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Chinese food is famous all over the world, but you may be shocked by its surprising range and variety of ingredients if you’ve only eaten in Chinese restaurants abroad. Chinese food has countless delicious and fantastic dishes. And people from different areas have different cuisine types, which can be bland, sweet, salty, spicy, or sour.

What the Chinese Eat

"The Chinese eat everything with four legs, except tables, and everything that flies, except airplanes.” — Anon.

Find out about some of the unique dishes of a nation who are willing to eat just about anything. Also see... 

China’s Regional Food Types

China can be divided into several regions with distinct styles of cooking. The ingredients used are based on the natural and agricultural products of each region.

The main features of China’s regional cuisines can be described as follows:

making noddles

Northern China food — salty, simple, less vegetables with wheat as the staple food. Food using wheat as its main ingredient, such as noodles and dumplings is prevalent there.

lamp barbecue
Western China food — hearty halal food
sichuan hot pot
Central China food — spicy with a lot of seasonings
tea and snacks
Eastern China food — sweet and light
fried fish
Southern minority food — sour, and many minorities eat chilies every day

China’s Religious and Health Food Cuisines

What You Should Know About Eating in China

Chinese Dining Etiquette and Culture

As an ancient civilization, China pays great attention to established etiquette. With thousands of years’ development, China has its own unique dinning culture and etiquette, which foreign visitors may find quite different from what they are used to, and even consider weird.

Chinese Cooking — Recipes and Instructions

Chinese cooking is renowned throughout the world. Chinese food has a distinctive culinary style all its own. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared with a minimum of fuss and beautifully balanced for color, texture, and presentation. See The 7 Top Chinese Cooking Methods.

Our  Chinese cooking recipes teach you how to cook delicious Chinese dishes, more cooking recipes.

Travel with China Highlights and Taste Delicious Chinese Food

Want to taste authentic Chinese food? China Highlights tours provide you an opportunity. See our most recommended Chinese food tours, which combine must-see attractions in China with meals in carefully selected restaurants.

Or you can contact us and we can tailor-make a Chinese food tour for you based on your interests and requirements.

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