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Hangzhou Dining

Hangzhou cuisine is one of Chinese Eight Cuisines,"light, cool and chic" is the most significant feature of Hangzhou food. Generation poet Su Dongpo had praised "the world feast of Sheng, Hangzhou is also not like" and there is allusions of "smells dismount" . Hangzhou cuisine is also well known for its cheap and delicious.

There are many delicious Hangzhou dishes, most notably like Beggar Chicken, Dongpo Pork, Song Mrs. Geng, motorcoach, Longjing shrimp, West Lake water shield soup, braised bamboo shoots, etc. Dongpo Pork is fat but not greasy, Beggar Chicken tender and tasty, delicious Xihucuyu, you should not miss these delicious local Hangzhou food. 

There are many famous restaurants in Hangzhou such as "louwailou”, "tianwaitian”,”shanwaishan”. First arrived in Hangzhou, you may be directed at "Louwailou" attracted away, where you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of West Lake, a quaint building.When you look from the window, there is the glittering West Lake in Hangzhou. It’s how the old hangzhou looks like and the food here is very authentic. In addition that, there are many other fine dining places in Hangzhou. 

Hangzhou is also famous for its tea and there are many great places to taste Longjing tea besides West Lake. You can drink tea at Meijiawu leisure, enjoy the comfort and freedom of nature, or talk and enjoy tea in Wenlan Pavilion, feeling the elegant and quiet of “cangshuge”. 

Some Famous Feature Food in Hangzhou 

1 West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy

The lake, the canals and the nearby ocean guarantee fish, shrimp and other seafood as staples in the cuisine. Perhaps the most famous fish dish of Hangzhou cooking is West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy. In this dish, a fresh alive grass carp is firstly kept hungry in clear water for one to two days to rinse well, and then it is cut in half from head to tail but not separated, delicately poached and then served eyes-up and topped with a sharp sweet and sour, vinegar-based sauce. This dish integrates delicious tastes, with tender fish meat like crab meat.

2 Beggar"s Chicken

The beggar"s chicken, or Jiaohua Chicken, is a traditional Chinese, especially Hangzhou, as popular with tourists as with far eastern gourmets. Main materials of this dish call for a chicken, leaves and pond mud. When the chicken is packed with delicate fillings, it is the lotus leaf and mud wrapping that makes this chicken so tasty, tender and intriguing.

Beggar"s Chicken has interesting stories just like other typical dishes of Hangzhou. The legend about the beggar"s chicken is a Hangzhou thief invented it. As he had no stove, he wrapped the stolen bird in clay and baked in a hole in the ground. Then the taste of this chicken is so charming that the cooking methods went round widely from then on.

3 Dongpo Pork

Dongpo Pork is a specialty of Hangzhou with very crispy outside. The name "Dong po" comes from the medieval Chinese poet Su Dongpo. Dongpo Rou (Chinese pronunciation) refers to braised pork belly.

It is usually served as a 2 inch cube of pork in individual clay lidded pot. Being braised with soy and sugar and spices, it is very soft and juicy, and also very tasty. One of the special flavorings in Braised Dongpo Pork is Shaoxing Wine – a kind of yellow rice wine. It also needs take at least 4 hours to get the best results when making Dongpo Pork. It is done when the fat, skin, and meat are easily pierced with blunt chopsticks. At this time Dongpo Pork is red and bright in color, oily but not greasy, crisp but not smashed, plus mellow juice. It is usually served with plain rice or steamed buns and accompany with some greens or vegetables. 

Shelled Shrimp with Dragon Well Tea

This dish is prepared with shelled fresh water shrimps and the well-known Dragon Well (Longjing) green tea leaves. It is beautiful in color has a special taste.

Hangzhou Soy-sauce Duck

Hangzhou soy-sauce duck is a type of marinated duck. It is the typical flavor and adopted the traditional methods of the folk. The ducks are chosen from those stout and strong and good ones, and then are pickled and topped with soy-sauce. Well processed ducks usually in the bordeaux color are fragrant. They taste a bit salt and tiny sweet.

Hangzhou Food Streets

1 Baoshu Road Food Street
There are many featured restaurants along the Baoshu Road, such as Liujia Xiangliaguan Restaurant and Pian Er Chuan Restaurant.

2 Jingzhou Road Food Street
It is a new trend food street, located in the west Hangzhou City. On both sides of the road, there are not a few eating joints with characteristic décor and flavor. However, it is a little far from downtown area.

3 Hefang Street Food Street 
This is an archaized Ming and Qing Dynasty pedestrian street. The short street is dotted with lots of traditional snack bars. It is really worth trying the bean curd with odor, shortcake, Dingsheng cake and so on.

4 Gaoyin Lane Food Street
There are lots of good restaurants here for people to choose. Surely you will be dazzled.