What Are Some Items Typically Found on a Chinese Food Menu?

Spring rolls, dim sum, General Tso's chicken, fried rice, chow mein and sweet and sour dishes are some popular items available in most Chinese restaurants around the world. Well-known Chinese desserts include banana fritters, egg custard tarts and fortune cookies.

Spring rolls, dim sum and crab rangoon are some of the best-known Chinese appetizers around the world. Many restaurants serve wantons, either steamed or fried, as appetizers or as an integral part of chicken, vegetables or noodle soups.

Well-known main courses include General Tso's or cashew chicken, sweet and sour pork, ginger beef, and Peking duck. Many Chinese eateries serve chicken, duck and beef with lemon or orange sauces and a selection of vegetables. Traditionally, Chinese restaurants serve main dishes with boiled rice, fried rice or noodles. Some restaurants also offer wide selections of chow mein and other stir fry dishes that are part of the main course section of their menus.

General Tso's chicken, crab rangoon, wanton soup and egg rolls are some of the most popular Chinese dishes in America. Chicken with sweet and sour and orange sauces are among the top 10 most-ordered dishes. Fried rice is a popular side dish found on virtually every Chinese restaurant menu.