10 Chinese Street Foods And Drinks I Miss So Much It Hurts

Without a doubt, China is one of the most adventurous countries when it comes to eating street food. There are some dishes available around which you would never consider edible in your home country. Some of them look really disgusting, but taste amazing so you should never judge Chinese food by its look.


When you come to China, be adventurous with food. Don’t limit yourself to eating only baozi, fruits, veggies and plain rice. Leave your food comfort zone and keep experimenting with different dishes – from baked bees to grilled snake meat.

Here is my top 10 Chinese street foods you simply can’t afford to miss when in China:

#1 Baozi

These are traditional Chinese dumplings. They are often steamed or fried and filled with a great voice of meat (pork, beef) and veggies (steamed peas, sweetcorn, chives, chopped carrot). Baozi are served with soy-based sauce, chilli, vinegar and sesame oil.

#2 Jiaozi

Jiaozi are also Chinese dumplings, but crescent-shaped and much smaller than baozi. They are usually filled with minced stuffing and steamed and they are served boiled or fried.

#3 Snake meat

Snake meat is a delicacy served mainly in Guilin area, so if you make it to Li River nearby Yangshuo, you should not miss it. It’s a very delicious and soft dish which tastes like perfectly grilled fish. It is mainly served with deep fried veggies.

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 #4 Snails and the beer

The snails, a very famous dish in Guilin, are usually served in shell and taste like a minced beef. They are cooked in beer and served with a bottle of beer as well. It’s very spicy, so be careful before digging in.

#5 Duck and chicken feet

They are very spicy, but extremely delicious and convenient to pack for your train ride. They are served as a beer snack and usually deep fried, then steamed before being stewed.

A great variety of fried meat

 #6 Stinky tofu

Stinky tofu (chòu dòufu) is a form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor. It is a snack that is usually sold at night markets or roadside stands or as a side dish.

#7 Grilled chicks

Vacuum-packed snack often eaten in local trains and buses. They are salt-baked or grilled. You might go for a spicy version or the mild one if it does not disgust you.

Grilled chicks

 #8 You tiao

It’s a very common breakfast in China. You tiao is simply deep fried bread stick made of dough and served hot as an accompaniment for rice congee or soy milk.

#9 Baked sweet potatoes

Great snack option for vegetarians. They are baked in a huge barrel in the street, extremely soft and dry so make sure you get them with soy milk or tea.


#10 Fried noodles or rice

Fried rice with vegetables and bean curd – a very common street food made by locals. The rice is served in bowls with meat and vegetables as toppings and adding some bean curd (processed from soybeans) on top will make it taste even better.

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What’s your favorite Chinese food you can’t live without?


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61 thoughts on “10 Chinese Street Foods And Drinks I Miss So Much It Hurts”

  1. Avatar of Victoria@ The British Berliner

    OMG. All this food looks amazing even the ones that at first glance would make you throw up! I love the animated video too! I’ve had snake meat and chicken feet before but my favourite Chinese food is dumpling!

    The first time I had it was in Hong Kong and I spent years looking for the same type that I had there. I finally found it last year at a trendy Korean restaurant in Berlin. I couldn’t believe it!

  2. Avatar of Away with Lily

    Ahh, I’m not such a fan of chicken feet, or sweet potato – which are the most common in lots of parts of Asia. Love the steamed buns though! I’m sure you’re enjoying the lovely Dutch food plenty more though :))

  3. Avatar of Jakub

    So Guilin looks like a good foodie destination – any particular place or streets area to recommend? Just planning to be there next month – snails I love (though it may be early in the season), have not eaten good snake as yet, so keen to find yummy one.

  4. Avatar of Theo

    As a Chinese who have eaten snake meat before, I wonder the taste of snake meat is like the one of fish? Judging from your picture, I guess what you ate is actually Asian swamp eel, a kind of fish, but I am not sure. LOL.

    And it is really very rare that there are foreigners like you willing to eat duck and chicken feet and stinky tofu. Nice try.

    Different parts of China have different food cultures. If you can travel around China, you can definitely discover more food you have never seen before. :D

  5. Avatar of Jeff Bronson *Kraven*

    Yum, the noodles look so good! Can’t wait to try some street food. I’m starting my “quit job, nomad journey” at 40, next week in Goa, India from the U.S., before hitting Thailand and surrounding countries for some months.

    The grilled chicks look somewhat disturbing, haha. Perhaps better than scorpions though.

  6. Avatar of Aggy

    Here in Indonesia I eat a lot of Chinese food but I guess they have been adjusted to the Indonesian flavours so I hope to go to China and authentic ones! Looking at your list, I can tell that I’ll love most of them (dumplings yumm..) and some that I might have to take deep breaths and try (snake meat…not sure..but if you say so :D)

    Great list Agness – it’s no wonder you miss them while you are in Europe!

  7. Avatar of Ella

    Christ I’m gonna get so fat with all the amazing stir frys and Baozi! I’m going to really try to be adventurous with some of this food but not sure I cant make any promises on some of this! haha ;)

  8. Avatar of Todd @ Visit50

    I love love loved Yangshuo! I’m going to be posting about my experiences there soon
    In terms of food, you’re so adventurous, I love it! I tried some of these, but need to get back to try the others!

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