15+ tasty and healthy Chinese snacks
Are you craving some delicious Chinese snacks? China is renowned for its unique cuisine that will make your taste buds go wild and there is a good reason for that. The meals that you can find in China are rich in spices and flavor. Not just that, but there is also tradition behind each meal and their flavor is rooted in the beliefs of the natives.
Fortunately, you don’t have to visit Asia in order to taste these amazing snacks. You can order them online and have the same experience as if you were dining in Hong Kong. If you don’t know where to buy Chinese snacks online, then you should be happy to know Amazon has your back. Now, let’s go ahead and check out what are the top 20 tasty and healthy Chinese snacks that you can order online.
Top 20 Chinese Snacks
#1 The Stinky Tofu
We are going to start our list with something that is truly unique to the Chinese people. We are talking about the famous Stinky Tofu. The powerful smell usually scares people away, but the taste is going to drive your taste buds nuts. A fun fact about this snack is that the tofu needs more than 300 years to stay in fermentation. Isn’t that incredible?
If you ever visit China, then you will quickly notice that all kids are eating Pocky. This is one of the most popular Chines snacks and this is all thanks to the fact the Pocky is sweet. Pocky is mad from biscuits that are covered in a delicious layer of cream that comes in various flavors.
#3 Haw Flakes
The Haw Flakes are your “go-to” snack when you want to show to someone how unique and delicious Chinese food can be. This snack is made from the fruit that grows in the hawthorn tree and therefore, it is very healthy. What’s great about Haw Flakes is that you can use this snack as an ingredient for your fruit salads.
Another amazing Chinese snack that will make you feel like you are walking on the streets of Hong Kong is called Youtiao. These are fried breadsticks that go great with soymilk and porridge.
#5 Rice Crackers
Since this is China that we are talking about, then it should come as no surprise that Rice Crackers are featured on our list. The most popular brand of Rice Crackers in Asia is called MSG.
#6 Yan Yan
Do you want something that will satisfy your sweet tooth? If that is the case, then you can’t go wrong with the Yan Yan. This package contains crunchy biscuits and cream that will put a smile on your face right from the very first time that you taste them.
#7 Pop Pan
Pop Pan is another popular Chinese snack that is known for its unique taste. These are buttery crackers and what makes them stand out is the fact that they have scallion flavor.
#8 French Biscuits
Despite being called French Biscuits, this snack originates from China and the biscuits are covered in a thick layer of cream. They go great with tea and Chinese people love serving them to their guests.
#9 Wung Wang Snow Cookies
Chinese people make great cookies and the Wung Wang Snow Cookies are the perfect example of that. A single pack of Wung Wang Snow Cookies contains two delicious cookies that feature a mix of salty and sweet flavor.
#10 Turnip Cake
The Turnip Cake is commonly known as “Io bak go” in China and it can be found in all Chinese supermarkets. The Turnip Cake features turnip that is seasoned and mixed with corn-starch, onions, and sausages. The flavor is amazing!!
#11 Steamed Bao Buns
If there is one snack that you are guaranteed to see in all pop-up shops around China, then Steamed Bao Buns is definitely the one. Just like all donuts, the Steamed Bao Buns are available in various fillings and all of them are mouth-watery.
#12 Fried Dough Twist
The Chinese love taking simple dough and turning it into delicious dishes. The Fried Dough Twist is the perfect example of that. This snack doesn’t only look amazing, but it’s also sweet and savory.
#13 Shrimp Chips
Are you looking for a quick snack that you can enjoy while watching your favorite TV show or movie on Netflix? If that is the case, then Shrimp Chimps are your best choice. They come in various flavors and you will always find at least one bag open at Chinese parties.
#14 Gummy Candies
Gummy Candies are known for being the “unofficial” Chinese New Year snack. You can find Gummy Candies in various flavors starting with peach and ending with mango. However, we want to warn you that this snack is a bit expensive.
#15 Kasugai Roasted Green Peas
If you like having peas in your food, then you are going to love the Kasugai Roasted Green Peas. This snack is not only healthy, but it’s also incredibly tasty. The peas are covered in wasabi and they will set your mouth on fire if you are not used to spicy food!
#16 Egg Rolls
You knew that we are going to present Egg Rolls ever since you clicked on our article, right? After all, everyone who visits China will have the opportunity to eat Egg Rolls since they are so tasty and popular. On the downside of things, the crumbs will make a mess!
#17 Prawn Crackers
Another snack that is super popular among Chinese kids is called Pawn Crackers. These deep-fried chips that are flavored with shrimp. To make things even better, you will also feel a tingling sensation when eating the chips. This is what Chinese snacks are all about!
#18 Curry Fish Balls
Even though Curry Fish Balls might not sound like a delicious dish for Europeans and Americans, all the street vendors in China are selling them. The deep-fried fish balls are cooked in a special curry sauce that is not only delicious but also spicy!
#19 Pineapple Buns
While Americans are arguing if pineapples should be put on pizza or not, the Chinese are taking it to the next level and they are making Pineapple Buns. We are kidding! These buns are just called pineapple because of how they look, they don’t actually have pineapples in them. Nonetheless, they are crunchy and flavorful.
#20 Dried Squid
We are going to end our list with a snack that is so unique that it can’t be found anywhere than China. We are talking about Dried Squid. This snack is chewy and it’s seasoned with salt and spicy chilly. You can also find Dried Squid that has a creamy finish. This is one of the tastiest Chinese snacks!
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23 Asian Snacks That Defined My Childhood
Take a trip down memory lane with me as we explore 23 Asian snacks that I grew up with!
I cannot make a list like this without starting with Pocky. Manufactured by Glico, Pocky are magical biscuit sticks covered in a thin layer of cream in varying flavors. Chocolate and Strawberry Pocky are my favorites. (Side note: do any of you remember “Men’s Pocky” from back in the day?)
The genius behind Pocky is the way they are designed. There is about an inch of the biscuit that is not dipped in cream so that the cream won’t melt in your hands as you eat it. Genius.
For this post, I ventured out and tried the cookies and cream and matcha flavors. I’m sad to report that they were disappointing. The cookies and cream variety had absolutely no flavor; it wasn’t even sweet. Despite depicting chocolate biscuit sticks on the package, there was no hint of chocolate flavor in them. Plus, the Oreo-like cookie crumbs depicted on the package created an expectation that the Pocky would taste like Oreos. Let me reiterate, they taste like nothing. I didn’t think that was even possible.
The matcha Pocky was a slight improvement, but only by a thin margin. If I closed my eyes and ate the matcha Pocky, I wouldn’t have known that it was supposed to be green tea flavor. All in all, I think I’ll stick to my two favorite flavors.
2. RICE CRACKERS (AKA MSG CRACKERS)
These are crunchy and light rice crackers that usually come individually packaged with 2 rice crackers. They are often lightly coated with some kind seasoning. I call these MSG crackers because it’s really the MSG flavoring that makes these crackers shine. You can find many varieties of these rice crackers, but the Bin Bin rice crackers (可口寶寶) are my favorite. I used to lick all the seasoning off each cracker before biting into it. Is that weird?
Other popular varieties are the Shelly Senbei rice crackers, which are similar to the Bin Bin crackers in flavor. However, there’s additional white frosted bits on the cracker to resemble snow. Finally, I also liked the Thai-style rice crackers, which have a slightly sweet coconut flavor.
3. YAN YAN
These packages of crunchy biscuit sticks and cream brought me so much joy as a kid. The only problem was that there was never enough cream in a package (probably around 3 tablespoons for 20 or so biscuit sticks). To ensure that you had enough cream for all the biscuit sticks, you needed to dip the sticks carefully, making sure to scoop out no more than 1/4 teaspoon of cream at a time. But if you portioned the cream carefully, sometimes, you will have an extra big dollop of cream left for the last biscuit stick. Yay!
Yan Yan taught me the values of portion control and delayed gratification. In essence, they taught me lessons about how to be a responsible adult.
My favorite flavors are chocolate and strawberry, but I bought the vanilla flavor to try for this post. I was very disappointed. The cream was sweet, but there was no vanilla flavor at all. Thumbs down.
Fishnacks are fishy, light and chewy snacks. I’m not even sure what they are exactly, but they were so popular when they first hit Asian stores. Many people who don’t like fishy flavors or smells (like my husband) would be totally turned off by Fishnacks. However, having grown up in an Asian household, where snacking on anchovies is completely normal, I LOVED Fishnacks. Bring on the fish! I’ve spent countless hours sitting in front of the television, mindlessly snacking on these things.
Nostalgia can play tricks on the mind though. I haven’t bought a package of Fishnacks in years, and when I ate them again a few weeks ago, I was so disappointed, again. They are a lot drier than what I remember. I still love the fishy taste, but the texture did not leave me coming back for more.
5. HAW FLAKES
Any kid who has ever been subjected to eating Chinese medicine knows all about Haw Flakes (山楂餅). It was your prize after gulping a bowl of dark, bitter, why-do-I-have-to-eat-this Chinese medicine.
Haw Flakes are made of hawthorn berries, which taste very similar to cranberries. When I was a kid, I thought they were made of cranberries because the Chinese phrase for cranberries and hawthorn berries (山楂) are the same.
These were my snack of choice during college and my year abroad in China because all the sugar in them kept me awake for late-night study session. In China, it is very common to find haw flakes in larger sizes and fruit leathers with hawthorn berry flavor.
6. POP PAN
My love for scallion-flavored foods began here. Pop Pan are buttery crackers that have scallion flavor. I can no longer eat too many of these at a time because the fat in the crackers leaves a strange coating in my mouth.
