The best way to immerse yourself in Chinese culture is by sampling its street food. So if you’re ready for some intercultural mouth-watering deliciousness, watch this video of the top 5 Chinese street foods and prepare to salivate uncontrollably.
In every direction, vendors wait by roadside stalls selling traditional street cuisine—sometimes from early in the morning until late at night. Each vendor has a specialty. Some vendors simply sell raw fruits and vegetables, while others have the means to cook your food right in front of your eyes.
And beyond just consumption, the street food scene is entertaining in its own right. Watching a skilled vendor prepare their speciality dish can be more fun than eating the food itself.
5. Ròu Jīa Mó (Meat Sandwich)
Number five on the list is ròu jīa mó, which literally means “meat sandwich,” or “meat burger.” It consists of thick pita bread stuffed with pork, chicken or fish, then vegetables like cilantro and diced green pepper are added. Some vendors bake the sandwich bread in their own portable oven. Others fry it.
4. Huǒguō (Roadside Hot Pot)
Number four is Chinese roadside hot pot, or huǒguō. Bamboo skewers are neatly threaded with a supermarket’s worth of vegetables and meats. You can choose from tofu, lamb, chicken, pork, mushrooms, cabbage, kale and sausage-on-a-stick, just to name a few. Basically, you can just point to whichever skewers you’d like, and the vendor dips them in boiling oil for a few minutes before serving it to you.
3. Jiǎozi (Steamed Dumplings)
Number three on the list is jiǎozi, or steamed dumplings. This meat-packed Chinese treat is commonly served in sit-down restaurants, but you can also find it being served fresh in roadside stalls. If you spot a steamed dumpling vendor, do yourself a favor: order a bowl, sit down on the little stool, and enjoy this mouth-watering deliciousness.
2. Shǒu Zhuā Bǐng (Hand-Grabbed Pancake)
Number two, goes to shǒu zhuā bǐng, which literally translates to “hand-grabbed pancake.” This variation of the fried scallion pancake originated in Taiwan, but is sold just about everywhere in mainland China. Honestly, the best part about ordering a fresh roadside pancake is watching the vendor prepare it.
1. Jīan Bing (Chinese Crepe)
At number one on our list is jian bing. It’s a crepe made from a batter of wheat and grain flour that’s fried on a griddle with eggs and is often topped with scallions, a crunchy fried cracker, and a thick soy glaze. Each vendor prepares it a little differently, and it’s worth trying every variation. This roadside snack will never cease to amaze my taste buds, and that’s why it reigns supreme as the number one Chinese street food.
I love everything about street food. In fact, if Chinese street food was a girl, I’d marry it. With so many mouth-watering street foods to choose from, it was difficult to narrow it down to a top 5. Be sure to like this video and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.