Teochew Food / Chaozhou Food: Famous Dishes & Restaurants

Teochew food, as a part of Cantonese cuisine, is popular around world for its natural, fresh and mild taste and rich ingredients. The following are the most famous Teochew dishes and recommended restaurants to you.

Famous Teochew Food – Top 10 Dishes

1. Chaozhou Brined Meat

Chaozhou Brined Meat
Chaozhou Brined Meat

 Chinese Name: 潮州卤味
 Flavor: salty
 Cook Method: brining
Ii is a representative Teochew food. Brining is a special cooking method. The rich flavors of brined meat comes not only from the meat itself, but also brine soup with soybean paste, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, anise and green onion, etc. The common brined materials are pig trotter, duck, eggs and so on.

2. Oyster Omelet

 Chinese Name: 蚝烙
 Flavor: salty, fresh
 Cook Method: pan-frying
It is a traditional and popular Chaoshan food often sold at roadside stalls and snack markets. The ingredients are oyster, egg and tapioca starch. It is often eaten together with fish sauce.

3. Beef Koay Teow Soup

 Chinese Name: 牛肉粿条汤
 Flavor: fresh, salty
 Cook Method: boiling
Chaoshan people always take this Teochew food as their breakfast or night snack. Koay teow is a kind of rice noodles. There are always beef and handmade beef balls inside.

Teochew Porridge
Teochew Porridge

 Chinese Name: 潮汕砂锅粥
 Flavor: fresh, tender, salty
 Cook Method: boiling
Teochow porridge is a fresh and healthy staple food. Most of its fresh flavor comes from the sea food like crab and shrimp in the porridge. In the process of making Teochew porridge, chefs needs to keep stirring it and carefully controlling the heat. The cooker, usually casserole, makes the porridge more aromatic.

5. Chaoshan Beef Hot Pot

 Chinese Name: 潮汕牛肉火锅
 Flavor: salty, fresh
 Cook Method: boiling
The main ingredients of Chaoshan beef hot pot is various beef from different parts of cows killed just several hours ago. The beef is either sliced or minced and made into balls and served. The soup is lightly seasoned to highlight the freshness and flavor of the beef.

6. Jiazi Fish Ball

 Chinese Name: 甲子鱼丸
 Flavor: salty, fresh
 Cook Method: boiling
Jiazi is a famous fish port in Guangdong and the fish there is of high quality. Making fish ball is time consuming and labor consuming. The fish needs to be made into fish paste and then add sweet potato starch and rub it with hands for over 2 hours and then made into balls. The fish ball is snow white and tastes fresh and chewy.

Jiazi Fish Ball
Jiazi Fish Ball
Stir-fried Beef with Chinese Kale
Stir-fried Beef with Chinese Kale

7. Stir-fried Beef with Chinese Kale

 Chinese Name: 芥兰炒牛肉
 Flavor: salty
 Cook Method: stir-frying
Stir-fried Beef with Chinese kale is a homely and easy made Chaozhou food. Chinese kale can effectively release the greasiness of beef and makes the dish refreshing and healthy. The kale tastes crispy and the beef tender.

8. Patriotic Soup

 Chinese Name: 护国菜
 Flavor: fresh and salty
 Cook Method: bake stewing
It is a special Teochew dish with long history. It is said that the last emperor of Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD) escaped into a temple and he felt hungry, so the monk got some sweet potato leaves in the field and made him a dish. The emperor liked it much and named it “Patriotic Soup” for it saved the emperor.

9. Bitter Mellon and Sparerib Soup

Bitter Mellon and Sparerib Soup
Bitter Mellon and Sparerib Soup

 Chinese Name: 苦瓜排骨汤
 Flavor: fresh, salty
 Cook Method: stewing
This soup is especially popular in hot summer in Chaoshan area. It tastes a little bitter and can remove heat in body. It is also commonly used in the folk to treat prickly heat and cold. The bitter melon and sparerib together are good for health.

10. Sweet Potato Paste with Gingko

 Chinese Name: 白果甜芋泥
 Flavor: sweet
 Cook Method: steaming, stir-frying
It is a dessert in Teochew food recipes. The sweet potato is steamed and fried with white sugar and gingko. It is often the last dish of a meal. In Chinese culture, the last one is always the best one.

5 Best Teochew Restaurants

Chao Shan Lou Restaurant

Techow Food
Techow Beef Ball Soup

Chinese name: 潮膳楼 cháo shàn lóu
Address: Dongmen Street No. 22, Xiangqiao District, Chaozhou

Chao Huang Restaurant

Chinese name: 潮皇酒家 cháo huáng jiǔ jiā
Address: Chaozhou Road, Xiangqiao District, Chaozhou

Chao Lin Fu Restaurant

Chinese name: 潮林府私房菜 cháo lín fǔ sī fáng cài
Address: Changping Road No. 166, Longhu District, Shantou

Jin Cheng Chaozhou Restaurant - Best Chaoshan Cuisine Restaurant in Guangzhou

Chinese name: 金城潮州酒楼 jīn chéng cháo zhōu jiǔ lóu
Address: Guangzhou Road (near by the Nanke County Overpass), Haizhu District, Guangzhou

Chun Ji Teochow Porridge - Best Chaoshan Cuisine Restaurant in Beijing

Chinese name: 春记潮汕砂锅粥 chūn jì cháo shàn shā guō zhōu
Address: Liangxianggongchen Street No. 12, Fangshan District, Beijing

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- Last modified on Apr. 15, 2021 -
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