China is rich in delicious foods. China has many interesting, original and tasty snacks, many of which are more nutritious and natural than chocolate, sweets and chips. With a long history, unique features, numerous styles and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one important constituent part of Chinese culture. Chinese dishes are famous for color, aroma, taste, meaning and appearance.
Here we prepared a list of ten most popular Chinese snacks in the world. These ten snacks are Lao Gan Ma, La Tiao, Stinky Tofu, White Rabbit Candy, Sugarcoated Haws, Shelly Senbei, Liang Pi, Instant noodles, Snail Rice Noodle, ChaCha Sunflower Seeds.
1. Lao Gan Ma
Lao Gan Ma (Chinese: 老干妈; also called Laoganma) or Old Godmother is a brand of chili sauces that are made in China. It’s a household name in China. Anyone who frequents Chinese restaurants or supermarkets is familiar with the brand of chili sauces that is made in China since the 1990s – known for the little portrait of a Chinese woman on its label.
The best hot sauces are rich, chunky, flavorful and, of course, hot. My favorites also share another characteristic—I can actually see the ingredients in the sauce, whether chili peppers, hot oil, pieces of garlic, onion bits or soybeans. Lao Gan Ma fits all my criteria. It has complexity. It has bite. It’s an outstanding hot sauce.
2. La tiao
Forget about steamed buns and smelly tofu, and meet the hot new Chinese snack – latiao! The spicy sticks that are enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame on the global palate.
The cheap “delicacy” is made from gluten, the stuff that makes bread dough chewy. The stick of protein is spicy and is commonly sold at roadside stands.
3. Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu, known as Choudoufu in Chinese, was created nearly 300 years ago. You can usually find it at roadside vendors or a night market. It is a form of fermented bean curd that has a strong odor and is usually deep-fried with golden colors. People either love or hate it very much because of the strong stinky smell and special flavor. You should have lots of guts if you first taste it.
Even though the stench can be quite putrid, most people are pleasantly surprised by the taste of stinky tofu. The skin is crunchy and saturated with sauce, and the inside is creamy and earthy, with a cake-like texture.
4. White Rabbit Candy
White Rabbit Creamy Candy in 6.3oz (179g) package. The Super Famous Delicious Creamy White Rabbit Milk Candy with rice papper wraping. White Rabbit Creamy Candy is white, with a soft, chewy texture, and is formed into cylinders approximately 3 cm long and 1 cm in diameter, similar to contemporary western nougat or taffy. Each candy is wrapped in a printed waxed paper wrapper, but within this, the sticky candies are again wrapped in a thin edible paper-like wrapping made from sticky rice.
5. Sugarcoated Haws
Sugarcoated Haws, or known as Tanghulu in Chinese, is a kind of candied fruit. It is usually the sugar-coated hawthorns on a stick, which looks brightly red, bearing a little sour and sweet. The sugar coating is sweet and crunchy, but when you bite through the shiny exterior, the super sour haw berries are sure to make you wince.
6. Shelly Senbei
Shelly Senbei is a delicious snack that you can enjoy anytime. Its sweet and savory flavor is irresistible. The rice cracker is baked not fried, and is topped with a light frosting and has a crispy crunch that is sure to please. Shelly Senbei Comes in three flavors, original, seaweed, and teriyaki.
7. Liang Pi
Liangpi (simplified Chinese: 凉皮; traditional Chinese: 涼皮; pinyin: liángpí; literally: “cold skin”) is a noodle-like Chinese dish made from wheat or rice flour. It is a specialty dish originating from the Chinese province of Shaanxi, but has now spread to many other places in China, in particular the northern and central regions. Although liangpi is served cold, they are served in every season, including winter.
New York Times’ Julia Moskin describes liangpi as served at Xi’an Famous Foods as “a dish of cold noodles in a sauce that hits every possible flavor category (sweet, tangy, savory, herbal, nutty and dozens of others).”
8. Instant Noodles
Instant noodles are sold in a precooked and dried noodle block, with flavoring powder and/or seasoning oil. The flavoring is usually in a separate packet, although in the case of cup noodles the flavoring is often loose in the cup. Some instant noodle products are seal packed; these can be reheated or eaten straight from the packet/container. Dried noodle blocks are cooked or soaked in boiling water before eating.
9. Snail Rice Noodle
The dish consists of rice noodles boiled and served in a soup made from a stock made from river snails and pork bones which are stewed for hours with black cardamom, fennel seed, dried tangerine peel, cassia bark, cloves, white pepper, bay leaf, licorice root, sand ginger, and star anise. The soup does not usually contain any snail meat but pickled vegetables, fu zhu, fresh green vegetables, peanuts and chili are usually added. Diners can also add extra chili, coriander leaf (cilantro), garlic etc. to suit their own taste.
10. ChaCha Sunflower Seeds
ChaCha Sunflower Seeds, Roasted & Salted with Chinese Herbal Spiced Flavor 250g x 6 bags. The Chacha sunflower seeds, picking the selected large and plump full sunflower seeds from the natural inner Mongolian environmental-friendlystuffed with traditional herbal flavor, after steaming and roasting, the crispy tasty seeds for sure bring you the happiness of delicious feeling. The Cha Cha Snacks, Delightful Taste! Product of China. ISO 9001 Certified.