Chinese: 包子 , bāozi “steamed buns with stuffing”;
馒头 , mántou “steamed buns without stuffing”.
Chinese people eat steamed buns at any meal, but they are especially popular at breakfast.
There is a huge variety of flavors, salty and sweet. Salty flavored buns are stuffed with ground pork, eggplant, eggs, and vegetables. Sweet flavored buns are stuffed with bean paste, creamy custard, sesame seeds, and sugar. They are also very convenient for a take-out.
Chinese: 豆浆 , dòujiāng “soy bean milk”.
Soybean milk is made with a blender. You can find freshly blended or boiled soy milk in disposable cups at most breakfast stalls. It's very convenient for a take-out.
Chinese: 豆花 , dòuhuā “bean flower”.
Tofu pudding is a popular Chinese snack made with very soft tofu, which is made from raw beans. Flavors of tofu pudding vary by region. In the North, people like to have salty tofu pudding with soy sauce or salt, or with meat. However, in the South, people prefer the sweet version with ginger and brown sugar syrup.
Hot and Dry Noodles
Chinese: 面条 , miàntiáo “noodles”.
Hot and dry noodles are different from other noodles dishes in that the fresh noodles are first coated in sesame oil and cooked until tender, then reheated with a short bath in boiling water just before serving. The noodles are served without soup (the “dry” part of the name), topped with condiments like sesame past, garlic chives, pickled vegetables, and chili sauce.
Chinese: 茶鸡 , chájīdàn “tea eggs”.
Sold at pretty much every convenience store and breakfast stall across China. Tea eggs are, as the name suggests, hard-boiled eggs that are soaked in a fragrant spiced broth made with tea leaves. The tea leaves (and the addition of dark soy sauce) give the eggs a distinctive dark brown marbling where it seeps through the cracked shells.
Where to eat breakfast in China
Chinese people are very busy and you will see crowds of people stopping at street carts to grab breakfast on the way to work. These small stors are the best place to try a truly authentic Chinese breakfast. What’s your favorite Chinese dish for breakfast? Let us know in the comments below.