The Most Popular Chinese Takeaway Dishes in the UK

We don’t know about you but nothing quite hits the spot like a good old Chinese takeaway. It’s taken over from Indian as Britain’s most loved takeaway and with so many great dishes it’s not hard to see why.

Wondering what the most popular Chinese dishes are? Funnily enough so were we! In true Tasty Find fashion, we decided to do a little research and find out what were the most popular Chinese takeaway dishes in the UK. Here are our findings…

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Chow Mein, made with noodles, vegetables and meat, is one of Britain’s best loved Chinese dishes. (image:

Chow Mein

Brits go nutty for noodles! Yes, Chow Mein, a dish featuring stir-fried noodles mixed with meat, seafood or just plain vegetables is one of Britain’s best loved dishes. There’s no other stir-fry like it.

What we like most about Chow Mein (apart from its delicious greasiness) is the mixture of textures. It offers a great combination of slippery noodles, crunch bean sprouts and crispy water chestnuts that work together to get the taste buds going.

Whether you’re after a Friday night treat or a Saturday hangover cure, a Chow Mein from your local Chinese takeaway is sure to hit the spot.

Sweet and Sour

Another popular favourite is sweet and sour. This super tasty dish can be made with chicken, pork or king prawn and features a sticky sauce made from ingredients like sugar, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. The meat or fish is usually deep fried before being immersed into the gloopy yet glorious sauce, making for the perfect savoury dish for a Saturday night in.

Crispy aromatic duck

Peking duck is a popular Chinese dish but in the UK it’s all about the crispy aromatic duck. This dish, which was created in China Town (UK) in the latter half of the twentieth century, is a variation on the traditional Peking Duck.

The duck is first marinated with five spice, steamed until it is tender and then deep fried to give it a delicious crispy finish. It is then shredded and popped into pancakes with cucumber, spring onion and a good old serving of hoisin sauce.

If you like sumptuous flavours, a mix of textures and finger licking goodness, you’ll love the crispy aromatic duck from your local Chinese.

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No Chinese takeaway order is complete without a generous helping of spring rolls! (Image source: )

Spring rolls

When it comes to Chinese takeaway starters and side dishes, you simply can’t go wrong with a helping of spring rolls. With both meat and vegetable versions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and they taste great dipped into a big old pot of soy sauce. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!

Chop Suey

Chop Suey (which means assorted pieces) is a Chinese dish consisting of meat or fish (chicken, beef, prawns, pork) and eggs, which are cooked quickly with an assortment of vegetables including bean sprouts, cabbage and celery. They’re then bound in a thick, tasty sauce prior to serving.

Chop Suey is typically served with fried rice; however these can be replaced with stir-fried noodles, should the mood take you.

Special Fried Rice

And finally, we couldn’t complete this list of Britain’s most popular Chinese takeaway dishes without mentioning special fried rice. This delicious main (which can also be served as a side dish) consists of generous portions of shrimp and barbequed pork, scrambled together with egg and rice.

Special fried rice is the most popular fried rice dish served at Chinese takeaways in the UK and is commonly referred to as House Fried Rice.

Have you got a favourite Chinese takeaway dish that we’ve missed off our list? Feel free to share it with us in the comment section below!


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