10 Famous Chinese Foods to Cool You Down this Summer

In hot summer, Chinese people like to eat some iced desserts and cold dishes to clear away inner heat and whet appetite. Here are 10 famous Chinese food which can help cool you down.

1. Cucumber with Garlic

Cucumber with Garlic
Cucumber with Garlic

Chinese Name: 拍黄瓜 pāi huáng guā
Cucumber with Mashed Garlic tastes sour, spicy and refreshing, very popular in hot summer. Crunch the cucumbers with the side of a knife, then cut the crunched cucumber into chunks or simply slice the cucumber. Add mashed or sliced garlic, pepper oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, salt and vinegar to the cucumber chunks. Then pour a spoon of hot oil. After mixing them well and dishing it up, you can enjoy this famous Chinese food. The proportion of condiments in the sauce depends on your taste.

Read more: Recipe - How to Make Cucumber with Mashed Garlic

2. Rose Ice Jelly

Chinese Name: 玫瑰冰粉 méi guī bīng fěn
Rose Ice Jelly is a famous dessert in southwestern China. People fall in love with it at the first glance of its crystal and transparent appearance. It tastes smooth and ice with rose aroma, helping a lot to clear away the heat inside the body, hence very suitable for hot summer. In addition to rose petal jam, sunflower kernels, sesames, and preserved fruits are also added when eating.

3. Mung Bean Jelly

Chinese Name: 绿豆凉粉 lǜ dòu liáng fěn
Mung Bean Jelly is cooked with mung bean flour, having an effect on relieving summer heat. It can be fried or dressed with seasonings to make a cold dish. In summer, people prefer the cold one. Cut the mung bean jelly into strips firstly, and add mixed sauce of mashed garlic, chopped corianders and shallots, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar and chili oil and fried peanuts. Then, the tasty and appetizing Mung Bean Jelly tastes sour and spicy is ready.

Mung Bean Jelly
Mung Bean Jelly
Cold Noodles (Liang Pi)
Cold Noodles (Liang Pi)

4. Shaanxi Cold Noodles (Liang Pi)

Chinese Name: 陕西凉皮 shǎn xī liáng pí
Shaanxi Cold Noodles, a Shaanxi snack, is also a sour and spicy famous Chinese food to stimulate appetite. When you are in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, you can see quite a large amount of restaurants selling it. It is also the “star” of food streets and roadside stands. It would be highly pleasant to eat a bowl of cool Shaanxi Cold Noodles in hot days. If going with a bottle of iced Ice Peak, the Xi’an cola, it would be the best enjoyment.

Read More: Top 10 Restaurants to Eat Liang Pi in Xi'an

5. Mung Bean Soup

Chinese Name: 绿豆汤 lǜ dòu tāng
Mung Bean Soup is a famous Chinese dish, especially in summer. Drinking it often can prevent from sunstroke. It’s quite easy to make it. Just boil the soaked mung beans with rock candies until the mung beans are extremely soft and the soup becomes green. It’s better to be stored in the refrigerator for several hours and drink it cool.


6. Cold Spinach

Chinese Name: 凉拌菠菜 liáng bàn bō cài
Cold Spinach is a famous summer food in China that tastes a little sour. The dish helps digest and relax the bowels. It is extremely simple to cook it: boil the spinach, take it out and drain water off; then, fry chopped chili, shredded ginger and garlic dices and pour them on the spinach; at last, add salt and vinegar to stir well.

Cold Spinach
Cold Spinach
Stir-fried Lily Bulb and Celery
Stir-fried Lily Bulb and Celery

7. Stir-fried Lily Bulb and Celery

Chinese Name: 西芹百合 xī qín bǎi hé
Stir-fried Lily Bulb and Celery is a famous Chinese dish that is suitable to eat in hot days. Green and fresh celery arouses appetite and the lily bulbs helps clearing away heat in the body. The food can help bring blood pressure down too, thus the hyperpietics can eat it. Stir-fry chopped shallots and garlics first, and add fresh lily bulbs to stir-fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Then, add celery sections to continue stir-frying. Add salt 4 or 5 minutes later. Stir-fry them well, then the dish can be severed.

8. Stir-fried Cabbage Mustard

Stir-fried Cabbage Mustard
Stir-fried Cabbage Mustard

Chinese Name: 清炒芥蓝 qīng chǎo gài lán
Although cabbage mustard is a little bitter, it is a praised food to promote appetite, benefit to digest and cool people down. Stir-fry is the best way to cook it, and Stir-fried Cabbage Mustard is quite popular, in particular in hot summer. Before stir-frying, soak cabbage mustard for half an hour at first, then separate the leaves and trunks. Dry-fry the trunks of cabbage mustard, and add the leaves to fry. Afterwards, add some cold boiled water and braise the vegetable. Three minutes later, take off the pot cover, pour some fish sauce into and stir-fry well.


9. Scrambled Egg with Bitter Melon

Chinese Name: 苦瓜炒蛋 kǔ guā chǎo dàn
Scrambled Egg with Bitter Melon is a famous Chinese food. In summer, eating bitter melon can not only whets the appetite and cools down the internal heat, but also helps keep the skin moisture.  Beat up eggs, add in salt and bitter melon dices. Then, stir-fry chopped shallots, and then add the egg liquid together with bitter melon dices. Stir-fry them to make egg liquid curdle quickly. After that, sprinkle a little sesame oil to stir them well. You can also stir-fry the eggs first and then stir-fry it with bitter melon together.

10. Winter Melon and Sparerib Soup

Chinese Name: 冬瓜排骨汤 dōng guā pái gǔ tāng
Based on Chinese dietary habit, soups are more suitable in winter. However, Winter Melon and Sparerib Soup is one of the a few soups also popular in summer, because winter melon plays a role in expelling toxin and clearing away heat and damp in the body. If adding pearl barleys in the soup, it would function better. First, quick-boil spare ribs to get away the dirty blood. Then, stew the ribs and pearl barleys to be tender with ginger slices. After that, add the winter melon slices and salt into the pot and continue to stew for a dozen minutes.

- Last modified on Nov. 29, 2019 -
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