7. FRENCH BISCUITS
Besides the Eiffel Tower imprint on the biscuits, I don’t know why these are called French Biscuits. However, they were special treats that Mama Lin would only bring out if there were guests visiting us.
I want you to take a look at the images on the box and focus on the rich layer of cream depicted. Now, take a look at the image below. Can you sense my dismay when I opened up one of these French biscuits?
8. SHRIMP CHIPS
These crunchy, light shrimp chips were snacks that you’d share with friends. I loved sticking my nose into the bag and taking a good whiff of the shrimp flavoring. The chips are baked, which means we can eat more of them, right?
9. HELLO PANDA
If you were a 90s kid, you know all about Hello Panda. They are made by Meiji, who are the same manufacturers of Yan Yan. That’s why the biscuit and the cream tastes very similar. I never seemed to be able to find a cookie that had a perfectly printed image like the ones shown on the package, but they were tasty.
I bought the matcha flavor for the first time a few weeks ago. The matcha flavor was not quite as disappointing as the matcha Pocky, but I definitely prefer the chocolate and strawberry. Are you noticing a pattern here?
10. ARARE (JAPANESE-STYLE RICE CRACKERS)
These Japanese-style rice crackers are a little more dense than the rice crackers mentioned above. Made with glutinous rice flour, arare are often flavored with a soy sauce-like seasoning. In this seaweed-wrapped version, the seaweed gives the crackers a nice umami flavor.
11. GUMMY CANDIES
This Japanese brand of gummy candies were not cheap, so my family would only buy a bag once in a blue moon. You can buy these candies in many different flavors, like mango, grape, and green apple, but peach has always been my favorite. Coincidentally, my husband loves these candies too, which means he usually wolfs down the entire bag before I even get a chance to eat a piece.
These savory (very salty) biscuit sticks come in a few flavors. There is the green package, which is now called “Original.” Back when I was a kid, this was the “salad” flavor. Maybe they rebranded because someone finally tipped them off that they don’t actually taste like salad? There’s also a “Roasted” Pretz, which is a plain biscuit stick (a bit boring, if I’m honest). There’s also Tomato Pretz, which I haven’t tried before. Any of you familiar with Tomato Pretz?
13. GARDEN WAFERS
The Garden brand manufactures some of my favorite wafers. The actual wafer is airy and thin, and the cream has the perfect amount of sweetness—much less sugar than some American brands I’ve tried over the years. Garden Wafers come in a lot of different flavors, such as strawberry, orange, chocolate, coconut, lemon, and durian (ew).
I have very fond memories eating Garden wafers with Grandma Lin. This was one of her favorite snacks because they were easy on her dentures. My ritual for eating these was to separate a cookie into their individual layers and then eat them one layer at a time. I clearly had OCD tendencies even at a young age.
14. KASUGAI ROASTED GREEN PEAS
The roasted peas were my introduction to wasabi. I didn’t like wasabi then, and I’m not a big wasabi fan today. (The only time I’ll eat wasabi is when I’m eating sashimi. ) The plain roasted green peas are ones that I can get down with any day.
沙琪瑪 (sha qi ma) are similar in concept to rice krispies treats. They consist of small bits of fried dough that are held together by a sugar mixture. Grandma Lin loved these as well because they were nice and soft and easy for her to eat. This is another one of those snacks that I haven’t eaten in years, and I’ve discovered that I prefer fresh ones over the packaged version.
16. DRIED SQUID
Oh yes, dried shredded squid. They’re soft and chewy and have a lot of umami flavor. Again, I spent many hours sitting in front of the TV while eating dried squid. I’m not entirely sure why there are images of oranges on the packaging, as I didn’t taste any orange while eating these. If you don’t like fishy foods, you probably won’t like these either.
17. EGG ROLLS
蛋卷 (literally translated as egg rolls) are thin flaky biscuits that are rolled up. You need to eat these egg rolls over a plate or else the crumbs will land everywhere. We used to get them in a tin box when I was a kid. My favorite variety is the kind with a layer of coconut cream on the inside (not the ones pictured).
18. PRAWN CRACKERS
More commonly known as prawn crackers, these are deep fried chips with shrimp flavoring. The fun part about these chips is that when you lay a piece on your tongue, you’ll feel a tingling sensation and hear faint popping sounds. It’s a bit like eating pop rocks. Mama Lin makes fresh prawn crackers for Chinese New Year, and they are such a treat.
盲公餅 (literally translated as blind man cookies) are tiny, dry cookies with toasted sesame and peanut flavors. I loved these cookies as a kid because they are a regional specialty of Guangdong Province, which is where my family is from. Whenever I ate one of these cookies, I felt a strange sense of pride. They now come individually wrapped, which I think generates far too much waste. Oh well.
陳皮梅 (literally translated as mandarin peel plum) are candied plums that are flavored with mandarin orange peel. I love these candy because they contain hallmark Chinese flavors.
21. KASUGAI ROASTED NUTS
This nut mix contains some of the roasted green peas mentioned above. My favorite part of the mix, however, are the larger circular bits, which are usually peanuts covered in a batter. I can easily eat a bag of these in one sitting.
22. WHITE RABBIT CANDY
I used to love these milky candies as a child. They are wrapped in a thin layer of rice paper that dissolves in your mouth. I ate one of these candies recently, and I was very disappointed, mostly because the candies are virtually impossible to bite into. Were the candies always like this?
23. PRESERVED FRUIT
I’m lumping a bunch of preserved fruits in this category. A lot of these fruits tend to be sour, and I think they’re meant to trigger the glands underneath the tongue that cause you to salivate. That’s why they’re perfect to eat when you are feeling a bit parched.
The package on the left is 九製話梅, which are preserved prunes. I actually hated these as a child because they’re way too salty and sour. I can’t say that my feelings about them have changed at all. The sweeter version, 甘草梅, taste much better. The next package is 甘草橄欖, which are sweetened preserved olives. The third package contains tamarind candy, which contain sour tamarind flesh rolled in a TON of sugar. Finally, we have 九製陳皮, which are preserved mandarin orange peel.
This post has been one of my favorites to write because it gave me an excuse to buy all the Asian snacks and go down a trip on memory lane. What Asian snacks do you enjoy?
The Top 21 Chinese Snacks in the 21st Century (With Authentic Recipes)
I love my days in the streets of my motherland China because good food and social gathering are how we love in our country. Our creativity is depicted in the daily starters, main meal, desserts and even snacks. It’s no wonder, China has the world most famous cuisine.
Don’t even think that food is just the regular ones you eat because some of the meals are attached to deeply rooted beliefs. They have meaning only known to the natives. Additionally, there are foods eaten at specifically different times of the day or year.
Enough of those though because today we venture into the common Chinese snack. One thing about Chinese snacks is that they are mostly healthy and natural than regular sweets, chocolates and chips.
In the Chinese language, we refer to snack as Xiǎochī.
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Is Candy A Snack?
I would say candy is a snack because of its mostly sweet nature that most snacks assume. They are also our in between meals that keep us filled. You can refer to candy as a snack because of its part of the many snacks available today.
The Chinese Snacks
The popular yet healthy snacks
The sweet potatoes
Have you ever been to China during winter? You will find roasted sweet potatoes on the streets. It’s especially a favorite in the Northern part of China. In Beijing, taking a walk down the snack street means you must see snacks like the sweet potatoes on your way.
You can also find the famous sweet potato chips which you can buy by the roadside and sometimes in the supermarket. There’s no restriction as to the time you should eat the sweet potatoes. You can eat sweet potatoes at any time a day.
I think this makes them qualify as snacks
2. Nuts and seeds
I think the common ones in this category are roasted chestnuts. They, like the sweet potato roasts above, are popular during winter and autumn.
Sunflower seeds are the other popular ones. I see people enjoy it while hanging out with friends, waiting for the train or even waiting for a seat at the restaurant. What’s even more fun is that people eat them fast and without even removing the husks.
You will also notice the pumpkin seed during summer. Unlike most other parts of the world where this is thrown away, here it’s a snack. Yes, we advocate for minimal to no food waste.
3. The stinky tofu
This fermented bean card has been in the market for way over 300 years. Walking in the streets at night you will find it from street vendors.
If you are visiting China and taking a walk in the evening you will most definitely notice a strong odor around the places where stinky tofu is cooked.
At first, most people shy away from eating it but the moment they do, they become addicted. Stinky tofu is deep fried and they assume a golden brown color.
Want to make stinky tofu at home?
Check out my Healthy And Easy Way Stinky Tofu Recipe.
4. Rice rollers
Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers: 3.5oz 8 Packs of 8 Rollers
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This features the natural form of snacks that have fewer sweeteners and no excessive addition of unnecessary ingredients. These crunchy rice rollers are snacks that don’t discriminate by age. You will enjoy them whether you are a child or an adult.
The snacks are kosher certified and literary free of gluten. They are made using popped rice which you then roll with cane juice and rice syrup. It contains not much salt nor sugar and it, therefore, doesn’t affect your appetite for the main meal.
5. Watermelon seeds snack
During summer you will notice a lot of watermelon being eaten in the neighborhood. Watermelon is loved by most in almost every part of the globe. However, the seeds can easily irritate you. So, instead of throwing them away, when roasted they become a great snack.
They mostly assume the caramel flavor yet they are a pack of nutrients. You can decide to consume the whole thing or try to open it so that you can enjoy the tiny piece inside. If you have never tasted it then you should compare it to the small sunflower seeds.
They are mostly roasted and are loved in both Asia and Europe. The seeds will help you lower your cholesterol level.
6. Haw flakes
This is a must-have in the snacks list. They are made using the Chinese fruit called haw and it’s from the hawthorn tree. This fruit is one of the most loved fruit in the country and for a reason.
