It is not hyperbole if we say that Chinese dishes are most popular in India, after China! Well, we say this because almost every fine dining place to a street-side Dhaba to a food truck to even a hand cart, almost every place has the best Chinese food to offer to suit the palate of their respective clients. And Chinese food recipes have become so popular that various brands in India have come up with instant Chinese noodles, masalas, soups, and even sauces to equip us in cooking some traditional Chinese food at homes itself. So, we got you a list of 10 most popular Chinese dishes in India. Tally if our list matches your own list of favorites.
#1: Veg Hakka Noodles
Right from Chinese connoisseur to a small kid, veg Hakka noodles tops everyone’s list. Usually, when we place an order for Chinese cuisine, most people will start with Hakka noodles and then move on to order something to go with the noodles. You can also easily cook it at home. Just boil the noodles and toss them with few of your favorite veggies like capsicum, carrot, cabbage in some piquant mix of sauces, and you are done!
#2: Vegetable Fried Rice
If it’s not noodles, another favorite main course Chinese food is vegetable fried rice. Well, vegetable fried rice and veg Hakka noodles almost belong to the same genre and even their style of cooking is also very similar. Just that one is a noodle, and another is rice!
#3: Spring Rolls
It is a crisp-fried appetizer with shredded veggies stuffed inside. These are very popular starters and loved by all age groups. Spring rolls taste best with schezwan sauce or any tangy sauce particularly rich in the garlic flavor.
#4: Szechwan Chilli Chicken
If you love chicken and some fiery piquant flavors, then Szechwan Chilli Chicken ought to be the best Chinese food for you. It is cooked using some pungent spices like brown pepper. red chilies, green chilies, ginger, and white pepper, and you will have a winner on your table!
#5: Chilli Chicken/Paneer
Chilli chicken is loved by most people and tops the list of Chinese starters in almost every restaurant. Vegetarians love the paneer version which is equally delicious. Also, both Chilli Chicken and Chilli paneer are available in further two variants- gravy or dry, tossed with finely chopped garlic, capsicum and onion dices.
#6: Veg/Chicken Manchurian
Both veg and chicken Manchurian are extremely popular Chinese dishes which are relished in combination with Chowmein or Hakka noodles. Manchurian consists of delicious balls made of finely chopped veggies or minced chicken, loaded with the piquant flavors of garlic and soy sauce. Both veg and chicken Manchurians are loved with and without gravy.
#7: Manchow Soup
Vegetable manchow soup is a mix of hot and spicy flavors and packed with ginger, garlic, chilies, and the goodness of beans, carrots, capsicums and mushrooms and topped with fried noodles. It is a perfect appetizer before you indulge in the main course. It also makes a perfect comfort dish on a cold winter evening.
Our favorite Momos are officially known as Dimsums. Earlier its popularity was restricted to the North-Eastern parts of the country, but now you’ll find Dimsums in India just anywhere and everywhere. There are assortments available with the variation in stuffing used like Chicken, Vegetables, and Paneer.
#9: Honey Chilli Potato
Honey Chilli Potato has garnered a lot of popularity off late and has become the quintessential snack at most parties. Garnished with sesame seeds, the crispy potato fingers are a perfect amalgamation of sweet and spicy flavors. It tastes best when served hot with the crispiness of potatoes unspoiled.
#10: Sweet Corn Soup
Another favorite soup of all times is the Sweet corn soup. It can be had with both veggies and chicken along with the sweet corn of course. This soup is very mild, yet palatable and a perfect starter before any kind of meal. This soup is usually served with sauces like soy, chili, and vinegar to dress it up as per the individual taste.
So guys, what’s your favorite pick amidst the best Chinese dishes that are presented in this blog? Can you pick one or all make your favorite? This is the charm of traditional Chinese food, you can have it anytime and anywhere. The best Chinese food ought to set your taste buds on fire!