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Real Chinese Food: Breakfast (2)

In my last post Real Chinese Food: Breakfast (1), I have introduced the breakfast like congee, rice wine and noodle soup.

Apart from those soup or liquid types of breakfast, we also have the wheaten food (flour-made food). The most common ones you will see are the steamed buns, dumplings, fried dough sticks, flat bread or food like pastry or pie (just we name them differently).

6. Fried Dough Stick (You Tiao) and Rice Ball (You Tuo)

Fried dough stick (You Tiao, 油条) is one of my favourite choices. It is slightly salty and crispy outside. It makes a fabulous combination with sweet rice congee.

Chinese Breakfast
Chinese Breakfast Fried Dough Sticks & Rice Balls
Chinese Breakfast Fried Dough Sticks & Rice Balls

The glutinous rice ball (You Tuo,油坨) is slightly sweet and chewy, which I would go with plain rice congee and salty bean curd.

Both of these can be bought from the local food market, but the freshly made ones are only available in the morning.

In recent years, people have more concerns for these deep fried food because they are not good for health if eat too often. So, don't eat them everyday, but should definitely give it a try.

7. Steamed Buns (Man Tou)

If you travel in China, you may see the steamed buns (ManTou, 馒头) everywhere. In the south, steamed bun is commonly for breakfast and rice is for lunch and dinner. In the north, steamed bun can be available for all three meals, just like bread in the west country.

Chinese Breakfast: Steamed Buns

The steamed buns can be plain taste or stuffed with minced meat, sweet red beans or chopped vegetables. Those buns with fillings are called Bao Zi, 包子.

Chinese Steamed Meat Stuffed Buns

People like my parents know how to make buns at home. But nowadays, it is easy to buy from the street, food stalls or supermarket.

These are the meat stuffed buns in the local food market.

Chinese Steamed Meat Stuffed Buns.

As seen in this picture, people are buying the steamed buns at the street corner.

People buy steamed buns from street in China.

There are more choices of steamed buns are available in the food supermarket. Even with different colour!? The black buns are made from buckwheat? (if my translation is correct.)

Chinese Steamed Buns in Food Market.

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More about dumplings see Real Chinese Food Breakfast (3).

For more real Chinese food, you may check Chinese Festival food, or find out more about my Chinese food recipes.

(Posted: 03/10/12; Update: 02/02/15)

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