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No matter if you’re a foodie or someone new to authentic Chinese cuisine, chances are you have encountered dishes that don’t seem to fit together. For example, how are porridge, dry pot, and lamb skewers all considered Chinese food?

The central problem here is that many people see Chinese food as monolithic cuisine. In reality, the diverse terrains, climates, and cultures in China have led to a wide array of distinct culinary styles. It is better to look at Chinese cuisine the same way we look at European cuisine: an umbrella term that incorporates so many different gastronomies.

Here is a list of the four most famous Chinese cuisines that can be found around the world. However, don’t forget that there are so many more! Beijing imperial gastronomy, Tibetan food like momos, and Guangxi and Yunnan dishes which resemble Vietnamese and Burmese cuisines are all highly recommended. Leave a comment if you need recommendations for restaurants, or simply want to learn more about any Chinese cuisine!



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Coco Xu