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The Most Common Breakfasts in China

Breakfast the first meal of the day, you slept for many hours and you are starving. So what common Chinese breakfasts look like, in china cereal isn’t really common. what’s the difference between Chinese breakfasts and west breakfasts. Here we will introduce what most people in China like to eat for breakfast.


1.Youtiao , Deep-fried Oil Dough stick

Youtiao, the most popular Chinese breakfasts , no matter where you are in china, you can find youtiao . Also known as Chinese fried churros, Chinese cruller, Chinese oil stick, Chinese doughnut, nd fried breadstick, is a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough eaten in China and (by a variety of other names) in other East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Conventionally, youtiao are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two. Youtiao are normally eaten at breakfast as an accompaniment for rice congee, soy milk or regular milk blended with sugar.


1.Baozi, steamed bun

Baozi, one of the most popular Chinese breakfasts and lot of foreigners will like, Baozi is a type of filled bun or  dumpling in various Chinese cuisines. There are many variations in fillings (meat or vegetarian) and preparations (usually steamed). In its bun-like aspect it is very similar to the traditional Chinese mantou.(steamed bread)

3.Congee, or rice porridge


Congee is a type of rice porridge or gruel popular in many Asian countries, especially china. When eaten as plain rice congee, it is most often served with side dishes. When additional ingredients such as meat, fish, and flavorings are added while preparing the congee, it is most often served as a meal on its own, especially for persons who are ill. Names for congee are as varied as the style of its preparation. Despite its many variations, it is usually a thick porridge of rice largely disintegrated after prolonged cooking in water.

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Compare to western palate, congee is more like the Chinese version of chicken soup in the westerns. Common types of congee are green bean congee, millet congee and rice congee etc. people in china love to eat them, because Chinese people believe it’s very healthy, but it’s really bland, most foreigners don’t like.


4.Rice noodle

Rice noodles, just like youtiao and baozi , you can find everywhere in china. Rice noodles are noodles made from rice. The principal ingredients are rice flour and water. Sometimes ingredients such as tapioca or corn starch are added in order to improve the transparency or increase the gelatinous and chewy texture of the noodles. Rice noodles are most common cuisines in china , and are available fresh, frozen, or dried, in various shapes, thicknesses and textures. However, fresh noodles are highly perishable; their shelf life may be just several days. The shelf life may be extended by drying and removing its moisture content.


5.Drinks Chinese people usually have for breakfast

In the west, people love to have a nice steaming hot cup of coffee or tea, but in china the most popular drink is doujiang(soy bean milk), soymilk, originated in northeastern China, is a plant-based drink produced by soaking and grinding soybeans, boiling the mixture, and filtering out remaining particulates.  Most foreigners can’t  stand the taste, once you add sugar in it, taste will become 10 times better.  Also people in china love to drink doujiang with youtiao.


6.Jianbing, fried pancake

One of the most popular street breakfasts in China, Jianbing can be easily found in many cities. The characteristics of jianbing account for its popularity in China and the West. generally eaten for breakfast and hailed as “one of China’s most popular street breakfasts.” The main ingredients of jianbing are a batter of wheat and grain flour, eggs and sauces. It can be topped with different fillings and sauces such as baocui (thin and crispy fried cracker), ham, chopped or diced mustard pickles, scallions and coriander, chili sauce or hoisin sauce depending on personal preference.

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Anyway, as far as we see, it’s kind bizarre that breakfast doesn’t really change around China , It’s pretty much the same everywhere you go, but china is a very diverse country geographically and you can see the scenery changes as you move from province to province. Although  china has a whole bunch of ethnic minorities and they tend to eat slightly different kinds of foods, it’s pretty much the same for breakfast.

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