Asiana Pho Kim - What the Chinese eat for Breakfast? - Chinese Restaurant Milpitas CA 95035 | Vietnamese Restaurant 95035
1. Soybean Milk and Deep-Fried Dough Sticks
This breakfast set usually appears together. The two components are the most common breakfast combination. Some locals also like to have deep-fried dough sticks with rice congee.
Soybean milk is made with a blender. You can find freshly blended or boiled soy milk in disposable cups at most breakfast stalls. It's very convenient for a take-out.
Deep-fried dough sticks are long, brown, deep-fried sticks of dough. You can eat one as it is or dip it in some soybean milk, which has a better taste.
2. Steamed Buns Stuffed with Meat, Soup, or Nothing
Chinese people eat steamed buns at any meal, but they are especially popular at breakfast.
There is an almost endless variety of flavors, both salty and sweet. Salty flavored buns are stuffed with ground pork, eggplant, eggs, and vegetables, such as chives. Sweet flavored buns are stuffed with bean paste, creamy custard, sesame seeds, and sugar. They are also very convenient for a take-out.
3. Tofu Pudding
Tofu pudding is a popular Chinese snack made with very soft tofu, which is made from raw beans.
Flavors of tofu pudding vary by region. In the north, people like to have salty tofu pudding with soy sauce or salt, or with meat. However, in the south, people prefer the sweet version with ginger and brown sugar syrup.
4. Wheat Noodles
In northern China, where wheat is more commonly eaten, a bowl of hot and flavorful wheat noodles is a popular breakfast dish.
In Wuhan, hot-and-dry noodles are eaten at breakfast by almost everyone. This dish is prepared by frying boiled noodles, drying them, then scalding them quickly, and adding spicy condiments. The result is chewy and quite tasty.
5. Rice Noodles
Rice noodles are a good choice if you are allergic to gluten. They are made of rice although they look like wheat noodles and the taste is different.
Rice noodles are more commonly eaten in the south, especially in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces.
In Guilin, Guilin rice noodles are a very famous and popular cheap meal. Local people eat the dish not just for breakfast, but also for lunch or dinner. This snack is made with boiled rice noodles, fried peanuts or soybeans, thin slices of different meat, chopped scallions, pickled mustard, and other ingredients that you can choose according to your preferences.
6. Steamed Glutinous Rice
Rice dumplings are made of steamed glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. They can be bought at street stalls and have a variety of tasty fillings, including the sweet flavor of red bean paste, egg yolk, and lotus seeds, or the salty flavor of fatty pork and chestnuts. Zongzi are especially popular as festival food and are frequently eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival. Learn more about Rice Dumplings.
Glutinous rice balls don't need to be wrapped in bamboo leaves. Usually, the vendor will make them for you according to your requirements and tastes.
7. Rice Porridge or Congee
Congee is probably the most common mainstay of Chinese breakfast. It is a mild-flavored rice porridge that has been cooked for a long time with plenty of water to soften the rice.
To give the congee some flavor, it is usually served with different toppings that vary by regions, such as pickled vegetables, fermented tofu, peanuts, eggs, and meat.
Sometimes congee's flavor is sweet. Usually, it is made from red beans, coix seeds, peanuts, and black rice. Some find this colorful sweet congee to be so flavorful that it doesn't require any toppings at all.
8. Wontons and Dumplings
Wontons and dumplings are two similar types of food, which are comprised of a square or round wrapper (a dough skin made of flour and water) and fillings.
Wontons can be boiled in a fragrant and watery broth, steamed in a bamboo steamer, or fried in a high-heat wok. Sometimes, wontons are also served with little noodles to make 'wonton noodles.
They are available with a large variety of fillings, such as ground pork, shrimp, fish, mushrooms, and other vegetables.
The stuffing found in dumplings is similar to that of wontons, and the cooking method is similar too.
9. Pancakes with Eggs
These pancakes are quickly-cooked thin pancakes or crepes filled with typically savory or spicy ingredients. As a popular street food in China, they can be easily found and are a favorite "breakfast on the run".
The pancakes are usually wrapped around a deep-fried crispy dough slice and topped with fried egg, finely chopped mustard pickles, scallions, coriander, and a spicy sauce.
10. Morning Tea and Dim Sum
Morning tea is a traditional custom for breakfast. It's not a dish, but a name associated with having breakfast. This traditional custom can be found in Chinatowns all over the world. It is extremely popular in southeast Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau.
The dishes enjoyed with morning tea are called dim sum and are usually served in a small bowl or basket. They vary from rice to noodles, dumplings, or buns. Tea is also an important element of a traditional dim sum breakfast. Diners may choose from green, oolong, jasmine, chrysanthemum, or other types of tea.
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