It’s versatile since you could eat it the same way you eat regular fruits, used as a medicinal ingredient in Chinese medicine or added to your favorite soups and sweet treats.
Nevertheless, the candied version is very popular across Asia. Remember that these flakes will also help the little children in deworming. The little snacks you make using hawthorn fruit and sugar is meant to give you a sweet-tart taste. You will find them in a cylindrical shape.
7. Rice Snack
The rice snack is basically the same as the rice cracker which is an Asian favorite snack. Although it’s common in Japan today, it was first invented in China where they were using flour to make the snacks.
When it was introduced to the Japan community in the 11th century, they began using rice instead of wheat flour to make it. You may have it in forms of senbei or okaki.
Another common piece though is oriental rice snack or crackers which is popular among the Chinese. It has this spicy oriental mix and it’s ready to eat. They are free of cholesterol and other saturated fat. They are tasty and tempting to almost everyone.
They are simply made using the rice and then flavored with soy sauce, chilli, seaweed and sugar. They are low in calories compared to most other snacks.
Savory Chinese Snacks
8. Yang Rou Chuan
This is basically the mutton skewers which is popular among the Chinese people and mostly in Mandarin. It’s said to have originated in Xinjiang province of the North-western side of China.
Today, it’s common in the streets of Beijing and other cities across the world where you will find a large Chinese community.
It’s usually eaten alongside a cold Chinese beer as people are catching up on the latest updates. For most Chinese, these spicy morsels are best eaten in the evening. Once you taste them, you won’t make it resist the smoky flavor, spicy nature and savory taste.
We all love pancakes, right?
And like most other countries, this could act as the breakfast snack. It features a kind of savory crisp fried crepes which offers the bold flavors and rich texture. With this design, unlike the regular pancakes, the eggs are poured over the wheat and mung flour as it continues to cook.
You then add green onions and other kinds of vegetable spices but you eat it with the different sauces. This is mostly done on the cast iron plate. You see, its preparation is an art but wait until you take a bite. Chances are you will bid your bread breakfast farewell.
Here is the Jianbing recipe you only need 15 minutes to finish.
Chinese Packaged Snacks
These fried bread sticks are a breakfast delicacy that you may serve alongside the porridge, soymilk and scallion pancakes among others. They are eaten as snacks but you can also use them in part of your delicious recipes.
It features the two long sticks of fried dough that are stuck together. I find them chewy and sticky and what makes them addictive is the inviting aroma it’s also a form of oil snack.
Today, unlike the past, they are packaged and you can even buy them in packs. They are easy to prepare at home though where you can enjoy them in the company of soy sauce, hot chili oil and vinegar.
The only Youtiao recipe you need.
11. Wang wang snow cookies
This cookie will fall into your best sweets and savory kind of cookie. A single pack of wang wang contains two cookies that are the same size. You expect the savory taste at fast then the sweet one comes in later after you finish eating.
These cookies are easy to eat yet readily accessible in most shops. It features a blend of sweet, salty and creamy taste. For me, this is a reminder of my childhood days but I do enjoy them to date.
12. Dried squid
For most people, the fact that we enjoy the squid as a snack is not understood. But this is something we love especially in the evening along the streets of various cities.
Thankfully, different companies have discovered a way to make the squid dried so that we can all enjoy it through the day.
The packaged squid assumes a beige color. It’s shredded to edible pieces and it looks something close to cheese. They are chewy in texture yet sweet spicy and salty. You may also sense some creamy finish in the end.
Chinese Snacks for Kids
If there’s something that you will never grow short of, is the Chinese snacks for kids. There is a list of several must-haves. One thing about them though is that unlike the regular snacks from various other parts of the world, they aren’t about sugar.
You will find them spicy and filling most being close to your regular meal.
13. White rabbit candy
Every child who grew up or is growing up in China must know about this candy. I used to enjoy that I didn’t have to remove the paper wrap as it’s edible. Fast forward today and I’ve not come across anything like that.
This is a kind of milk candy that is popular around the Chinese New Year. It’s the role of the parents to place the candies in the candy boxes together with other sweets and let the kids and adults alike enjoy. They are a symbol of good fortune.
It has vanilla taste and you must be aware that in chewing it, you will most likely have it stick on your teeth. So, suck it instead or just let it melt in your mouth.
14. Pineapple buns
Most of the Chinese snacks are cooked in the streets and homes. With these buns, you don’t have any pineapple in the recipe although its surface assumes the cracked and golden brown color. The cracking forms a texture close to that of the pineapple exterior.
They are often made during breakfast as well as to accompany the afternoon tea. You will find it in Hong Kong predominantly but it has also spread across other Chinatowns in the world.
It’s loved by children and adults alike because of the sweetness, crunchiness and eye-catching nature.
Check out my step by step guide to make the perfect Pineapple Bun.
15. Curry fish balls
This is often eaten with radish. It’s another kids’ favorite street food. They are further easy to make at home. Our street vendors just take the deep-fried fish balls and cook them in a curry sauce that is delicious and spicy.
I have found that my kids who don’t enjoy eating fish always love the curry fish balls. They are a great way to get your kids to eat fish.
16. Gem biscuits
The biscuits are colorful which is eye-catching to kids. They aren’t originally from China but can be spotted in most shops in the country. I think children like them because they are colorful
Other kids’ snacks include:
- Haw flakes
- Orion fish crackers
- Put chai ko
- Egg tarts among others.
Chinese Popular Snacks
There are definitely many popular Chinese snacks some of which are more popular in their region of origin than others.
17. Turnip cake- lo bak go
I start with this because it’s my all-time favorite. It’s made by mashing your turnip that is seasoned heavily and then mixing with corn-starch, spring onions and sausages. You then must steam it until it’s cooked then panfry it to become golden brown.
Unlike your regular cakes that are mostly sweet, this one is salty, slightly sweet and so delicious.
If you want to make the Turnip Cake yourself, here is my ultimate guide.
18. Steamed bao buns
I don’t think you can pass by our streets and not see a few pieces of steamed bao buns being cooked.
You will have varying fillings depending on the part of China you are at or what you would like to eat for that day. They act as snacks because they are served as a take away in most countries. These ones are easy to eat on the way as they don’t make you mess up your clothing.
Some buns recipes I like:
Steamed Custard Buns
Other popular snacks:
Chinese New Year snacks
The new year festival happened to be the most important holiday for the Chinese. There is, however, special food that must be used during that time. Today we are interested in the snacks that are eaten during Chinese New Year festive.
I can’t stress enough how much this is a must-have snack during the new year festival. The snack that has its origin from Beijing is one of the traditional snacks that is made using the haw fruit.
Today, however, the snack features a candied fruit with the fruit being either the haw, strawberry, orange, or dates. Another feature is that you have the candied fruit skewered on the bamboo stick. The snack is a blend of both sweet and sour taste.
I recommend the Bing Tanghulu recipe if you like it.
20. Nian Gao
This is my other favorite new year snack. You can have the snack in yellow or white color to symbolize gold and silver. It’s a delicious glutinous rice cake that is auspicious to eat. The name means a higher year and this is interpreted as you have a promising year.
21. Fried dough twist
Although you can enjoy them at any time of the year today, the fried dough twist was initially a new year snack. You can have the dough twist as both sweet and savory. They are fried to assume the golden brown color.
You will find them commonly in the Tianjin city-China. There’s are sweet big and thick with other delicious ingredients to enhance the flavor.
Other Chinese New Year snacks:
- Peanut candy
- Tang gua-malt sugar candy
- Steamed buns
- Zi dou tang-bean candy
- Popped rice
- Ox tongue pastry
- Persimmon cakes
- Dried longans just to mention a few.
Note that, there are tons of Chinese New Year snacks the above ones are just a few of them.
Chinese Snack Box
Classic Asian Snack Box
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For those who would love to have a taste of Asia here is the classic snack box that has a few snacks from China, Japan and Korea. You get to sample both the sweet and savory snacks with the 20 different packs in the snack box.
It will work as the best gift for your loved ones as it suits the young and old. This is your package to show them that you care about them. It has candies, cookies, chocolates among other sweet and savory treats.
Chinese Snack Recipes
With all that said, you should know that you could also cook your own snacks at home. Below are some recipes to try when you want to try your creativity skills.
Chinese snack recipes
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10 Healthy Chinese School Snack Ideas
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With the return of the school year comes a fresh need for healthy snacks to keep little learners charged up and alert in the classroom. Perhaps your kiddo needs a mid-morning boost, an early-afternoon bite before the bell rings or a special reminder of home during school hours.
One of the best parts of grade school is eagerly opening your bag to see what treat Mom and Dad packed for you to eat. And parents, of course, would love for school snacks to be nutritious. Finding healthy, satisfying snacks is challenging enough at Safeway or Trader Joe’s, but what if it’s also important that your child’s school snacks incorporate a Chinese influence?
Emboldened by this challenge, I recently set out to canvas Chinatown and the other Asian markets in my neighborhood for healthy school snacks. The rules were simple — no junk food, chips, juice, cookies or candy. And everything had to comfortably fit in a backpack’s side pocket.
As you shop, the key is to carefully read labels. Choose brands that are clearly marketed for the United States. Avoid excess sugar, MSG and artificial coloring dyes. Patronize bakeries that don’t use preservatives or flavor enhancers. Buy local produce.
Here are 10 easy grab-and-go Chinese school snacks that will help you promote healthy eating habits and keep your kids coming back for more.
Your turn! What are your favorite healthy Chinese snacks to send to school with your child? Would you add anything to this list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
□ Fresh Fruit
Your market’s fruit section should be your first stop for healthy snacks. Sliced Asian pears and mangoes are terrific picks year round and it’s easy to send a clutch of lychees, longans or rambutan to school during summer months.
