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8. Beijing Sesame Seed Cake

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Who says Chinese don’t eat bread?  These little cakes may look like something ordinary.  However, they are actually very special.  Cross between an American biscuit and a British Scone, the 烧饼 (shāo bing) is easy to find on the streets of Beijing.  

Unlike sesame buns, these dense cakes have a strong sesame taste, infused with unique Chinese seasonings.  These tasty cakes are well deserved on this top ten list of Chinese food!

7. Dandan Noodles

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Finally, we reach our first noodle dish!  Not only did the Chinese invent noodles, they have perfected them through the preparation of hundreds of different noodle dishes!  担担面 (dàndàn miàn) consists of thin wheat noodles, spicy red oil soup base, ground pork, green onions, dehydrated soybeans (for crunch-factor), bok choy, and vinegar.

As true for many of these dishes, dandan noodles may be prepared in a number of ways; however, the traditional Sichuan recipe must have spicy peppers and ground pork!

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红烧肉 – Red Braised Pork

9. Chinese Dumplings

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Of all the dishes on this list, 饺子 (jiǎozi) is the most classic Chinese food. Although eaten year round, Chinese dumplings are a traditional food for the Chinese New Years.  During this time, families will make the dumplings by hand.  Flavors vary from all vegetable to pork and cabbage.  Virtually anything can be placed inside.  

The dish is most commonly served with a sauce for dipping.  While everyone’s sauce is different, it usually consists of garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and Shaoxing rice wine.

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Do’s and Dont’s to Make Your China Trip Better | 2


1. Don’t Over-pack

Especially if your trip to China is short, there is no need to pack much more than clothes and some necessary personal effects.  Shelves of Chinese markets are full of recognizable and trustworthy western brands, including Pantene, Colgate, Nike, Kellogg’s, and Nestle.

Instead of packing extra socks and large-sized tubes of toothpaste, save yourself some back-ache later by purchasing these items as needed while traveling in China.  If possible, just take one backpack.  The transportation hubs that you will be frequenting are extremely crowded.  The fewer the baggage, the less the hassle of pushing through these huge crowds.

2. Do Prepare for the Two P’s

That’s staggering Population and appalling Pollution.  Travelers and expats in China often let these two P’s get in their way of enjoying their vacation or work experience.  At all costs, don’t let yourself be defeated by the mental pitfall of these two problems in China.  China is a developing country and is nowhere near the living standard level as any western country!

There are many ways that one can get ready for these two societal problems of China.  Firstly, be open-minded.  Understand that these issues have developed out of circumstances that the average Chinese person has no control over, so avoid blaming anything on the commoners that you come across on your journey.  Secondly, do some research and watch videos.  Get an insight at to what it will feel like before plunging into this vastly different society.  

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Ten Best Chinese Ingredients: Traditional Chinese Cuisine


Spice Mouse!

You want to become a pro at cooking authentic Chinese food?  It’s actually very simple!  You only need ten traditional Chinese ingredients to be the star of any family gathering or potluck!

We learned in the previous food post about the “Top Ten Chinese Food to Try.”  Now we will learn what it takes to cook almost all of those dishes.  Your newly discovered cooking ability will be the talk of all your friends and family.  Let’s get started!

10. Lao Gan Ma


老干妈 (lǎo gān mā) is perhaps the most interesting on this list of Chinese ingredients.  Of the ten, it is the only man-made one.  However, this sauce has become so popular that restaurants now serve dishes like “Chicken Lao Gan Ma Noodles.”  Anymore, most families will have this in their pantry, and so should you!

There are multiple flavors, but their bean chili pepper is the most common.  It mostly consists of chili oil, dried chili peppers, and black beans.  It also contains some special seasons that make Lao Gan Ma so addicting!

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重庆火锅 – Chongqing Hotpot

Poo poo platter, General Tso’s chicken, and Mongolian beef are some of our favorite Chinese dishes.  While this fare has its own unique culinary intrigue, they are all distinctly different from the Chinese food of the Middle Kingdom.  For some, this article may be a perspective changer, and for others, it could bring about nostalgia.  For all, it will cause mouth watering!

Additionally, learn how simple it is to order these dishes at a Chinese restaurant with the help of our short guide at the end!

10. Garlic Spicy Cucumber


Meant to be eaten on a hot summer day, 酸辣黄瓜 (suān là huángguā) is a mainstay for most Chinese dining tables.  Depending of the region and personal tastes, garlic spicy cucumber comes in a wide range.

For instance, the garlic-loving people of Xi’an prefer larger raw pieces while Southern Chinese versions will have a lighter taste. A bite of China wouldn’t be complete without a try of this versatile dish!

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History of China’s Territorial Disputes


While China’s territorial disputes in the South China Sea take all the media coverage of China these days, China’s territorial disputes have been a hot topic of discussion since the 1950s.  Every decade, China has shifted its attention to a different country to argue claims.  Beijing opted for easy prizes with smaller countries first and then moved onto larger, more controversial zones as China became stronger.  

By 2016, China had disputed territorial claims with every single neighboring country…

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Do’s and Dont’s to Make Your China Trip Better | 1


Taking a trip to China is thrilling as it is nerve-wrecking at times.  A lot of anxiety comes from the confusion of how to prepare.  It’s a common experience for anybody that has never been to China before (and even for some that have already gone!).  The most common problems or questions that people have will be addressed in this Do’s and Don’ts guide to having a better trip to China.

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