China is known for its diverse and exotic cuisine. Each nook and corners from every province is filled with various foods to choose from that will surely satisfy your taste buds. From the spiciness of cuisine food in the Sichuan province, to the deliciously made Cantonese style noodles in the Guangdong province, there’s always a food for everyone to try out. Among the insane amount of dishes that China has to offer, there are six of them that offers a unique experience you’ll never find in others. Let’s take a look at these dishes down below.
- This is a desert that consists of powdered turtle shell combined with various herbs. Back in the days, it is used as a traditional Chinese medicine and also sold as a desert. What makes it unique is that it’s only the desert in the Chinese market that contains powdered turtle shell.
- The benefits you can get from eating Guilinggao is healthy skin. Other benefits also include itch relief and improved blood circulation. You can get the Guilinggao at the Kung Wo Tong located at 87 Percival St, Bowrington, Hong Kong.
- This is also known as Pidan preserved egg, thousand-year-old egg, and among others. Century eggs are just duck or quail eggs that’s been preserved in saline solution for several weeks, or even months. They may look like regular eggs in the outside, but the inside of it possesses a different side of the story. The process involves alkaline salt that increases the pH value inside the egg. This chemical reaction turns the egg white into a dark, translucent jelly. While the egg yolk on the other hand, becomes dark green with a creamy substance. This process turns regular eggs into eggs that has a strong cheesy flavor.
- According to a myth, the first century egg was made 600 years ago during the Ming dynasty period. A farmer that’s residing in the Hunan province found duck eggs in a pool of calcium hydroxide, which had been used for the construction of his residence. Having found the eggs, the farmer tried to replicate the process, and he found out that including salt in the mixture improved the egg’s flavor.
- Stinky Tofu is just an extremely fermented Tofu that carries a strong smell that will turn people off before they even try the food itself. But if you’re a person that loves eating blue cheese, then you’ll surely love stinky tofu as well.
- Legend says that stinky tofu was first made during the Qing dynasty period. There was a person named Wang Zhihe who sells tofu for a living. He had a large amount of unsold products where he put them into an earthen jar. Days has passed and Wang discovered that despite the tofu’s foul smell, it still tastes great. Stinky tofu then gained popularity as time goes by.
- Stinky Tofu production may vary depending on the location you’re at. One of the most popular and famous stinky tofu is found at Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. The outside skin is crispy that has a pleasant spicy flavor on it.
- Stinky tofu has become a beloved snack throughout the country. It can be found in various cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, and more.
- To make things easier, bamboo rice is just rice cooked in tubes of bamboo. It’s also known as “Fragrant Bamboo Rice” because of its pleasant smell. This dish is composed of rice, meat, spices, and water all sealed inside a fresh bamboo. The bamboo is then roasted over a fire. Once cooked, the smell of bamboo will take over the dish that adds to the flavor. Bamboo rice are usually made by ethnic groups residing at the mountainous regions in China.
- There are two types of Bamboo Rice depending on how its prepared. We have the regular bamboo tubes and the fragrant bamboo tubes. Fragrant bamboo is also known as Tinwa Bamboo. When roasted, the plant releases a unique fragrant flavor that blend in with the rice and other ingredients. Rice prepared in Tinwa Bamboo remains fresh for 10 hours and can be enjoyed both hot or cold.
- Bamboo rice that’s prepared using regular bamboo tubes is popular among ethnic groups such as Bulang, Laku, Jinuo, and Hani. These people tend to hunt in remote mountainous areas and make bamboos as pot and bowl alternatives.
Fried Bee Larvae
- If you want to go exotic, then the fried bee larvae is for you. Bee pupae is widely popular in the streets of China. This is because it is high in protein and low in fat, making it ideal to eat especially for those who wants to go healthy. The dish can be prepared both stir-fried or steamed. The fried bee larvae is also sweet in flavor which will really satisfy your taste buds.
- This dish can be found on China provinces such as Yunnan, Guizhou, and Zhangjiajie. Meanwhile in the Zhangjiajie area, the wild Giant honey bee also known as the Apis dorsata is a favorite among the Tujia people.
Bird’s Nest Soup
- This soup is made using the nests of swiftlets also known as Aerodramus Fuciphagus. These birds construct their nests using their own solidified saliva. Once dissolved in water, the nests create a gelatinous texture that’s perfect as a soup ingredient. This dish is rich in vitamins such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and more. A single serve will cost you $100 and above which is quite costly.
- Because of its expensive nature, bird’s nest soup are often served during special occasions only such as weddings. However, some restaurants in China offer this dish in their menus for those people who can afford. If you stumble upon Hong Kong, don’t forget to visit the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant if you want to try out their bird’s nest soup.