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10 Irresistible Chinese Foods No Chinese Drama Lover Should Miss

Best Chinese food for Chinese drama lovers

If there’s one thing we know about Cdramas, it’s that even with the thrilling stories, each one still manages to show us a bit about the yummy food in China. 

And, if you’re a Chinese drama fan planning a trip to China, I’ve compiled this list of the top 10 must-try foods to enjoy while you’re there.

Here are 10 irresistible Chinese foods every Chinese drama lover should eat once:

1. Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)

These delicate dumplings are a staple in Chinese cuisine, having originated in Shanghai, and they have made appearances in countless dramas. 

These Soup Dumplings are filled with flavorful broth and a meaty filling, they are a perfect blend of savory goodness and culinary artistry.

There’s really no way you could have watched a Cdrama without seeing at least one character eat a dumpling, and this is one of the best foods to try once you get to China. 

2. Hot Pot

If you love Chinese dramas and you want to eat something positively fiery, a Sichuan Hot Pot is a must.

You might have even seen this meal in a drama, and just like characters in Cdramas, this loved meal has a way of bringing characters in dramas together – just as much as it does in real life. 

To make your cauldron of spicy broth bubble, you can add a variety of broths, meats, vegetables, and dipping sauces, and trust me when I say it’s the absolute best!

3. Peking Duck

This must-try delicacy is a dish fit for emperors, and it is synonymous with luxury and celebration. 

The crispy, lacquered skin and succulent meat are typically served with thin pancakes, scallions, cucumber, and hoisin sauce. 

Honestly, this dish has an air of elegance and tradition, and it’s honestly the best meal to eat if you love Chinese historical dramas (like me!)

4. Mapo Tofu

For fans of spicy dramas and spicier flavors, Mapo Tofu is a must. 

This dish is a harmonious blend of tofu and minced meat, and it will absolutely tingle your taste buds with its fiery sauce.

This signature Sichuan dish has a spicy and numbing flavor profile, and I just know you’re going to love it if you want a good drama-food pairing. 

5. Jianbing (Chinese Crepe)

Often found in street markets, Jianbing is a popular breakfast item seen in Chinese dramas. 

This crispy crepe, filled with egg, cilantro, and various toppings, is the perfect meal that will delight the heart of anyone who loves a good Chinese drama. 

6. Stinky Tofu

Just like other foods have their own alluring qualities, Stinky Tofu stands out as a distinct meal with an acquired taste. 

I mean, with the pungent aroma and deep-fried exterior, this dish will definitely challenge your taste buds. 

7. Baozi (Steamed Buns)

Baozi comes in different shapes and sizes, and they’re usually filled with meat, vegetables, or sweet custard.

These fluffy buns are a comforting delight, and they can be served with everything from rice to dumplings and vegetables.

8. Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes usually have crispy, flaky pancakes are layered with scallions and oil.

They’re another widely popular food you might have seen in a Chinese drama, and you absolutely need to try them if you’re a Cdrama-lover. 

Scallion pancakes are made from a simple mixture of flour, water, and finely chopped scallions (green onions), and they are usually cut into smaller pieces before being served.

9. Lanzhou Beef Noodles

This is another popular noodle dish originating from Lanzhou that’s the most delightful thing to taste. 

These noodles are typically long and chewy, and the broth is made from beef bones and other aromatic spices, and it has a rich and flavorful base. 

Every bit of his wonderful bit feels like a family meal, and I’m certain that you’ll love it.

10. Zongzi

This food doesn’t appear in many Chinese dramas, but it holds a very special place in Chinese culture and I’m certain you’ll love it. 

The sticky rice parcels are wrapped in bamboo leaves, and this food is traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival.

This is the perfect food to eat in China for Cdrama lovers, and you’re definitely going to be singing its praises for a long time. 


If you really enjoy Chinese dramas and want to try some amazing food in China, these 10 dishes are perfect for you. 

They’ll make your taste buds happy and help you understand the flavors that are a big part of the characters’ lives in the shows you like. 

Just like how dramas take you to different places, these dishes will take you into the world of Chinese culture and food. 

So, get your chopsticks ready, and let’s start enjoying these delicious flavors together!

Happy eating!

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