! One of the best things about sesame balls is that despite appearances, they are gluten-free. They made with glutinous rice and often have a core of red bean paste, although they could be filled with custard instead.
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