□ Miniature Bakery Favorites
Legions of kids munching on buns on Chinatown sidewalks attest to their popularity with the junior set. Snack-size versions of classics like roast pork buns, pineapple buns and hot dog buns make great choices.
□ Bakery Meals To Go
Chinese bakeries also sell more substantial savory pastries that are a perfect fit for a larger appetite. Many include Western ingredients such as corn, ham, tuna, cheese and green onions.
□ Singaporean Peanuts
Smaller and more flavorful than their Western counterparts, roasted Singaporean peanuts can be eaten by the handful. The best brands contain only peanuts and salt.
□ Soy Milk
Packing almost as much protein as cow’s milk, soy milk can be a preferable alternative to fruit juices. Choose a brand without preservatives, then check the label to avoid excess sugar.
□ Roasted Chestnuts
Some will say that nothing compares to chestnuts freshly roasted on a Hong Kong street corner (hi, Mom!), but these are pretty good, too. Seek out an organic brand and enjoy the nutty roasted flavor.
□ Haw Flakes
These little dried fruit discs are something of a classic Chinese candy substitute. Containing only fruit, sugar and water (avoid brands with red coloring dyes), haw flakes are fun to dissolve on your tongue.
□ Roasted Peas
Roasted green peas are pretty addictive snacks for kids and, ahem, adults will find they go well with a beer. Seek out peas that are seasoned simply without MSG and preservatives.
□ Dried Sweet Plums
These dried plums are something of an acquired taste, but if your kiddo likes them, they’re a great choice that contains only fruit, sugar and salt. If less tartness is preferred, dried mango or ginger strips could be a better choice.
□ Sesame Brittle
Chinese sesame brittle is analogous to a Western granola or trail bar. It’s also a healthier sweet alternative to candy, containing only sesame seeds, malt, honey and salt.
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10 Chinese New Year Healthy Snacks You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free
Chinese New Year is the time to reunite with relatives and friends. It is the season filled with food, family, and fun. But mostly food.
If you’re worried about being tempted by calorie-filled Chinese New Year treats, then this list is for you. Simple changes in your eating habits can allow you to enjoy your healthy Chinese New Year snacks without regret.
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A simple guide to healthy eating during Chinese New Year
You don’t always have control of the menu when you visit relatives or eat out. But you can always make better and healthier decisions.
Try these tips when it comes to healthy eating during Chinese New Year feasts:
- Eat a healthy snack before going out to meet with your friends or family. You will be less likely to overeat.
- Bring healthy snacks to share when you visit someone. A Mandarin orange is a traditional Chinese New Year snack which is healthy and delicious.
- Slow down. No matter how delicious everything looks, eat slow. It can take up to 20 minutes before your body realises you are full. Eating slower makes you eat less and you can enjoy your food more.
- Drink water or tea. Tea and water are great beverage choices. Both have few, or no, calories. The more you drink, the less you will eat. However, limit the amount of alcohol to avoid unwanted calories and fat.
- Save room for the main course by eating less appetisers and snacks. Remember, white rice has over 240 calories per serving.
- Make better snack choices. It is hard to resist the snacks you loved when you were a kid. It is okay to eat a few favourites, but don’t get carried away. Control portion sizes, and try to replace with healthier Chinese New Year snack options.
- Avoid the “F” word: fried food and dishes that contain lots of flour or fat.
- Don’t forget about exercising. Chinese New Year is the perfect time to gather your friends and family for some active outdoor fun.
- Homemade food is usually much healthier. Try to cook some Chinese New Year healthy snacks when possible
Traditional Chinese New Year Snacks
Everyone has a favourite Chinese New Year snack. Most of them are unhealthy. Here are 10 traditional snacks available at most Chinese New Year dinners. The average number of calories, grams of fat and sugar are listed. There is also a healthy alternative. You can find the recipes to make these healthy Chinese New Year snacks in the next section.
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A 20-gram portion contains:
- 113 calories
- 10 g of fat
- 0.8 g of sugar
Peanuts provide plenty of protein and vitamins, along with healthy monounsaturated fat. On the downside, even a small serving contains a high level of fat and calories. As an alternative, try Oven Roasted Chickpeas to save 83 calories and 8.5 grams of fat.
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A 30-gram portion contains:
- 150 calories
- 10 g fat
- 5 g sugar
Banana chips are delicious and crispy. But when bananas are deep-fried and coated in honey, they are no longer as healthy as you think. Cut out 72 calories and 9.7 grams of fat when you make your own Oven-Dried Banana Chips.
Open-Face Pineapple Tarts
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One 20-gram tart contains:
- 82 calories
- 4 g of fat
- 6 g of sugar
Sweet, chewy, and fruity, Open-Face Pineapple Tarts are one of the most popular Chinese New Year snacks. The tarts available in the local shops are loaded with fat and sugar. Candied Pineapple Chunks offer a chewy and fruity alternative which is almost fat-free.
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A one square serving contains:
- 229 calories
- 7.8 g of fat
- 24.5 g of sugar
Who can resist one, or more slices of this must-have Chinese New Year favourite? The rich, savory flavor is completely satisfying. It is too bad that Bak Kwa is loaded with fat, sugar and calories. Try making a healthier Honey Grilled Chicken Bak Kwa version. You will save 169 calories, and over 7 grams of fat.
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A 385-gram portion contains:
- 560 calories
- 42 g fat
- 15 g sugar
Yu Sheng is a must-have Chinese New Year snack. This classic Chinese New Year salad includes vegetables and slices of raw fish mixed with plum sauce, deep-fried crackers, plum sauce, and oil. Yu Sheng is special because it symbolises abundance in the coming year. Make a promise to increase your health, and try a Smoked Salmon Salad this year. You will save 354 calories and 26.2 grams of fat.
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A 33-gram slice contains:
- 157 calories
- 11 g fat
- 0 g sugar
It is hard to resist the rich, buttery taste of Kueh Lapis. This multi-layered cake looks as good as it tastes. Unfortunately, extra body fat isn’t as attractive. Instead, try the delicious and light Angel Food Cake. Save 10.9 grams of fat, and all that extra exercising.
Fried Nian Gao
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A 138-gram portion contains:
- 233 calories
- 12.6 g fat
- 16.5 g sugar
Eating Nian Gao on Chinese New Year symbolises a desire for growth in the coming year. Fried Nian Gao is delicious, but save 115 calories and 11.8 grams of fat by enjoying steamed Nian Gao instead.
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A three-cookie portion contains:
- 60 calories
- 0.6 g fat
- 5.1 g sugar
Most people can’t stop eating these tiny treats. Almost everyone remembers eating Kueh Bangkit as a child. Now that you are an adult, you know eating too many is unhealthy. Why not enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth, fat-free Meringue Cookie instead?
Fried Pork Dumplings
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A portion contains:
- 420 calories
- 22 g fat
- 0 g sugar
There is no doubt that Fried Pork Dumplings are delicious. Who doesn’t love juicy pork wrapped in a crispy, fried wrapper? But Fried Pork Dumplings can be a little unhealthy. Try steamed vegetarian dumplings instead; you can save 312 calories and 19.6 grams of fat.
Dried Shrimp Rolls
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A 45-gram portion contains:
- 228 calories
- 14 g fat
- 2 g sugar
Small and crispy, it is too easy to indulge in Dried Shrimp Rolls. The spicy, garlicky taste is also very addictive. Most Dried Shrimp Rolls from shops are deep fried in palm oil which is high in saturated fats. If you want to enjoy shrimp, try a Classic Shrimp Cocktail. It has 99 fewer calories and 12.5 less grams of fat.
Chinese New Year Healthy Snacks
Try these lower calorie, lower fat snacks to make your Chinese New Year healthier and happier.
Oven-Roasted Garbanzo Beans
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Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes.com
Makes: 12 servings | Preparation time: Approx 45 minutes
One serving contains:
- 30 calories
- 1.5 g fat
- 0.5 g sugar
- 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained
- 15 ml olive oil
- salt (optional), to taste
- chili pepper powder (optional) to taste
- Preheat oven to 230 degrees C.
- Drain the beans
- Take off as many skins from the beans as possible.
- Dry completely with a paper towel.
- In a bowl, combine garbanzo beans and oil. Add optional seasonings. Toss to completely coat beans.
- Spread garbanzo beans in a single layer on an oiled sheet pan. Place the garbanzo beans in the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 35 minutes until brown and toasted.
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Recipe adapted from: Yummly.com
Makes: 8 servings | Preparation time: Approx 3 hours
One serving contains:
- 80 calories
- 0.3 g fat
- 10.8 g sugar
- 6 ripe, peeled bananas
- 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 100 degrees C, or the lowest setting on your oven.
- Cut bananas into thin 0.5 cm slices.
- Place banana slices in a single layer onto a wax-paper lined sheet pan. You may need more than one sheet pan, or you can cook in batches.
- Juice the lemon. Make sure to remove all the seeds.
- Brush banana slices with lemon juice.
- Bake in the oven until completely dry, about 1.5 – 3 hours.
- Remove from the oven. Place banana slices on a wire rack to cool completely before eating. The banana slices will get crispier as they cool.
Candied Pineapple Chunks
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Recipe adapted from: Food.com
Makes: 20 servings | Preparation time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
One serving contains:
- 105 calories
- 0.05 g fat
- 23,7 g sugar
- 1 pineapple, cut into 3 cm cubes
- 250 ml water
- 500 ml light corn syrup
- Peel the pineapple. Remove the core, and throw away.
- Cut the pineapple into 3 cm cubes.
