Top 10 Street Food You Must Try In Guangzhou, China

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Guangzhou is a southern metropolis in China and it is well known all over the world as one of the leading shopping destinations in the region. But apart from the fact that it is the source of unique and high-quality goods, Guangzhou is also the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine. With Cantonese cuisines, food is prepared using very simple techniques such as stir-frying, baking, and steaming to preserve the foods’ original flavors and nutrients. Guangzhou also has a long tradition of street foods, and if you are planning a trip soon, a street food tour is one of the experiences you must never miss. Scroll below for the top 10 street foods you must try in Guangzhou, China.

1. Wonton Noodles

Wonton noodles at Mak An Kee, Chung Kee (20180913105025)
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Noodle is a popular site in most of the Chinese eateries, and it is a dish you will not miss in most of the street food stalls in Guangzhou. Though there are many varieties, wonton noodles are one variety you have to try during your street food tour of Guangzhou. The noodles comprise the basic ingredients of alkaline water, flour, and duck eggs, but it is the addition of the tasty morsel of pork, crabs, and shrimp that elevates the flavors to a whole new level. Wonton noodles are not only tasty, but also satiating.

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2. Beef balls

HK Pacific Plaza SYP 德韾苑 Tak Hing Yuen Seafood Restaurant beef meat balls Mar-2013 Bamboo steamer
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You will find beef balls in most city street foods, but the kind of balls you find in Guangzhou takes the experience to a whole new level. There are two types of meatballs you are going to find on the Chinese streets: normal balls of meat doused in a generous amount of marinade and then deep-fried in boiling oil, and meatball noodles. The former can always be taken as a quick snack on the go, while for the latter, you will have to sit and enjoy the experience. All the options are incredibly tasty and a must-try when in Guangzhou.

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3. Dim Sum

Dim sum collection in lunch
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Dim sum is a very popular Cantonese cuisine and it is not only satisfying but also it has a way of making you happy. It is a simple dish comprising fried or steamed dumplings and in most cases, you will find it being served as a snack. The meal has been around for thousands of years, during which its composition and mode of preparation has also changed, giving way to a plethora of varieties you could try out for a whole day without exhausting.

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4. Rice Noodle Rolls

Cheung Fun (steamed rice noodle rolls with) served with soysauce
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Rice noodle rolls is an iconic dish in most Chinese streets. It is available in many variations, with some featuring roast pork and shrimp. The most popular variation that is found in Guangzhou features meat with lettuce sprinkled on top. It takes just a few minutes to make, and though generally considered as a snack, it is very filling and will keep hunger away for long.

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5. Roasted Goose

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If you have had any experience with Hong Kong street food scene, then one of the most iconic sites you are likely to remember are those of hanging roasted goose. Well, in Guangzhou, you will also see plenty of them, since this is another very popular street food in the city. Before roasting, the goose is marinated with a blend of herbs and special ingredients. The birds are then roasted gently in closed ovens for several hours. The result is a soft, tender and mouth-watering piece of bird. You can eat them right at the stalls as is, or it can be served with rice and other accompaniments.

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6. Sachima

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Sachima, also known as Chinese Rice Krispies, is another popular street food available in a variety of variations throughout China. The version you’ll find in Guangzhou, however, is slightly sweeter and features a generous sprinkle of dried desiccated coconut or sesame seeds. You may also find variations that don’t use rice, but all-purpose flour. You will also realize that the Guangzhou version is chewy, crispy and comes with a slight consistency.

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7. Beef offal stew

牛扎汤河粉 Stewed Beef Offal with Horfun - 太平洋烧腊茶餐厅 Pacific BBQ Cafe
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Beef offal stew is another street favorite you will find in nearly all the street food stalls you will walk into in Guangzhou. The stew mainly consists of internal organs of a cow, including some bits of the intestines. As such, it may have a nasty smell of intestines if it was not washed properly before cooking and most people might find the smell quite repugnant. However, if you find a stall that upholds high hygiene standards in its preparation, then it is one of the best street foods you will have in China.

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8. Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp dumplings
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Thinks of shrimp dumplings as starch wrappers filled with fresh shrimp meat, young bamboo shoots, and pork puree, and then steamed to perfection. They are not just a beautiful sight to see, but also they are exceedingly satisfying. They are very common in most street food stalls, where you can have them as a snack, but if you visit main restaurants, you may want to sit down and enjoy because you will be served with a variety, which might as well make the main meal because they are very satiating.

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9. Sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes roasting on an open fire
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On the streets of Guangzhou, you will not fail to see several sights of sweet potatoes being roasted over a grill on hot charcoal. They are nothing but the common sweet potatoes that are roasted plainly without any addition of ingredients or flavors. When ready, you may choose to add flavors such as a hot sauce, but this may end in killing the delicious natural flavor the potatoes already have.

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10. Double-layered milk pudding

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If you thought that milk pudding was only for kids, then be informed that it is not the case on the streets of Guangzhou. This is a must-try dessert on the street of Guangzhou, and you will be surprised to find very long queues on the stalls vending it. The basic ingredients of this legendary snack are milk, sugar, and eggs. Though a dessert, you don’t have to wait to get it after a huge meal. It is one of the most refreshing snacks you will be grateful to have on hot afternoons in Guangzhou.

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Appreciate the Cantonese culinary diversity on the streets of Guangzhou

Whether you are in Guangzhou for business or pleasure, a food street tour is a must. Use our recommendations above of the top street foods you must try in Guangzhou, China, so that you get a good base for exploring and appreciating the Cantonese culinary diversity on the streets of Guangzhou.

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