China is a vast country and cooking styles differ in every region. With Olympic events being held at different places, the tourists would get a chance to taste the cuisine of various parts. However, if you decide to stick to the food you are accustomed to, you would find the restaurants serving Continental, Italian or French dishes. At Olympic villages and the venues, proper arrangement has been done as regarded to dining. Four food streets have been particularly developed for the Olympics.
Beijing is the paradise of food lovers. Beijing cuisine borrows
varieties from Hebei, Shangdong, Lower Yangzi River, Inner Mongolia
and Xinjiang. All methods of cooking are used like barbecuing,
deep-boiling, roasting, smoking and braising. Peking Roast Duck has
the reputation of being the most delicious food Beijing has to
offer. The place that offers the best Peking Duck is the Quan Ju De
Restaurant, which came into being 130 years ago. Other popular
dishes are Mongolian Hot Pot, Bifengtang Prawns, Gong Bao Ji Ding
and To Doe Zi.
Shanghai has one of the most distinct cuisines in China. Freshwater
fish and shellfish is abundant in the region. Dishes in Shanghai are
lightly and delicately seasoned. People in Shanghai are fond of
sweet dishes. Shanghai successfully refines all the work of the
surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Some dishes
popular in Shanghai are little dragon Bun, smelly tofu, hairy crabs
and preserved eggs. Braised Meat is one of Shanghai specialties. The
meat is cooked in different spices for a long time so that the meat
absorbs the flavor of spices and becomes tender.
Cuisine culture of Tianjin, particularly traditional Tianjin snacks,
is renowned in China. And the best place to enjoy cuisine in Tianjin
is the Food Street. Don't miss these delicious Tianjin snacks, if
you wish to tour Tianjin during your Olympic stay in China. Goubuli
Baozi are stuffed buns known for their generous filling. Erduoyan
Zhagao is a cake is made of carefully leavened and kneaded glutinous
rice dough. Ma Hua is a queue-shaped fried dough made with quality
flour and then fried in peanut oil. Chatang is made of baked millet
and glutinous millet flour. Guobacai is a sort of pancake made of
millet and mung bean flour. Tangdui is a dish usually made of
Seafood is the specialty of Qinhuangdao. Seafood restaurants abound
in the region and ordering is usually done by pointing at the live
dishes that swim in washing up bowls or tanks in the eating joints.
Most of these restaurants line the seafront road. Shelled fish,
especially crab, lobster, cuttlefish, pike and scallops are popular
among the locals and tourists. Some restaurants offer delicious
Shenyang has fine tradition of food. Having Manchu cuisine as the
base, the region has developed finely-honed cooking skills. Every
traditional dish has its own story. The Man-Han Banquet is a feast
most representative of conventional dishes in Shenyang. Some popular
dishes of Shenyang dish menu are orchid bear's paw, swimming dragon
play phoenix, baked shrimp, steamed lantern abalone, ditch upper
leaf smoked chicken, steamed kaji's fish, colored snow flake
scallop, bacon pancake, laobian dumpling, Liaoshanji Haicheng
stuffed pie, yangjia egg cake, ma jia steamed dumpling, li lian gui
smoked meat, and many others. All Shenyang dishes have special
flavour, selected ingredients and delicate making.
Qingdao specializes in seafood including fish, prawns,shellfish and
sea weed. The cooking styles range from spicy Sichuan to sweet and
heavy Shanghai. Qingdao, regarded as the 'cradle of Shandong
cuisine', offers popular dishes like sea cucumbers stewed with
shallots, stewed salted fish and celery with creamy soup. You could
visit any of the seaside restaurants on the shore to enjoy seafood.
Vegetarian restaurants offer fresh local agricultural produce.