- Bring sugar, water, and light corn syrup to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Carefully add the cubes of pineapple to the saucepan. Adjust the heat to avoid splattering. Stir frequently. Cook until the pineapple chunks are translucent.
- Strain the pineapple cubes.
- Cool on a wire rack into dry.
- Store in an airtight container.
Honey Grilled Chicken Bak Kwa
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Recipe adapted from: iTazzoHomeStyle.com
Makes: 12 servings | Preparation time: 30 minutes.
One serving contains:
- 60 calories
- 0,4g fat
- 0,8g sugar
Ingredients The meat mixture:
- 300 grams chicken breast
- 30 grams caster sugar
- 15 ml rice wine
- 30 ml fish sauce
- 30 ml sweet soy sauce
- 5 grams of ground black pepper
- 15 grams corn flour
The basting sauce:
- 30 ml honey
- 20 ml sweet soy sauce
- 50 ml vegetable oil
- Put all the meat mixture ingredients into a food processor. Process on low until the chicken is finely minced. Make sure all ingredients are combined evenly.
- Remove the meat mixture from food processor. Put in a bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- Lightly oil a baking sheet. Place chilled chicken bak kwa mixture onto the baking sheet.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and press to form a thin, even layer.
- Put all of the basting sauce ingredients into a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Remove the plastic wrap from mixture. Brush the meat with a thin coating of basting sauce.
- Bake in your oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Carefully turn over the chicken bak kwa, then lightly brush on more basting sauce.
- Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Let the chicken bak kwa completely cool on a wire rack.
- Cut into serving pieces.
- Store inside an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Smoked Salmon Salad
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Recipe adapted from: Food.com
Makes: 4 servings | Preparation time: 15 minutes.
One serving contains:
- 205 calories
- 15.8 g fat
- 1.8 g sugar
Ingredients The salad:
- 200 g smoked salmon, cut into thin strips
- 1 package of mixed salad greens
- 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 30 g capers, minced
- 60 ml olive oil
- 5 ml balsamic vinegar
- juice of one lemon
- salt, to taste
- black pepper powder, to taste
- Put capers, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Slowly add the olive oil while whisking until the dressing thickens.
- Add the mixed greens, smoked salmon, and cucumbers to the dressing.
- Lightly toss to coat.
- Place mixed greens and cucumbers on a serving plate.
- Put the smoked salmon on top of the vegetables.
Angel Food Cake
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Recipe adapted from: Food.com
Makes: 16 servings | Preparation time: 50 minutes
One serving contains:
- 125 calories
- 0.1g fat
- 20.6 g sugar
- 120 g cake flour
- 120 g sugar, divided
- 12 egg whites
- 7 g cream of tartar
- 1 g salt
- 8 ml vanilla extract
- 2.5 ml almond extract
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
- Sift cake flour with 60 g of sugar.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt to form soft peaks.
- Add the remaining 60 g of sugar to the egg white mixture. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in the flour mixture, vanilla extract, and almond extract slowly. Combine well, but don’t over mix.
- Pour batter into an angel food cake pan.
- Use a knife to remove air bubbles from batter.
- Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until cake feels like a sponge.
- Remove from the oven and let cake cool before removing it from the pan when the cake is cool, remove it from the pan.
Steamed Nian Gao
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Recipe adapted from: Food.com
Makes: 8 servings | Preparation time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
One serving contains:
- 118 calories
- 0.3 g fat
- 16.5 g sugar
- 515 g glutinous rice flour
- 130 g brown sugar
- 210 ml boiling water
- 150 g Chinese dates
- 15 ml milk
- 15 g white sesame seeds
- 15 g vegetable oil
- Additional water, for steaming
17 Best Asian Snacks You’ll Love!
The best Asian snacks is a highly discussed topic among Asian food lovers. As Asia grows as a tourist hotspot, we find that local tidbits have also grown popular online. Accordingly, we have included both sweet and savoury nibbles in this list that we think you should try!
You may buy many of these treats online. We found a large variety of choices coming from China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia. You can order these delicious treats for a bite to eat at the comfort of your home.
Please note that the links provided under each Asian snacks description are for purchases from Amazon. In the case that they cannot be ordered via Amazon, we may provide a link to another online commerce store that sells the popular treats.
Pineapple cake is a Taiwanese snack which is popular all around the world. We deem this Asian snack suitable for gifting your family and friends when you return from your visit to Taiwan.
You will usually see the treat in the shape of a square or rectangle. Also, the pineapple cake is made up of a pineapple jam filling that is encased by shortcrust pastry. Though named as ‘cake’, this treat resembles something closer to a biscuit or hand pie instead.
As a delicious mid-day snack, we observe more people searching online for its recipe.
The classic pineapple cake usually just consists of a tangy jam filling. However, you may find all sorts of Asian snack recipes that add on to the classic pineapple cake.
You can also order pineapple cake online to be delivered to your home address, if you are looking for a quick bite.
Yuki and Love Pineapple Cake
Popularised by the very famous Japanese kids show in the ’90s called ‘Doraemon’, this popular afternoon treat is one of the best Asian snacks on our list.
Dorayaki is made up of two Japanese-style pancakes that sandwich a sweet filling. The original version of the Dorayaki has crushed sweet Azuki red beans as a filling.
You can discover Dorayaki in various sizes. Indeed, we can find them in small or big sizes to fit our appetite at the time.
If you visit the shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is referenced in the kids’ show, they even serve a dinner plate-sized Dorayaki! You can choose to share these speciality-sized Dorayakis.
However, you will find that most shops offering dorayaki close to the size of a common doughnut.
Apart from the original filling, we found modern versions of the Dorayaki that are served with different types of fillings.
For instance, popular ones are chestnut jam, matcha cream with Azuki red beans and chocolate cream fillings. You may order variations of this Asian snack online via websites such as Amazon.
Dorayaki Japanese Pancake Original
Seaweed Rice Crackers
Another common one is the seaweed rice crackers. Many tourists are introduced to this crunchy treat when they buy an Asian snack mix to eat.
The mix will usually include this umami-filled goodness. This treat is a popular one that many tourists buy in bulk and distribute to their friends and family when they return home.
This snack is made of rice crackers that contain dried seaweed bits to add the extra flavour. We found that many of them are also gluten-free. Consequently, it has grown in popularity among tourists who visit East Asian countries.
Though each piece of this refreshment is lightweight and not so filling, we can attest that once you have a bite, it is definitely hard to stop eating. If you are missing this Asian snack, do not fret as you can always order it online!
Gluten-Free Rice Crackers – Seaweed
What is the most popular Asian snack in the world? Kitkat is without a doubt one that competes for that title. Though Kitkat originates from the United States, this snack started having a cult following due to the successful marketing campaign by the company in Japan.
In Japanese, the name of this chocolatey treat acts as a pun that means ‘absolutely victorious’, which has been used in many of their advertising campaigns.
On top of that, KitKat received many reviews from people around the world. This is due to the unique flavour variation Kitkat offered in Japan. One of the most popular flavours is the Uji Matcha Green Tea flavour.
From there, Kitkat in Japan continually manufactured limited edition flavours that can only be found in specific areas in Japan. Hence, this created a great opportunity for touristic adventures for many fans of the KitKat brand. Currently, you can purchase the many different varieties of Asian snack on Amazon.
Uji Matcha Green Tea KitKat
These egg rolls 蛋卷 are a popular Asian snack that can be found anywhere in China, as well as in Chinatowns all over the world.
In comparison to the savoury Chinese spring rolls, these egg rolls are cookie-type treats that are crispy and sweet. It is usually made of eggs and sesame, though many variations to the traditional delicacy can be found today.
The egg rolls are sometimes known as ‘love letters’. With such a lovely name, the egg rolls are especially popular during the Lunar New Year period where food plays a large role in the auspicious celebration.
Tins of egg rolls are usually passed around as gifts to family and friends. Due to its simple yet delicious taste with a deep cultural meaning, this treat is one of the best Asian snacks you should try.
Ching Kee Egg Cookie Rolls
Haw Flakes 山楂餅 is a delicacy that has beaten the test of time. This confectionery type treat originated from China, but has now extended its reaches throughout Asia, Europe as well as the Americas. Truly, a classic treat among those who grew up in Asia, Haw Flakes is a healthy Asian snack.
It is made with hawthorn fruit and only three other ingredients. Wrapped in a simple paper casing, the flakes are light treats that you could munch, nibble or suck on when you are feeling peckish.
This delicacy has a good balance of sweet and sour that would leave you wanting more.
Due to its popularity, Haw Flakes have grown to become a staple flavour that has been incorporated into different Asian snack recipes. These include Haw Flake flavoured soft serve, butter cake, layered cake and more.
Manufactured by the Korean company, Lotte, this Asian snack is a popular afternoon or after-meal treat in Japan.
Yukimi Daifuku is a thin mochi dumpling that is filled with ice cream. Offered in many flavours, the classic version consists of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a layer of white rice cake.
The name Yukimi directly translates to ‘snow-viewing’ which relates to the seasonal activity of watching snow in Japan.
During the spring season, the sakura flavoured version of Asian snack is sold as a limited version to correspond with the ‘hanami’ or ‘sakura-viewing’ seasonal activity that is popular.
The Yukimi Daifuku is favoured by many all over the world that even merchandise like mini-soft toys of the treat is made. With plenty of discussions of the popular Japanese treat can be found on forums on Reddit, we subsequently knew we had to add it on the best Asian snacks list.
Not available on Amazon UK or US unfortunately
Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
Similar to its South African counterpart, the Chinese Pork Jerky is a savoury delicacy that we recommend you try. Also known as ‘Bak Kwa’ which is Fujianese for ‘dried meat’, this treat is commonly made of a mix of dark soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, five-spice powder and cooking wine for its marination.
