Culture Shock! China - A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, 2nd Edition

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Eating Your Way Across China 145

„ Pork dumplings (shao mai)—A mix of minced pork and
shrimp, cooked in an open egg-based wrapper.
„ Turnip cake (luo bo gao)—Steamed and mashed turnip,
mixed with sausage, pork, shrimp and mushrooms, and
pan fried. Tastes great when dipped into a little vinegar.
„ Congee (zhou)—Rice cooked until it is soupy and seasoned
with different meats and vegetables. This is a favourite
breakfast dish in China.
„ Crispy chicken (jiao yan cui ji)—Barbecued chicken that is
crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Served with
salt, pepper and soy sauce on the side.
„ Sweet and sour pork (gu lao rou)—Familiar at Chinese
restaurants in the West: deep-fried chunks of pork served
in a sweet sauce of ketchup, sugar and vinegar.
„ Stir-fried beef with onion (cong bao niu rou)—Strips of
steak stir fried in oyster sauce with onions.
„ Egg custard tart (dan ta)—Small pastries cooked with a
slightly sweet egg custard inside. A legacy of the Portuguese
influence on south China.

Pork dumplings (shao mai) is a very popular dim sum dish in China.

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