Breakfast: The most important meal of the day! In the U.S., we might consider a proper breakfast to be eggs with toast and bacon, or cereal and orange juice, or yogurt and a pastry, or… just coffee. Always coffee.
But what’s the typical Chinese breakfast like? Well, it’s hard to speak to that for a country with wildly diverse food habits, but I can at least speak to Sichuan! Here are some popular breakfast options in my province.
Noodles （面 mian）
There are so many options for noodles in Sichuan! There’s wheat noodles, rice noodles, soup noodles, dry noodles, spicy noodles, mild noodles, vegetarian noodles, meaty noodles, thin noodles, thick noodles.
I’d say the three most popular breakfast noodles in my province are:
杂酱面 (Za Jiang Mian; Mixed Soy Sauce Noodles)
燃面 (Ran Mian; Dry “Burning” Noodles) – These are my favorite!!!
牛肉面 (Niu Rou Mian; Beef Noodle Soup)
Additional delicious noodles include…
Steamed Pork/Vegetable Buns （包子 baozi）
These come in different sizes: big or small. The most popular fillings here are preserved mustard greens, pork in soy sauce, and pork with scallion.
Steamed Buns （馒头 mantou）and Twisted Steamed Scallion Buns （花卷 huajuan）
Mantou can be made from wheat, whole wheat, or even corn!
Deep-Fried Dough Sticks （油条 youtiao）with Warm Soy Milk （豆浆 doujiang）
So, which would you like to try?? Come visit and we can try them all!