The barbecued jerky is wafer-thin and immensely a joy to eat and chew on. Though some may find this Asian snack weird, many people look forward to this treat as it is usually only served during festivities.
For many people, the Chinese Pork Jerky is one that you purchase from shops that specialise in making it. However, there are also many recipes online that you can find to make the Asian snack at home.
Moreover, there are also halal versions of the Chinese Pork Jerky that you could attempt making.
Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
Chen Pi Mei
Chen Pi Mei 陳皮梅 is perhaps one of the most popular candies in China.
Essentially a fruit candy, this tidbit is a chewy soft black candy that has a strong citrus peel flavour. Made of mandarin citrus peel as well as plum, this sourish candy is a traditional treat that has made it into our best Asian snacks list.
Chen Pi Mei is a common childhood tidbit in Asia which is cross-generational. It is one of the traditional treats that you will find many shops offering as a simple giveaway to please your sweet cravings.
Chinese herbal shops, in particular, would always offer this sweet and sour candy to counter the bitter taste of the concoctions.
Chen Plum Candy
White Rabbit Candy
The best Asian snacks list would not be complete if it did not include the White Rabbit Candy. Another traditional Chinese candy that has been around since the 1930s, this sweet is a creamy milk candy that is wrapped in rice paper.
This sweet candy is particularly memorable as many would first find it weird that the rice paper wrapper is edible.
Originating from China, this nibble is now distributed globally and can be sourced easily from Amazon. Similar to Haw Flakes, we found this Asian snack becoming a key ingredient to many modern dessert recipes. Some of them include White Rabbit cookies, ice cream, bubble tea and more.
As a tip, hold the white rabbit candy in your hands for a minute to soften the candy. Once it is soft, pop it in your mouth to chew its creamy deliciousness.
If there is one candy you should buy from China, make White Rabbit Candy the one you bring back home.
White Rabbit Creamy Candy
Honey Butter Chips
Haitai’s Honey Butter Chips from Korea contends to be one of the best Asian snacks today. Coating deep fried potato chips with butter as well as honey, this sinful treat is very delicious.
Highly rated online, this potato chip is sweet, salty and buttery simultaneously.
This relatively new entry into the food industry blew up when it used K-pop stars to market the treat. Of course, Honey Butter Chips continued to grow in popularity. This is due to its own merits of being a rich and flavourful tidbit.
We highly recommend that you try this Asian snack the next time you are craving for one. Equally, honey butter almonds produced by the same company are great too.
Haitai Honey Butter Chip
Want Want Rice Crackers
Originally from Taiwan, the Want Want Rice Crackers, also known as Wang Wang, is famous throughout Asia. This humble treat is mainly made of rice with salt seasonings that give its simple flavour.
Though rice crackers are ubiquitous in Asia, this rice cracker has dominated in terms of branding in many countries, especially in South East Asia.
Each packet consists of 20 smaller packets with 2 pieces in them. As a very light snack, some may even eat this Asian snack as an appetizer to fill their bellies.
There are varieties to the Want Want Rice Crackers but the most popular one is its classic salted rice cracker. Now, you can order the Want Want Rice Cracker from online stores like Amazon for you to stock up in your Asian snack cabinet.
Want Want Senbei Rice Crackers
Hello Panda is a Japanese treat that is popular and memorable, especially due to its cute Panda mascot. They are packaged in an easily identifiable hexagonal box with panda cartoons printed on them.
A hit with kids, this cream-filled biscuits are a must-try treat. Due to its large popularity, we have included it in our list of best Asian snacks.
Hello Panda that is manufactured by Meiji, consists of a small shortbread layer that is filled with either chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or any many more flavoured creams.
True to its Japanese roots, Hello Panda also offers seasonal flavours like sakura and matcha green tea. These Asian snacks can be ordered online from anywhere in the world.
Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Assorted Filling
We believe that Calbee’s Jagariko deserves a spot in our best Asian snacks list. Indeed, Calbee proves that you can package fried potato sticks in a box and still retain its crispy goodness.
When you open the packaging, you will find that the potato sticks are finger-length and pencil-thick. You can easily carry it around as the treats are packaged in a cup container. Jagariko is a very popular Asian snack among the Japanese and those who have visited Japan.
Its most famous flavour is the ‘salad’ flavour which is made of carrots and parsley mix. Furthermore, the cheese flavoured Jagariko is also highly rated.
However, we would like to recommend that you definitely try their Hokkaido Butter flavour. We would not want you to miss the rich and creamy butter that is infused in this Jagariko.
You can get your Jagariko fix easily nowadays without having to travel to Asia. You can order this Asian snack online to be sent to your home address.
Calbee’s Hokkaido Butter Jagariko
Wasabi Green Peas
This Asian snack is a healthy entry in our list. The Wasabi Green Peas is crowd favourite throughout many Asian communities.
Made up mainly of green peas and wasabi, this treat is packed with umami that you would not want to stop eating once you start. We find that small packets of Wasabi Green Peas are usually included in Asian snack mixes.
You can find many recipes online on how to make this Asian snack. However, we observe that the desired results are difficult to achieve. If you are looking to fulfil your craving quickly, we suggest ordering the Wasabi Green Peas online.
You will find many manufacturers offering this treat. However, we recommend Khao Shong’s Wasabi Green Peas to order online.
Khao Shong Wasabi Green Peas
Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
We also include the savoury Dahfa dried fish fillet in our top snacks from Asia list. This Asian snack is very popular in South East Asia. For example, many in Singapore and Malaysia consider this treat as a childhood snack.
Similar to other tidbits on this list, the dried fish fillet is one that is often gifted during festive occasions too.
Obvious from its name, Dahfa is made up of dried fish that is then processed and cut into thin fillet strips. We find the fish fillet strips to be mildly chewy and full of flavour.
At first sight, we thought that the Asian snack was meant to be shared. However, once we tried it, we felt like just eating it all to ourselves! Indeed, Dahfa fish fillet strips are addictively delicious!
Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
Orion Choco Pie
Are you are riding the K-wave and are looking for a Korean snack? We recommend trying Orion Choco Pie, which is one on our best Asian snacks list.
It is made of a marshmallow filling that is sandwiched by two fluffy biscuits covered in chocolate. Thus, we think Choco Pie is the perfect Korean treat for your afternoon break.
Apart from its classic marshmallow and chocolate flavour, Orion in recent years has released new flavours. They include strawberry jam, banana, pistachio, berry and more.
Orion Choco Pie was inspired by an American treat. This chocolatey tidbit is now widely distributed in South Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia.
Interestingly, Choco Pie has also grown in popularity in North Korea. We observe that there are several reported events in North Korea that referenced this popular Asian snack.
Orion Choco Pie
Best Asian Snacks
With so many Asian snacks options available to order online, here’s our list to summarise the top snacks to try:
- Pineapple Cake
- Seaweed Rice Crackers
- Egg Rolls (蛋卷)
- Haw Flakes (山楂餅)
- Yukimi daifuku
- Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
- Chen Pi Mei (陳皮梅)
- White Rabbit Candy
- Honey Butter Chip
- Want Want Rice Crackers
- Hello Panda
- Calbee Jagariko
- Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
- Wasabi Green Peas
- Orion Choco Pie
Think we missed your favourite treat from Asia? Let us know by dropping an email to [email protected]
Thinking of having a snack or a light meal? We recommend you consider eating Dim Sum. It is a type of Chinese cuisine that is usually eaten between breakfast and lunch.
The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Supermarket Snacks
There are few greater pleasures than eating snacks from around the world, whether while traveling abroad or from the comfort of one’s own hometown. Growing up in the Midwest, it was always a weekend treat to stop by our local Chinese mart and leave with a haul of pantry staples, vegetables, and other products we couldn’t find in the international aisles of big box supermarkets — and, of course, the chips, crackers, and candy that, in my mind, are forever linked to that distinct childhood experience.
Informed by those collective years of snacking, here are 17 favorites that can be found in most Chinese marts. Many are classics; some are more recent. Not all of them are even “Chinese,” strictly speaking; in many locales, Chinese supermarkets also function as broader Pan-East Asian stores, stocking Japanese or Korean goods alongside those from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. But they are all, in my opinion, worth trying:
Want Want senbei
Senbei is a type of Japanese rice cracker with roots in imperial China’s Tang dynasty. One of the main senbei brands you’ll find in Chinese supermarkets is Want Want, a Taiwanese manufacturer. The crunchy crackers come in multiple varieties, like sweet-salty (pictured on the left) and a mouth-smacking umami flavor (right).
Spring onion crackers
Another great cracker is the savory scallion or green onion kind, which tastes exactly how you’d imagine. One brand that’s worth trying is Pop-Pan, which makes a round, buttery cracker dotted with sesame seeds and green onion seasoning.
Sachima are one of my childhood favorites. Traditionally made from flour, butter, and rock sugar in Manchu cuisine, the version you’ll find most often in stores nowadays combines a sweet, eggy taste with a soft, chewy texture. There are sachima with raisins, sesame seed-studded sachima, even chocolate-flavored sachima — but, above all, I would recommend the “original” kind for first-timers.
At their best, cream wafers are a light snack for satisfying a sweet tooth. At their worst, they could be described as “like thin planks of styrofoam sandwiching layers of cream that taste faintly of strawberry.” Ah well, either way, I could house half a packet of these.
Sesame egg roll cookies, complete with a tin container
Egg roll cookies
Not to be confused with the egg rolls you might get from takeout, these crispy cookies known in Chinese as 蛋卷 are crisp and flaky. They sometimes skew a bit dry, so best enjoyed with a nice beveragino. While there are multiple brands on the market, you might consider the kind sold in classic red tins so you’ll have a new container to store sewing supplies for years afterward.
