Chinese cuisine is famous all over the world for its unique flavor, wide variety, and long history culture. Tasting the authentic Chinese dishes evern becomes one of the reasons of traveling to China. However, ordering food in a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese menu is not a piece of cake. The list of Chinese dishes below includes the most popular and common food in China. Save the list will help you order food easily in a Chinese restaurant.

Duck & Goose (鸭, yā ; 鹅, é)

Peking Duck, as one of the trademark dish of China, is in the must-to-do list for travelers to China. It attracts not only international tourists but also domestic citizens to travel to Beijing.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Peking Duck 北京烤鸭
(běi jīng kǎo yā)
Crisp and fat Beijing
Roasted Goose 烧鹅
(shāo é)
Crisp and juicy Guangzhou

Chicken (鸡, jī)

Kung Pao chicken is one of the most famous Chinese dishes around the world. Of course it is not the only way to cook chicken in China. Check which one interest you in the list below.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Kung Pao Chicken 宫保鸡丁
(gōng bǎo jī dīng)
Spicy with little sugar Chengdu
Spicy Deep-fried Chicken 辣子鸡
(là zǐ jī)
Very spicy Chongqing
Xinjiang Big Plate Chicken 新疆大盘鸡
(xīn jiāng dà pán jī)
Not very spicy but salty Xinjiang
Beggar's Chicken 叫花鸡
(jiào huā jī)
Crisp and soft Changshu
White cut chicken 白切鸡
(bái qiē jī)
Delicious and fragrant Guangzhou

Pork (猪肉, zhū ròu)

Pork is one of the most common ingredients in a Chinese ordinary family feast. There are dozens of cooking ways to cook pork. We only pick 8 of them just as typical.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs 糖醋排骨
(táng cù pái gǔ)
Sweet and sour Hangzhou
Fried Pork in Scoop 锅包肉
(guō bāo ròu)
Sweet, sour, crisp Northern China
Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple 菠萝咕咾肉
(bō luó gū lǎo ròu)
Sweet and sour Guangzhou
Pork with Salted Vegetable 梅菜扣肉
(méi cài kòu ròu)
Fat and salty but not greasy Hakka
Braised Pork Belly 红烧肉
(hóng shāo ròu)
Fat but not greasy All over China
Chinese barbecued pork 叉烧
(chā shāo)
Fat and appetizing but not greasy Guangzhou
Dumpling 饺子
(jiǎo zi)
Pork stuffing and vegetables in the crust Northern China
Twice-cooked pork slices 回锅肉
(huí guō ròu)
Spicy but appetizing Chengdu

Beef (牛肉, niú ròu)

Not like pork and chicken, ways to cook beef is not that many. The most common dish with pork is Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil 水煮牛肉
(shuǐ zhǔ niú ròu)
Spicy but appetizing Chengdu
Stir-fry Beef 小炒黄牛肉
(xiǎo chǎo huáng niú ròu)
Spicy but appetizing Changsha
Stewed Beef Tenderloin Chunks 红烧牛腩
(hóng shāo niú nán)
Delicious and soft Southern China

Fish (鱼, yǘ)

Steamed fish is quite usual to see on a Chinese menu. It is one of the most popular dishes for whom like to taste the original flavor of fish.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Steamed Bass 清蒸鲈鱼
(qīng zhēng lú yǘ)
Tasty Southern China
West Lake Fish in Vinegar Sauce 西湖醋鱼
(xī hú cù yǘ)
Sweet and sour Hangzhou
Chilli Steamed Fish Head 剁椒鱼头
(duò jiāo yǘ tóu)
Spicy Changsha
Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chili 酸菜鱼
(suān cài yǘ)
Spicy and little sour Chongqing

Noodles (面条, miàn tiáo)

Noodles are widely seen on a Chinese menu, especially in northern China. Each city has its own typical noodles dishes just like a trademark. The list below will tell you how do these different noodles look like and how to read them.

English Chinese Flavor Original Area Image
Zhajiang Noodles 炸酱面
(zhá jiàng miàn)
Noodles with soybean paste Beijing
Lanzhou Stretched Noodles 兰州拉面
(lán zhōu lā miàn)
Stretched noodles with beef soup or mutton soup Lanzhou
Sliced Noodles 刀削面
(dāo xiāo miàn)
Thick noodles with beef soup Datong
Youpo Noodles 油泼面
(yóu pō miàn)
Broad noodles with chilli powder and hot oil Xi'an
Hot Dry Noodles 热干面
(rè gān miàn)
Noodles with chilli sauce Wuhan
Wonton noodles 馄饨面
(hún tūn miàn)
Thin noodles with wonton Guangzhou
Dandan noodles 担担面
(dàn dàn miàn)
Sichuan noodles with peppery sauce Chengdu

Further reading:
Bullet Train from Beijing to Shanghai: Timetable, Tickets, Prices
China Entry and Travel Restrictions in 2021
Baggage Rules of China Rail