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Chinese Food

The way to a country’s soul is through its food. Come with us on a delectable food journey as we trace the foodie map from north to south, east to west of China.

What’s the most popular drink in China? Not coffee – at least not yet! It’s 奶茶 ♦ nǎichá, or milk tea, the beloved drink you can buy in China at any corner. Today, let’s look back and trace the history of Chinese milk tea together.   Origins The way of drinking tea by adding dairy to it – namely,...
This week, we are going to look at the Chinese names of popular Western chains, famous among locals and foreigners alike. But first, let’s see what names you already know – or perhaps can guess. Look at the first picture and try to put a name and a label of the chain together:   Exercise | Chinese Names...
China pays great attention to courtesy, even when it comes to food culture. Dining etiquette is deep-rooted in the Chinese history, table manners and distinctive courtesies are two indispensable parts of an enjoyable dining experience. In this article we will offer you a few advice on what you need to pay attention to when eating...
Imagine you arrive home from work in the evening – with zero energy left to cook dinner. Naturally, you’d think of ordering a takeaway. But how challenging is it to order in Chinese? Perhaps you aren’t confident enough to speak Chinese on the phone; on top of that, the artistic, often complicated names of Chinese dishes can...
Every month at That’s Mandarin we organize a few cultural activities and events for our students and their friends. Everyone who is interested in learning about the Chinese culture or just wants to have fun is welcome to our events. This month, one of the events was the Bizarre Food Event, where we brought multiple...
Hot days, cold days, mild-weathered days,… It doesn’t matter; noodles are a staple food that can be eaten at any time, especially in China. While most foreigners would steer clear of soup noodles in the summer (due to the heat!), Chinese people wouldn’t say no to a bowl of delicious noodles dish. Here is our...
Dōngběi 东北 refers to the north-eastern part of China which covers 3 provinces: Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning. It used to be known as Manchuria. 东北菜 Dōngběi cài Dongbei-style food Dongbei-style food is perhaps one of the most underrated Chinese cuisines compared to Sichuan, Cantonese or even Xinjiang food. Dongbei cuisine consists of different types of...
China is famous for its cuisine. What is so special about Chinese cuisine is that the color, smell and taste are equally important for judging Chinese dishes. That’s why Chinese people regard eating as an art. In China, different regions produce their own local dishes and snacks. Consequently, people from different regions of China have...
Chinese dumplings (Jiǎozi) are said to be over 1400 years old. They are popular in almost the whole of China but are considered one of the staple foods in North China. They’re usually eaten throughout the year and especially on special occasions such as Chinese new year. While most foreigners have heard of or tried...
Chinese Breakfast For The Soul There is a Chinese saying that goes “eat breakfast till you’re full, eat lunch well and eat less at dinner”. The idea is that you should not skip breakfast as it is the fuel that gets the engine started in the morning. Here is the list of Chinese breakfast that...
We all know that there is a lot of difference between Western and Chinese cooking styles, food, drinks etc, but partly due to different climates and geographical locations, Chinese fruits are also quite different to what we would regard as a ‘normal’ fruit. These unusual fruits are a must-try while you’re visiting or living in...
Hot pot is the “fondue of the east”, but with broth instead of melted cheese or chocolate, and with raw vegetables and meat instead of bread and fruits. The Chinese fondue has been around for more than 1000 years, long enough for it to evolve into different variations. While the idea remains the same, i.e....
Chongqing is one of the most notable city in China for spicy food. Its cuisine is also known as Chuan Cuisine, owing its name to Sichuan province where it formerly belonged. Today Chongqing is a direct-controlled municipality of China (like Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin). Like Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing dishes are made with plenty of chilli...