Yes fine, Pocky is a Japanese snack, but it has long been a staple of Chinese and other Asian supermarkets, even before big box retailers like Costco started selling them. The popular confectionery-coated biscuit stick is available in a huge variety of flavors. I’d recommend starting out with the classic chocolate before leveling up to strawberry, matcha, and less widely attainable flavors like cookies and cream, mint chocolate, and sakura.
Another Japanese treat turned Asian snacking symbol, Yan Yan predates Dunkaroos, its closest American equivalent. Each cup comes with crisp biscuit sticks — which, in the 15 or so years since I last regularly bought them, have become inscribed with quotes and cartoon animals? — that are dipped in slightly-too-sweet frosting. Delicious.
Hello Panda (strawberry) and Koala’s March (chocolate)
You might already be familiar with these cute filled biscuits, which are often mistaken for each other but are made by different brands (Meiji Seika and Lotte). Listen very carefully when I instruct you to try the strawberry flavor of pandas and the chocolate flavor of koalas, not the other way around. Can be microwaved briefly or refrigerated for different eating experiences.
Sweet, fruity, and colorful, these little cups of jelly — often sold in big ol’ buckets — are as delightful to look at as they are to eat. Consuming them basically involves peeling off the top wrapper, affixing one’s mouth to the edges of the cup like a vacuum seal, and inhaling in one swift, unflinching slurp (but don’t go too fast, lest the jelly shooter become a choking hazard). Other jelly varieties to try include ones in straws and ones in pouches.
Chinese and other Asian supermarkets offer a plethora of fruit gummy candy. I would recommend the lychee flavor in particular, most commonly sold by Japanese brand Kasugai.
Haw candy, with 山楂卷 on the left, haw flakes on the right
Chinese hawthorn is such a good fruit!!!! I wish for everyone the joy of tasting this sweet, tart flavor. One such way is through haw flakes, which are essentially flat, dry, candy discs packaged in short rolls. A lesser-known — although, in my opinion, better tasting — form of haw candy is 果丹皮 or 山楂卷, sort of like a stickier, more intensely flavored fruit leather or rollup.
White Rabbit candy
So iconic that there are White Rabbit pop-ups and merch, this milk candy is creamy, chewy, and pretty much a national candy of China. Each one is wrapped in a layer of edible rice paper, which dissolves on the tongue.
Peanut and sesame candy
Sesame and peanut candy
These candies — which bear some resemblance to brittle or nougat — typically boast a satisfying crunch and a nutty, aromatic taste.
Shelled or unshelled, savory or sweet, peanuts are a common fixture in Chinese households, especially when guests come over for cards, drinks, or a long chat. Some flavors that are commonly available include garlic, five spice, and fermented soybean curd. Go for shelled when you’re in the mood to work for your food, unshelled when you don’t mind shoveling nuts down by the handful.
Bread, buns, and other baked goods
Not all stores have a fresh bakery section, but if yours does, grab a couple of treats, like a pineapple bun or a sponge cake.
You should always take a supermarket run as an opportunity to stockpile as many Asian drinks as you can. My go-to is milk tea; I’m partial to Japanese brands like Kirin, which I personally find to be smoother and less sweet, but there are usually at least a few different options, including Chinese and Taiwanese brands.
Brown sugar boba ice cream bar
Brown sugar boba ice cream bar
Hot off the brown sugar bubble milk tea craze that has spread from Taiwan to overseas these past couple years, there is now a creamsicle that tastes remarkably similar to the drink, complete with chewy tapioca pearls. If you like brown sugar boba, you’ll probably like this.
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90,000 Chinese cuisine | Nutrition Recipes
Dec 15, 2016
Healthy lunch: chicken with peanuts in soy sauce
Rubric: Recipes for meat dishes
Today for lunch we will prepare a dish similar to the popular Chinese dish gongbao – chicken in soy sauce with fried peanuts. It turns out just insanely delicious, no worse than in a restaurant. At the same time, as always, it is healthy and nutritious.
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Oct 10, 2016
Healthy snack: spring rolls with red fish and vegetables
Category: Salad recipes
An original and tasty healthy snack: spring rolls with red fish and vegetables.
The calorie content of one sheet of rice paper is about 30 kcal. The calorie content of one roll will turn out to be no more than 60-70 kcal.
Soy sauce for serving
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Aug 31, 2015
Healthy lunch: beef with noodles and vegetables in Chinese style
Heading: Pasta, Meat recipes
I have again a very tasty and interesting Chinese dish for lunch: Chinese beef with noodles and vegetables.
Ingredients (for 2-3 servings):
Durum wheat noodles: 130 gr.
Lean beef: 200 gr.
Champignons: 5-6 pcs.
Broccoli: 150 gr.
Cornstarch: 1 tsp
Owl sauce: 2 tablespoons
Oyster sauce: 2 tablespoons
Olive oil: 10 gr.
Ginger: 1 tsp
Garlic: 2-3 cloves
Onions: 1 pc.
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Aug 04, 2015
Healthy lunch: Chinese noodles with shrimp and chicken
Heading: Recipes for meat dishes, Pasta
Another option for a tasty, unusual and healthy lunch: Chinese noodles with shrimps and chicken.It seems that mixing chicken and shrimp is not the best idea, but such a combination is not only traditional for Chinese cuisine, it is also insanely tasty, satisfying and healthy. The dish, by the way, is very simple to prepare, but it turns out no worse than in many restaurants.
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Jul 28, 2015
Healthy Chinese Meat Cakes
Rubric: Recipes for meat dishes
A very tasty dietary and healthy lunch: Chinese meat cake.No complicated ingredients are required for cooking, and the dish turns out to be unusually tasty and unusual.
From the number of ingredients listed below, I made 5 tortillas. The calorie content of one cake is about 186 kcal.
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90,000 Chinese cuisine – dishes, recipes, soups, salads, snacks, hotter than Chinese cuisine
Features of the national cuisine
Contemporary Chinese cuisine presents a variety of recipes, differing in regional characteristics, but united by a characteristic set of products: rice, noodles, vegetables, soy.They are boiled, fried, stewed, baked, steamed, dried, salted, pickled, etc. At the same time, they try to follow the main rule – the pieces of food should be small.
There is no single cuisine in China. In different regions of the country, as a result of the influence of different climatic conditions and the availability of different products, their own culinary traditions have developed. For example, in coastal areas, fish dishes predominate, most often carp, which was previously considered a treat for emperors. In the rest of the country, various types of meat are popular: beef, pork, poultry.They are used to prepare broths used as a base for soups and main dishes.
Exotic products such as various insects, dog and cat meat, turtle meat, shark fins, and snake meat remain popular. The appearance of these products in the menu of the Chinese is associated, on the one hand, with the lack of food among the peasants, on the other hand, with the desire of wealthy individuals to decorate their dining table with unusual dishes.
Popular Chinese dishes
The variety of Chinese cuisine and the resettlement of representatives of this culture around the world made it in demand not only in the Middle Kingdom.A large number of restaurants have been opened in Europe and Russia, where national dishes of China are prepared. Tofu with vegetables, chicken with various sauces, or shrimp with salt and pepper are a must on the menu of a traditional Chinese restaurant. But, often, these are festive dishes. The variety of Chinese dishes is much wider than that presented in restaurants. To experience authentic Chinese cuisine, you need to visit China.
Thanks to globalization, Chinese cuisine at home has become possible in Russia as well.Peking cabbage, ginger, soy sauce, rice and Chinese noodles are always available in stores.
Sauces in Chinese cuisine
Sauces occupy a special place in Chinese cuisine. They fall into two broad categories: light and dark. The main ingredients are wine and rice vinegar, soy sauce, fresh or dried ginger, chili pepper, honey.
Sweet and sour and spicy sauces are considered the most popular in the Chinese cuisine menu. The first can be recognized as universal: it is served with meat, fish and vegetables.The second is used as a dressing for Chinese noodles or rice, and as an addition to meat and seafood.
Chinese cuisine at home
Traditionally, we go to a national restaurant to enjoy Chinese dishes, but this does not mean that they cannot be prepared on our own. The necessary ingredients can be purchased in supermarkets today, and then everything depends on your ability to accurately follow the recipe description.
Try it and make sure that homemade Chinese cuisine is not inferior to restaurant dishes in terms of the quality of preparation, moreover, it significantly benefits in cost.Our recipes and detailed recommendations will make your family menu more varied and healthier.
90,000 Chinese cuisine: features, popular dishes, what to try in China
China is a country with an ancient history that is very different from Western countries. That is why China is dominated by specific cultural, literary and musical trends, as well as its own culinary preferences and traditions.
Chinese cuisine is striking in its versatility and diversity: from province to province, taste preferences can change dramatically: in the north they prefer meat dishes, in the east they prefer seafood, in the center they are spicy, in the south they are fresh, and in the west the cuisine is more like Central Asian.
For this reason, the concept of Chinese cuisine is not entirely correct, it is divided into several main areas, which differ from each other both in products, sauces and spices, and in cooking technology. In addition, in China, there is a wider variety of flavors than in the west (there is such a thing as fresh, golden, numb Sichuan spicy and other tastes).
What is Chinese cuisine?
It should be clarified that there is no strict concept of Chinese cuisine.Dishes vary greatly from region to region, and sometimes from city to city or even village. Let’s list the main directions of Chinese cuisine:
Shandong Cuisine (Lu / 鲁菜) – the most seafood in China.
Shandong and Liaoning provincial cuisine. Due to the seaside nature of the region, a large number of seafood and fish, various soups are used here.
