Languages › Mandarin Chinese Food Vocabulary Popular Chinese Food Share Flipboard Email Print bāo zi (包子). Nigel Killeen / Getty Images Mandarin Vocabulary Mandarin History and Culture Pronunciation Understanding Chinese Characters By Qiu Gui Su Chinese Language Expert Qiu Gui Su is a native Mandarin speaker who has taught Mandarin Chinese for over 20 years. our editorial process Qiu Gui Su Updated January 27, 2019 Chinese food is one of the most popular types of cuisine worldwide. It's no wonder! Chinese food is tasty, healthy, and the wide variety means there's something for every taste. As with many cultural exports, the names of some Chinese dishes have changed by the time they arrived in other countries. So if you visit China or Taiwan, you may find that the names of dishes are unfamiliar. List of Popular Chinese Food Names If you visit a Mandarin-speaking country, this list of popular Chinese food dishes will help when it comes time to ordering food. The items have been roughly arranged by type of food. Click on the links in the Pinyin column to hear the audio. English Pinyin Characters boiled dumplings shuǐ jiǎo 水餃 sticky buns mán tou 饅頭 steamed stuffed bun bāo zi 包子 fried noodles chǎo miàn 炒麵 plain noodles yáng chūn miàn 陽春麵 fried rice noodles chǎo mǐ fěn 炒米粉 steamed white rice bái fàn 白飯 sushi shòu sī 壽司 vegetarian platter sù shí jǐn 素什錦 white radish patty luóbo gāo 蘿蔔糕 spicy tofu má pó dòufu 麻婆豆腐 beef and rice niúròu fàn 牛肉飯 egg omelet dàn bǐng 蛋餅 chicken leg and rice jī tuǐ fàn 雞腿飯 Peking duck běi jing kǎoyā 北 京烤鴨 pork chop and rice páigǔ fàn 排骨飯 fish cooked in soy sauce hóng shāo yú 紅燒魚 fried rice with shrimp xiā rén chǎo fàn 蝦仁炒飯 crab páng xiè 螃蟹 egg and vegetable soup dànhuātāng 蛋花湯 seaweed soup zǐ cài tāng 紫菜湯 hot and sour soup suān là tāng 酸辣湯 Learn Mandarin Chinese Travel Vocabulary Learning How to Order Beverages in Mandarin Chinese Chinese Vocabulary: Restaurant Dining Mandarin Chinese for Ordering Food in a Restaurant Which Parts of the World Speaks Mandarin Chinese? Learning Mandarin Chinese "Love" Vocabulary Chinese Vocabulary: Banking What Hotel Vocabulary in Mandarin Chinese Do You Need to Know? Is It Better to Learn Mandarin or Cantonese? How Do You Use Mandarin Numbers? Step-by-Step Guide to Learning Chinese Common Animals - Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary How to pronounce Li Keqiang, China's premier How Did Mandarin Become China's Official Language? Mandarin Chinese Christmas Vocabulary What Is the Bopomofo Chinese Phonetic System?