Top Ten Chinese Food to Try | 5

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4. Dim Sum

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A main feature of southern, Cantonese Chinese food, 点心 (diǎnxin) is a favorite of both Chinese and internationals!  The idea of Dim Sum is to share small portions of many steamed dishes.  Sharing is caring!  Popular items include barbecue buns, chicken feet, bean-flavored spare ribs, cakes, and shrimp dumplings.  

The activity of talking with family/friends and sharing dim sum is called “drinking tea.”  This is usually done on a Saturday or Sunday, late morning to late afternoon.  

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China’s Top Ten Influential Business Leaders

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People throughout the world has heard of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.  These innovative business leaders of America have inspired millions and (even in death) continue to influence the industry.  However, there is an emerging group of Chinese business leaders that you must know about (Learn about China’s greatest inventions).  You simply must become familiar with them because they are disrupting the world trade order, and it is a swift movement.

Perhaps to your surprise, you have heard of or even own some of these entrepreneurs products, for example: Lenovo.  Other companies on this list, you will likely hear of within the next few years.  Another set strictly heard of in the Chinese world and may never become popular abroad.  Most importantly, whether you are familiar or not, they are all tremendously important and influential! (Learn how to do business with China)

For your convenience, I have put together a list of these leaders and their company.  They are rated by their entrepreneurship, influence, and effectiveness.  Here it is, the best list of Top Ten Influential Chinese Business Leaders:

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6. Biang Biang Noodles

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Biang (简体).svgBiang (简体).svg面 (biángbiáng miàn) is a testament to China’s humor, creativity, and love for food, all in one!  The character for “Biang (简体).svg” (biang) is the Chinese language’s most complex word, with 43 strokes to write it!  Although there is a humorous story behind this word, the focus here is the Chinese food!  

Biangbiang noodles are extremely wide and long and come in a variety of flavors.  If you want to try the best, you need to travel to Xi’an, home of the Terracotta Warriors.  Domestically, they are one of China’s biggest tourist attractions.


5. Little Dragon Buns

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A pinnacle of Shanghai Chinese food, 小笼包 (xiǎolóng bāo) are similar to Chinese dumplings except one defining difference.  Little dragon buns are filled with soup!  Be careful not to burn yourself or make a mess on your clothes when eating these!  Although some of the best made buns are in Shanghai, these delicious “little dragons” are easy to find across the nation.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Ten Best Chinese Ingredients: Traditional Chinese