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Chinese dishes are not something unfamiliar. In fact, they are already popular internationally Chinese food chains are everywhere around the world. There are famous, classic Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken, sweet and sour pork, or Peking duck. They already have their own fans around the world because they are delicious. However, there are still many other Chinese most people have not known yet. Those are regional cuisines that most likely to be lesser-known but not less mouthwatering. 

Regional Chinese dishes to try

You can go travelling in China and try out different foods to the fullest. There are many of them that you won’t run out of ideas of what to eat next. For your information, Chinese foods are not only about delicious foods, they have their own classifications based on geographical locations. Here are recommended lesser mainstream Chinese foods you should totally try:

Hunan cuisine is lesser known because Sichuan’ is already popular around the world. However, Hunan cuisine is one of the best when it comes to spicy cuisine. Hunan even has dedicated folk song to chili. Hunan cuisine is rich in flavor because they always include salt, oil, and chili. Most recommended dishes from Hunan you must try include Duo Jiao chopped fish, Hunan green pepper fried pork, spicy braised pork, steamed sparrow ribs with black fermented beans, and many more. Hunan is a great place to taste the real spiciness. It is a paradise for spicy foods lovers. 

Shandong cuisine is also lesser known internationally. However, this is such a great variety of dishes you should truly try. It is a sophisticated culinary art during ancient emperors around 2,500 years ago. You might be surprised to know that they have 11 ways of deep-frying foods. Shandong cuisines are special especially in the way they are cooked. Chef’s skills are crucial here because they have to know how to control even the fire while cooking. Sometimes, a dish takes hours to make. Recommended dishes from Shandong you should try include ba chicken, yi pin tofu, and many more. 

Fujian cuisine is also special event though it is less known to international audience. The cuisines use special, unique seasonings. The chef usually use extraordinary knife work while preparing the dish. One of the most famous cuisines from Fujian is Fotiaoqiang or translated as Buddha jumps over the wall. It represents Min cuisines, the highlight of this province’s cuisines. Other famous foods include sweet and sour lychee pork, rouyan pork dumpling, yam paste with gingko nuts, and many more.

Yunnan cuisine is also highly recommended if you are food travelling in China. The best part of their cuisines is the balanced flavors and fresh ingredients. The best ingredient to try is fresh wild mushrooms. You also should try their goat’s cheese, Rubing. Recommended Yunnan dishes include Guoqiaomixian. It is a dish consists of vegetables, herbs, fish, and rice noodles, served in delicious piping hot chicken broth. This dish is perfect during cold weather. The taste is not overwhelming but rather balance and delicious.