For people who live in China, breakfast is a meal they take seriously. If you travel there, you will find each region will have its own style of breakfast dishes.
In this article, you are going to discover five delicious and famous Chinese breakfasts from different states in China. (Warning: this will make you hungry!)
1) YOUTIAO AND SOY MILK
Forget about milk or coffee and churros, Chinese people are obsessed with youtiao and soy milk. Youtiao and soy milk are a famous combo. They are not just tasty but very convenient for people who need to go to school or work in the morning as they are sold on every corner.
Soy milk is light, fresh and healthy, while youtiao (fried breadstick) is additive because it is full of aroma and is crunchy. This combination is delicious when you put the youtiao into the soy milk. After absorbing the taste and moistness from the soy milk, youtiao becomes a soft and juicy dessert.
2) XIAO LONG BAO
This breakfast dish is from the region of Jiangnan. It is a type of steamed bun with soup filled inside. The famous soup inside the steamed bun is made by wrapping pork filling together with meat aspic and putting them into the skin of the bun. Aspic is another form of meat stock which turns into ‘jelly’ because of the natural gelatine that is found in the pork. When the buns are steamed, the aspic melts and becomes the delicious soup.
People in Shanghai will queue for a long period of time just to taste quality xiao long bao. However, if you are a first timer, be careful because the soup in the bun can be burning hot. Good advice is to eat the top of the bun first, so eventually the heat will come out, then blow into the bun to let it cool down.
3) SPICY NOODLES IN CHONGQING
This noodle from Chongqing is for lovers of spicy food. People who live in Chongqing love having Chongqing noodles in the morning just like their love for hot pot at night.
The spicy noodles are made with plain noodles seasoned with red oil, vinegar, ginger, scallion and sugar. Sometimes there will be fried meat sauce, braised beans, braised beef or marinated pig’s intestines on top of the noodles. This hot breakfast is cheap but tasty.
4) BIANG BIANG MIAN
Biang Biang mian is a type of hot oil noodles that is a very popular and interesting dish from the Shaanxi region.
The recipe for making Biang Biang mian is easy, however, there are many ways to serve it. The original version of the Biang Biang noodles uses wide and thick hand-pulled noodles, sprinkled with chili flakes, heaps of hot chili oil and soy sauce for seasoning.
The Biang Biang mian also has a homemade version which people will add simple ingredients for the toppings, for example, some raw veggies, or simple stir fried or marinated bean sprouts.
In restaurants, Biang Biang noodles might have lamb, chicken or beef placed on top.
5) BITTERN FLAPJACK
If you have never tried bittern flapjack, you have not really been to Beijing! Bittern flapjack is a very famous traditional dish in Beijing. Pig lungs and intestines are be cooked together in a big pot with blood tofu, bean curd and are be sold with hot soup.
To many people from western countries, lungs and intestines are probably not something they will have for breakfast, but these things are full of aroma.
Chinese food is abundant and rich. Whether you want sweet, sour, spicy or salty, you will find it for breakfast in China.
If you have tried any Chinese breakfast please comment down below and tell me what is your favourite dish!