We wanted to eat food that was primarily from Hangzhou so we asked our hotel concierge for his recommendation. We trust his judgement since he is from Hangzhou and I’m so glad we listened to him! We went to a place that is right on West Lake, it must be a tourist attraction as well because it was packed even past breakfast and before lunch hours!
This is where we went, you have to walk through a parking lot that is guarded. There are swarms of people walking around and we didn’t have too much difficulty getting a table. Maybe because it was only the two of us? But there were lots of people, mostly Chinese but I saw a few foreigners here and there.
Lotus Root with a sweet glaze, fresh longan fruit on the side. It was beautiful to look at, it was so pretty with the blossoms and the red hue. But not my favorite to eat, it was so sweet that I could only eat a few bites.
Classic pork and crab soup dumplings. I thought it was only a Shanghai thing but Hangzhou does it too. It was delicious, plenty of soup and the meat was so tender. Definitely get this here.
Hangzhou’s most famous dish is called Dongpo Pork which was named after the famous poet Su Dongpo. We read at his museum that he made improvements to the dish while he was in Hangzhou and what we eat today is the result. Smart man, if you love pork belly (as you should, everyone should love bacon… unless you’re vegetarian) then you’ll love this.
It was such a small piece but it was so delicious. Since it’s so rich, fatty and flavorful, you would only want a small portion. My mouth is watering while I’m writing this post. ((((DROOOOOOLS))))
We had chive dumplings, the skin was especially good. I feel like the skins on most dumplings are so mediocre, they usually get soggy or really rubbery but these were delicious. They were pipping hot, which is the only way I like my dim sum!
Fried daze fish with black beans and you would think it’s a hot dish, but it’s not. It’s cold and extremely tasty. I love daze fish so I knew I would like this and I’ve had a dish similar to this while we were in Hong Kong. If you enjoy eating fish, you must get this!
This was my favorite this of all. It’s a type of jook or rice porridge. It had duck and napa cabbage. I love putting rice in my soups so this kind of reminded me of that. It wasn’t too salty but very flavorful. The bowl was gigantic and I could have easily eaten it myself because I loved it so very much!
If you can read Chinese, this is what we ate! Only 116RMB for all of that food, which was probably too much for two people. It’s a nicer place so it’s definitely a treat. Has anyone been to Hangzhou? How about Shanghai? I could use some recommendations for food and things to do that aren’t listed in my guidebooks.