Britain’s Favourite Chinese Dishes
It’s time to celebrate the wonder that is the Chinese takeaway! As a huge fan of Chinese takeaway myself, I decided to delve into the hungryhouse order data to discover which are the most popular Chinese dishes in Britain. There’s probably few surprises in our top five but there’s good reason why each of these dishes have come to be enduring takeaway classics.
The Five Most Popular Chinese Takeaway Dishes in the UK
These stir-fried noodles are a mainstay of British-Chinese food culture and it’s not hard to understand why. Delicious mixed with meat, seafood or just plain vegetables, its the ultimate stir-fry. Plus, chow mein’s greasy goodness ensures that it’s always a surefire hangover hit. Whether it be a Friday night treat, a Saturday night hangover remedy or even Sunday morning breakfast, I find it impossible to get sick of them!
Crispy aromatic duck
Pretty much a guaranteed dish on every Chinese food menu in Britain, crispy aromatic duck is derived from Peking duck and, due to being invented in London’s Chinatown in the 1970s, has come to represent the fusion of British tastes and Chinese cuisine. It’s deep-fried deliciousness combined with that perfect spicy marinade means it’s no wonder it is consistently one of the most ordered Chinese dishes throughout the UK.
Egg Fried Rice
Sweet and Sour
And then there’s the ubiquitous sweet and sour. It’s authenticity may be arguable but I have to say I love it in all it’s glutinous glory! Whether it be with chicken, pork or king prawn that’s first battered and then deep fried before being immersed in that delicious sweet and sour gloop, this really is the staple of many a saturday night-in.
Last but not least, there’s the eternally popular spring rolls. Let’s not kid ourselves, the greasier these bad boys are, the better! Technically Chinese spring rolls are filled with cabbage and various other vegetables but to be honest, I’m all about the fried rice paper dipped in soy sauce. A better starter to any Asian meal, I’ve yet to find!
What is your favourite Chinese takeaway dish? Let us know in the comments below!