What do people have for breakfast in China? Or more importantly, what can you have? We hear so much about the varieties of cuisine in the country, yet Chinese breakfast is a meal which is often forgotten in conversation. Is it significant? Absolutely. Let’s not forget that China is a country that starts early, just look in any park on a morning or even on a evening to see elderly people practicing Wing Chun. There are so many things that you can have for breakfast in China without resorting to “Western foods”! So if you are planning on doing an internship in China any time soon, we have some great hints for you!
Jianbing (煎饼 / jiānbǐng)
Jianbiang is a crepe made from battered wheat and flour that is cooked on a circle shaped griddle. A Jianbiang can have all kinds of toppings, including scallion or crispy cracker. It Is quite commonly served on street food outlets in cities, where it is folded. It is not uncommon to see many people buying them on a morning on the way to work. You can even get them deep fried! What a great way to start off with Breakfast in China!
Steamed buns (包子 / bāozi)
A Beijing classic for breakfast in China! The steamed bun or dumpling if you will, is delicious and convenient, with a variety of things being served in side of it, be it meat or vegetables! Again, they are served on the streets and are perfect for a quick take away! If you fancy eating them in a sit down meal, then you can dip them in a variety of sauces, vinegar and soy sauce taste great with them!
Sticky rice bundles (粽子 / zòngzi)
Sticky rice bundles are a specialty in the South of China. They made of gluten rice, stuffed with different fillings, including red bean baste, lotus seed, egg York or even pork fat! They tend to be encased in bamboo leaf or other flat leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling and are a really filling breakfast treat! Zongzi are traditionally eaten during Dragon Boat Festival and fillings include red bean paste, lotus seed, egg yolk and pork fat. There’s no reason though why you can’t have them for breakfast in China all year round!
Dim Sum (点心 / diǎnxīn)
Dim Sum is another famous dish originating in South, most strongly associated with Guangdong and Hong Kong! Dim Sum is not just one thing however, but a variety of small eats including various types of dumplings, spring rolls, buns, soups, cakes and egg tarts. Dim Sum is always served with tea, which owes to its legacy as an early morning snack, wherein a family would gather after exercise to have it!
Conclusion: New Breakfast Opportunities Dawn for you in China!
Spend every minute you have during your time in China to enjoy the culture and most importantly, the food. That means breakfast in China too. Indulge yourself a world’s worth of delicious treats and snacks and live the good old English or European Continental behind! Don’t even think about getting a McDonald’s breakfast, once you try some of the things listed above.. you’ll be more than happy you didn’t! Enjoying in China is Eating in China! Happy interning!