While Chinese cuisine can wary quite a bit from region to region, some iconic dishes remain the same no matter where you are in China when you eat them, apart from a few regional quirks. Here are our top five Chinese dishes you must try.

1. Hotpot

Hotpot is a dish you can get all over China. The secret to a good hotpot rests solely in the broth. Xi An China hotels and restaurants have their distinct broth that varies from others. The possibilities with hotpot are endless.

2. Sichuan Pork

Sichuan pork comes from the Sichuan province. Loyal to the local style of cooking, this pork dish is spicy and oily with a very numbing and distinct peppery taste.

3. Braised Pork Balls in Gravy

The meat quality is the cincher in braised pork balls with gravy. If you get good quality meat, this dish which is the Chinese equivalent of spaghetti and meatballs but with a lot more flavour is the way to go.

4. Shrimp Vermicelli and Garlic


Shrimp Vermicelli and Garlic
Shrimp Vermicelli and Garlic| Img via wallpaperflare

The younger generations and foreign visitors to hotels such as Grand Park Xian will often order the Garlic Shrimp with Vermicelli which is a modern seafood dish made from the freshest shrimp.

5. Dumplings

Dumplings come in various shapes and sizes and meat flavours depending on which region of China you are in. It is quite possible to eat your way through China in only dumplings and still not have tasted them all!