I feel like this thread needs to be photobombed with some of my photos of tasty Chinese food! Here we go:
A home-cooked meal made by my girlfriend's parents in Mudanjiang.
Lunch at Mr. Lee (Chinese: 李先生), a fast food chain that's ubiquitous all around China.
Handmade noodles with beef served at a hole in the wall restaurant in Mudanjiang. They're cheap and taste wonderful!
Handmade noodles with mystery meat served at a hole in the wall restaurant in Shanghai. They cost 6 RMB (about $1).
Noodles with lamb, potato, peppers, and onion served at a Xinjiang restaurant in Mudanjiang. I think Xinjiang cuisine is the best China has to offer.
The same dish as above, but this time it was served at a Xinjiang restaurant in Beijing.
Naan bread (Chinese: 馕) served at a Xinjiang restaurant in Shanghai. Naan is often sold on the streets by ethnic Uyghurs for around 1 or 2 RMB. Naan is my number one favorite snack in all of China!
An ethnic Uyghur man preparing liver kebabs at a Xinjiang restaurant in Mudanjiang.
Stinky tofu (Chinese: 臭豆腐), the infamous Chinese snack that you've probably heard of before. I found it down a random hutong in Beijing.
Steamed buns (Chinese: 小笼包) with seafood filling served at a semi-upscale restaurant in Mudanjiang.
Peking roast duck (Chinese: 北京烤鸭) served at Quan Ju De (Chinese: 全聚德), a famous upscale restaurant in Beijing.
Garlic-flavored pork strips (Chinese: 鱼香肉丝), a Sichuan dish popular with Westerners in China, served at a restaurant in Dalian. It was one of the first dishes I tried on my first trip to China, and it's still one of my favorites.
My dinner at Xi Jia De Dumplings (Chinese: 喜家德水饺), a fast food chain popular all around China. It's one of my favorite places to go for a cheap, delicious, and comfortable meal.
A Korean-style wrap with meat filling (Chinese: 韩式卷饼) served by a street vendor in Dalian. These are good for a cheap (about 5 RMB) and tasty on-the-go meal.
Roasted sweet potatoes sold by a street vendor in Dalian. These are cheap, tasty, healthy, and great when it's cold outside!
A bag of spicy peanuts with dried chilies and peppercorns. This was my favorite snack to buy from the convenience store back when I lived in Dalian.
A brick of hawthorn-flavored jelly (Chinese: 山楂糕). This is one of my guilty pleasures when I have a strong desire to eat something sweet.
Fruit kebabs in crystallized sugar (Chinese: 冰糖葫芦) sold at a market in Shanghai. These are a super famous and classic snack all around China.
Tofu on a stick served at Family Mart in Shanghai.
Various Chinese spices - such as dried chilies, peppercorns, star anise, and cumin - sold at a farmer's market in Dalian.