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12 Dishes That Should Convince You To Book A Flight To Hainan

Fact: Holidays are an excuse to eat everything and anything on offer.

1. Start off your day with some fresh fruit...

2. ...or a fruit smoothie.

3. Before moving on to devouring some breakfast noodles. Yes, BREAKFAST NOODLES.

4. For lunch, why not share some Wenchang chicken in the city of its origin...

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This dish is the hometown speciality of the Wencheng city area in the north-east of Hainan.

5. ...or have a whole dish of Hainanese chicken rice to yourself.

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This dish, made of Wenchang chicken, has reached cult status in Hainan and beyond. A simple dish, the rice has been cooked with the juices of the chicken, and it comes with a cool dipping sauce and chillies.

6. You might as well try some Hainanese yellow lantern chilli sauce while you're at it.

7. Seafood lovers would be silly not to order a dish of Hele crab.

8. Fancy a mid-afternoon snack? Go on a hunt for some Hainanese udon noodle soup...

9. ...or a sharing-sized "hot pot" dish.

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This dish is made for sharing, so gather the troops and tuck in. Your hot pot will arrive bubbling with the meat still cooking. In the meantime, you can get creative and mix in other elements like vegetables, noodles, and spices before ladling out your own individual portion. The choice of add-in options is endless, but, thanks to Hainan's island location, seafood is a popular addition.

10. Broaden your horizons by trying something unusual, like sea urchin.

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While you might not want to step on a sea urchin, you'll definitely want to try this local delicacy, which is filled with scrambled eggs.

11. But if you're feeling homesick, order a plate of Hainanese roast pork.

12. But before you leave, make sure you try a chicken chop dish.

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This Hainanese version of fried chicken with gravy is popular not just on the island itself but also in Singapore and Malaysia. If you've eaten enough Wenchang chicken already, then order the pork version.

No matter what you try while you're in Hainan, rest assured it'll be damn tasty.

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