Zhejiang (or Hangzhou) cuisine is one of the eight famous culinary arts in China. Zhejiang cuisine offers combined flavors of Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou. Each of the three sub-cuisine traditions is noted for its special flavor and taste, but they are all characterized by the careful selection of ingredients, emphasizing minute preparation, and unique, fresh and tender tastes.
Zhejiang cuisine specializes in quick-frying, stir-frying, deep-frying, simmering and steaming, obtaining the natural flavor and taste. Special care is taken in the cooking process to make the food fresh and tender. Thanks to exquisite preparation, the dishes are not only delicious in taste and but also extremely elegant in appearance. The fresh, tender, soft, and smooth dishes accompanied by its mellow fragrance have won for itself widespread reputation in the culinary world.
Hangzhou dishes, being the most important part of Zhejiang cuisine, are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and most refreshing taste. The local specialties include Beggar's Chicken, West Lake Vinegar Fish, Dongpo Pork, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves, and Sistern Song's Shredded Fish Soup.
Dongpo Pork is a braised pork which was first created by Su Dongpo, a famous poet who was also appointed Governor of Hangzhou twice in the Song Dynasty, when he served as a local official of Hangzhou.
The dish is made from belly pork which is cut into four pieces and first briefly boiled and then rinsed. Next, the pork is put into a pot with sugar, soy sauce, onion, ginger and rice wine. Then the pot is sealed and the pork is cooked for about two hours in the oven until it is tender. Finally, it is transferred to a bowl with the juices from the pot strained over the meat, and the bowl covered and put inside a steamer and steamed for at least two hours.
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Beggar's Chicken is actually the most famous of all the Hangzhou dishes. It's an entire chicken cooked in a ball of mud. The dish gets its name from a story about an emperor who once took a ride in the countryside and smelled something delicious. He ordered his men to trace the scent and found an old beggar roasting a chicken.
To cook the chicken, first the organs of the chicken are removed, then the chicken is stuffed with pork, onion, ginger and other Chinese herbs. Next, the chicken is wrapped around lotus leafs and in clay and baked over low heat for hours. The chicken is tasty and tender with a pleasant aroma of lotus leaves.
West Lake Vinegar Fish
Sweet and sour carp is a great dish, prepared with fresh and alive grass carps from the West Lake. The fish is first starved for 2 days in order to get rid of the mud smell. The meat is coated with vinegar tenderly cooked in spicy sauce. This dish integrates delicious, sweet and sour tastes, which tastes just like crabmeat.
Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves
This elegant dish has its origins in the imperial court of Beijing, where Long Jing tea from the Hangzhou region, was the most popular in China. The coolness of this tea on one's tongue is quite evident in this recipe.
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The following are a list of restaurants providing a sampling of Hangzhou's different flavors of cuisines at its finest:
Louwailou Restaurant is the most famous restaurant located in
Solitary Hill right at the heart of West Lake. It boasts a history
of over 100 years of existence, and the most authentic restaurant
in Hangzhou. Savor the superb Hangzhou cuisine while enjoying
the awe-inspiring sight of West Lake. The specialties include
the West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source, the Fried Shrimps with
Longjing Tea Leaves, and the famous Beggar's Chicken.
Zhiweiguan Restaurant is on Renhe Road and it is now one of the
biggest and the most modern restaurants in Hangzhou. It has four
stories of fine dining and top of the line recreation facilities.
Popular low priced dishes are served on the first floor. The second
floor serves seafood. The high and medium grade box area is on
the third floor. The fourth floor consists of a Banquet Room,
a Bar, a Chess Room and a KTV recreation area. You can take advantage
of the great views of the picturesque West Lake from the restaurant.
Tianxianglou Restaurantis known far and wide
for its excellent Hangzhou dishes.
The Cantonese like their food light, fresh, and cooked naturally. Try these restaurants for a taste of Cantonese food in Hangzhou .
Provence French Restaurant
Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
Shanhe Teppanyaki, Fengqi Branch
NOTE: Although this information is correct at the time of our web publication, it is still advised that you call the phone number and confirm the address before going to the venue because some venues may have changed their telephone numbers or address locations.