Midnight Snack Video: Top 5 Chinese Street Foods

From Kevin Cook of Monkey Abroad: Street food is a hallmark of Chinese culture. 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 specialty dish can be more fun than eating the food itself. If you are a foodie and you love trying new things, then looking into this may be the best way for you! You can also check out websites like The Nutrition Insider to see what you can do to add variety to your pallet.

Number Five: Ròu JÄ«a Mó-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.

Number Four: HuÇ’guŠor Chinese roadside hot pot-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.

Number Three: JiÇŽozi, 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.

Number Two: ShÇ’u ZhuÄ BÇng 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.

Number One: Jian Bing-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.

Thanks and credit to Kevin Cook of Monkey Abroad (and everyone else involved in the making of this video) for the mouth-watering descriptions and terrific footage-you made us really hungry.

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One thought on “Midnight Snack Video: Top 5 Chinese Street Foods

  1. Jiǎozi is my number 1 !! Ate those all the time when i studied in Beijing.