When it comes to Chinese cuisine, most people are familiar with popular dishes like crispy beef, sweet and sour pork, or egg rolls. However, the world of Chinese food is vast and diverse, with a treasure trove of lesser-known dishes waiting to be explored.
Read on to discover some unique Chinese dishes that will take your authentic Chinese experience to a whole new level.
Sticky Rice Dumplings (Zongzi)
Sticky Rice Dumplings, or Zongzi, are a delightful hidden gem. These pyramid-shaped parcels are traditionally made with glutinous rice and filled with a variety of ingredients such as pork, mushrooms, and preserved egg yolk. Wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed to perfection, Zongzi is not only delicious but also an essential part of Chinese culture, often enjoyed during the Dragon Boat Festival.
Century Egg Congee (Century Egg Porridge)
Congee, a rice porridge, is a staple of Chinese breakfast cuisine. What makes Century Egg Congee special is the inclusion of century eggs, also known as preserved duck eggs. These eggs undergo a unique preservation process that transforms their taste and colour. When added to congee, they provide a creamy texture and a savoury, slightly pungent flavour that's an acquired taste but loved by many.
Braised Pig's Feet (Zhu Jiao)
While some might be hesitant to try Braised Pig's Feet, they are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. The feet are cooked until tender and flavoured with a rich and savoury sauce. The result is a dish with melt-in-your-mouth textures and complex flavours that will surprise your taste buds most delightfully.
Sichuan Liang Mian (Spicy Cold Noodles)
Sichuan Liang Mian is a popular dish in Sichuan province. It features cold noodles topped with a fiery, aromatic sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, and Sichuan peppercorns. The combination of cool, slippery noodles and the bold, spicy sauce creates a unique and refreshing experience, perfect for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their dishes.
Turnip Cakes (Luo Bo Gao)
Turnip Cakes, or Luo Bo Gao, are a classic Chinese snack made from shredded turnips, rice flour, and various seasonings. These cakes are steamed, sliced, and pan-fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Served with a dipping sauce, they offer a delightful blend of textures and flavours, making them a must-try dish.
Delicious Chinese Cuisine from Jimmy’s Express
While we don’t have these hidden gems on our menu, Jimmy’s Express has a great selection of authentic Chinese dishes that you can order in Edinburgh, allowing you to take your authentic Chinese takeaway experience to the next level.
So, why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new on your next Chinese food order? You might just discover a new favourite dish that will make your Chinese cuisine experience even more exciting.
Don't hesitate to visit Jimmy's Express and embark on a culinary journey filled with these exquisite, lesser-known Chinese delights. Contact us today to find out more about our menus.