From the taste characteristics, one can single out a preference for the original taste of products, with a minimum amount of spices and sauces. Fried and stewed dishes prevail.
The most famous representatives of Shandong cuisine are: squid in sweet and sour sauce, sea cucumber with onions.
Among the specific dishes, one can single out products from swallow’s nests, which are distinguished by their high cost, as well as various shrimp delicacies with the addition of various greens.
Sichuan cuisine (Chuan / 川菜) is the most spicy cuisine in China.
Distributed in the Sichuan province and in the southwest of the PRC. They are particularly pungent, and have their own flavor Mala 麻辣.Mala’s flavor can be described as a “numbing pungent taste” and is due to the use of a special Suchuan pepper.
Fish, river crustaceans, meat, mushrooms are used as products. Dishes are mostly boiled or stewed.
The most famous dish of this cuisine is HotPot or Hogo (Chinese samovar). Spicy Mapo tofu and Gongbao chicken can also be considered a kind of visiting card of this province.
Cantonese Cuisine (Yue / 粤菜) is the healthiest cuisine in China.
It is considered the healthiest and most natural in China, in which the natural taste of the products is preserved.
Distributed in Guangdong and Hong Kong. This cuisine is popular in the west, as most of the Chinese expats around the world are from this region.
Due to the proximity to the sea, seafood and fish, an abundance of vegetables and herbs, pork and poultry meat prevail here.
Cantonese cuisine is characterized by a bland taste – with almost no spice added with minimal heat treatment, most dishes are steamed or simmered. The most famous Cantonese dishes: Sweet and sour pork, dim sum, white chicken, pigeon stew, scrambled eggs and oysters.
Suzhou cuisine / (Su / 苏菜) is the most exquisite cuisine.
Distributed in Jiangsu province. The main ingredient here is river fish and the gifts of the Yellow Sea.
Suzhou cuisine is mostly sweet.
In the restaurants you can order a variety of fish soups and carp served with orange sauce.
Cuisine of Fujian Province (Min / 闽菜) and Taiwan Island.
It is also called Fujian, Minh or Hakka cuisine.
The dishes here are characterized by light flavors, which are prepared with the addition of rice wine. In the process of cooking, various shellfish and seafood are used, including such exotic ones as shark fins, fish swim bladders, etc.
Northeastern Chinese cuisine (东北菜) is the closest in taste characteristics to Russian.
It is common in northeastern China: Harbin, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, and among our compatriots it is called Dongbei cuisine.
It is characterized by an abundance of dishes of meat, potatoes, noodles, and dumplings. Salty and sweet taste predominates in the dishes, and only salt and pepper are used as spices.
Here you can find such familiar dishes as: garlic sausage, dumplings, sauerkraut, sweet and sour pork and even jellied meat.
Chinese restaurants in Russia mainly prepare northeastern cuisine.
We advise you to try meat in Gobaozhou batter, meat in strips in fish sauce and stuffed eggplant.
Zhejiang cuisine (Zhejiang) – it is based on fish and rice.
When preparing dishes, river and sea fish are used, to which bamboo is added. The proprietary recipe is the so-called “rogue chicken”, during the preparation of which the bird is wrapped in lotus leaves, after which a layer of clay is applied to it and baked in the oven.
8. Hui dishes from Anhui province. Local recipes use medicinal plants and natural ingredients. The signature dish is the meat of a rare animal called civet, which is offered boiled.
The most common side dishes in this country are rice, followed by noodles and numerous flour products (donuts, dumplings, etc.)
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What is there in China?
Peking duck / 北京 烤鸭
Tourists should definitely try this delicacy in China. A popular recipe is offered in many restaurants, but not all duck is cooked using the correct technology. The weight of the “correct” duck should be up to 2.5 kg.The birds are raised on special farms. The quality of the meat depends on many factors, including the ingredients in the sauce and the type of wood used to cook the dish. The poultry is fried and then cut into 120 pieces in the presence of the guests of the restaurant. Then the dish is poured with sweet sauce, decorated with onions and pancakes. This delicacy is ideal for a small company.
Hot pot / 火锅
This is not really a dish, but rather a way of making and serving it.The Chinese are friendly and hospitable people, they often get together in large groups. The chefs invented the so-called “hot samovar”, that is, a set of ingredients that are served with a pot, it has an element for heating. The pot contains broth with products ordered by a restaurant visitor (for example, meat or fish). The ingredients are served raw, thinly sliced; the guests themselves must boil the products. They are prepared quickly enough, but you should not rush too much, especially when cooking seafood (otherwise you can get poisoned).Another subtlety: this way of serving the dish assumes a company of visitors, so the delicacy is not suitable for lonely guests.
Dim-Sam / 点心
These are Chinese snacks, which are small dishes and are designed for just one bite. They are small dumplings, meatballs and other snacks served in steamer baskets or on a small plate. Dim Sum can be eaten with Chinese tea, this combination is a traditional Cantonese breakfast.Many Chinese people prefer to eat this dish at noon, during tea drinking – in the south there is such a concept – afternoon tea (下午茶), which implies a snack of dim sum with green tea. As for the fillings of dumplings, they can be different (meat, vegetables, shrimps, crab caviar).
Dim sum also includes spring rolls,
Chicken Gongbao 宫保鸡丁
Chicken Gongbao is one of the most famous Chinese dishes in western countries. It consists of finely chopped chicken with nuts (peanuts or cashews) with a special sauce, and sometimes with the addition of red pepper.
Wontons 云吞 and dumplings 饺子
Despite the fact that in Russia dumplings are considered to be a truly Russian dish, this dish came to us from China more than 600 years ago and has already become traditional. Wontons (in the south) and dumplings (in northern China) were known as early as 1,800 years ago and are considered traditional Chinese dishes. Dumplings in China are a must on New Year’s table, and wontons are traditionally consumed on the winter solstice.
As for the fillings for dumplings, there are more than a hundred of them in China: with pork, lamb, beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, crabs, peanuts, corn, herbs, mushrooms and many other combinations.Wontons are usually made with meat or seafood and are served with soup. In China, dumplings are prepared by boiling, frying and steaming.
In eastern China, there is a variety of wontons – hundongs, as well as xiaolongbao – steamed dumplings with broth inside.
Sweet and sour pork (锅 包 肉 / 糖醋 里脊) 90 130
No less popular dish, both in China and in Russia and other countries, is pork in sweet and sour sauce. Moreover, in China there are several variations of this dish, in the north of China it is cooked in batter and called Gobaozhou 锅 包 肉, and in the south – Tang zu lidji 糖醋 里脊.Currently, dozens of variations of this dish have appeared from various types of meat and chicken.
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1. Chinese cuisine is very varied. IN
it is different for every Chinese province. For example, in the north of the country
the main product is noodles,
and in the south – rice.
2. However, noodles and rice are the most
common products of China. They are eaten throughout
3. In ancient times, China did not
used neither knives nor forks while eating, as they used to
used as a weapon. Thus, most of the dishes
Chinese food is prepared in the form of chunks that can be taken immediately
send into your mouth without biting off.
4. Chinese eat practically
all parts of plants and animals, therefore they have a waste-free production
food.But what a variety of Chinese dishes!
5. Traditional Chinese Breakfast
from rice, rolls, rice
porridge, bread, pancakes, as well as tea or soy
6. Main lunch dish
from meat with rice or vegetables or noodles.
7. Most Chinese products possess
healing properties. For example, traditional Chinese tea with success
can be used to prevent allergies.
8. Chinese cuisine is low in calories.In it
a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as seafood, in which absolutely
9. When the Chinese use the phrase
“Flavorful meat”, they mean dog meat.
10. Chinese chop-sui stew was invented
but by Chinese immigrants.
11. China has its own rules
table behavior. For example, during a meal, you can eat a dish,
which is placed to the side of the eater, and not directly in front of it.
12. The Chinese are very fond of tea and drink it
multiple times throughout the day.
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90,000 Chinese cuisine – 303 recipes with photos, we cook Chinese cuisine step by step, ingredients
The Chinese attach great importance to food, and when they meet, along with the common phrase “how are you”, they may ask: “Have you eaten today?” For this reason, Chinese recipes are distinguished by the variety and richness of ingredients.China’s culinary traditions differ from region to region. In the north, the most popular dishes are noodles, unleavened bread, boiled and fried dumplings, while in the south they prefer spiced rice and other rice products. The Chinese love everything hot and spicy, so garlic, ginger, hot pepper, cumin, anise and other spices are found in almost all Chinese recipes.
You can easily master Chinese recipes at home if you use our tips and tricks.And for this you have to stock up on spices and soy sauce, which Chinese chefs add to almost all dishes. You will love this kind of food, because Chinese cuisine is full of vegetables and herbs, so it can be called healthy. In recipes with photos of Chinese cuisine, you will also find exotic products – seeds, lotus roots and bulbs, bamboo shoots, as well as tree mushrooms. In addition, Chinese housewives love to decorate dishes with flowers. All this makes the cuisine of this country unique and inimitable.
The brightest dishes in the culinary culture of China are canned eggs sunghuadang, fermented “stinky tofu”, chicken legs marinated in various sauces, duck necks, and cow stomachs. The Chinese even eat duck and lamb heads, which are considered excellent beer snacks. They love everything unusual here, and in the store you can find very strange combinations for us, for example, potato chips with honey or chocolate.
The site contains the most popular recipes close to our taste habits with photos of Chinese cuisine, which are suitable for cooking at home.You will learn how to make Chinese squid with pork with vegetables, funchoza with vegetables, mushrooms and mussels, Chinese wonton soup with dumplings, buckwheat noodles with beef and kiwi sorbet. You will love Chinese cuisine and will add spice to your daily menu!
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