This week lets look at the refined Zhejiang Cuisine. It originates from the populous and rich eastern province of Zhejiang on the Pacific. If you don’t like spicy cuisine, but prefer fish and seafood, then this is the food style for you. Hangzhou, its capital, was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, and the city was renowned for their wealth and sophistication.
Zhejiang Province, located along the eastern coastline of China, has been known as the land of plenty since ancient times. The east part of the province is occupied by countless fish farms, rich in over 500 fishes and seafood. The hilly terrains in the southwest part of the province are abundant in mountain delicacies; and the north part of the province is crisscrossed with countless rivers, lakes and ponds, offering up numerous freshwater products.
The characteristics of Zhejiang Cuisine can be summarized into four words, namely exquisiteness, specialty, freshness and tenderness. Exquisiteness refers to the strict ingredient selecting principle of Zhejiang Cuisine. Usually only the best parts will be kept in order to keep the high-quality of the dishes. Specialty refers to Zhejiang Cuisine preferring in using local seasonal specialties to highlight the local flavor. Freshness refers to Zhejiang Cuisine requiring the freshness of the raw material to make sure the authentic taste of the dishes. And tenderness means to use new ingredients to guarantee the tender and crisp taste of the dishes. To try Zhejiang Cuisine inspired dishes, try foods from our Traditional Chinese menu! Learn more…
Zhejiang Cuisine is renowned home and abroad for its diversified cooking techniques. It is especially good at sautéing, frying, stewing, stir- frying, steaming and roasting. All these cooking techniques are applied according to the utmost principle to preserve and convey the original flavor of the ingredients. Seasonings are also applied according to this principle. Zhejiang Cuisine believes that only when there are unnecessary tastes or smells of the ingredients need to be removed, then seasonings are necessary.
You definitely HAVE to try:
- Hangzhou – Pian Er Chuan
Pian Er Chuan (noodles with preserved vegetables), with a history of more than 100 years, is a famous noodle in Hangzhou. A Bite of China, a famous Chinese documentary television series, recorded this local food which is made of preserved vegetables, sliced bamboo shoots and meat.
- Hangzhou – Dongpo Pork
This dish is named after Su Dongpo, a renowned poet, artist and calligrapher in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the governor of ancient Hangzhou who initiated the building of the Su Causeway which protected the local people from floods. It was a project involving thousands of workers and in appreciation of their great endeavors Su asked his family to entertain the workers with pork and wine but his family mistook his words and put the pork and Shaoxing Wine together and then distributed it to the workers. Unexpectedly the pork turned out extremely tasty and the Hangzhou people favored it so much they named the dish Dongpo Pork.
- Jiaxing -Jiaxing Zongzi
Zongzi, traditional Chinese snacks, are made out of rice and stuffed with various fillings and then wrapped with bamboo leaves. Jiaxing locals love Zongzi and they eat it all year round. Jiaxing Zongzi is rich in rice, pork, red bean and salted egg yolk and after being steamed the flavor and taste is awesome. The most well-known brand of Jiaxing Zongzi is Wu Fang Zhai which is famed for its pork-stuffed Zongzi and also considered as the signature snack of Jiaxing.
- Shaoxing – Shaoxing Stinky Tofu
Stinky tofu is a kind of fermented tofu with an extremely strong odor and Shaoxing Stinky Tofu is not only famous for its pungent odor but also its delicious taste. Fried stinky tofu served with hot sauce and pickled cabbage is the most popular snack in Shaoxing and the secret of its success lies in its fermentation. Today, the aroma of Shaoxing stinky tofu continues to draw diners in droves.
So please continue to experiment and try the different tastes of each Chinese cuisine – you`ll broaden your horizons without stepping a foot out of your house!