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Dining in Suzhou

Suzhou Famous Dishes
The attractions of Suzhou exist not just in its scenic and artistic landscaping and architecture. Suzhou is also a paradise for gourmets, with its long history and thousands of years of culinary experience and culture. Suzhou Cuisine is famous for its delicate preparations, unique sweet flavor and its uniqueness in their dishes look and taste. Suzhou dishes vary according to seasons, so visitors can enjoy different dishes when dining in different seasons.

Suzhou Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish (Song Shu Gui Yu)
Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish is a signature of Suzhou cuisine. It is characterized by its lack of bones and soft meat. The name is derived from the dish's resemblance to a squirrel. This dish is served crispy on the outside and delicate on the inside, its body sprinkled with diced vegetables or pinenuts, and its tail turned up-just like a squirrel's. The fish is deep fried to give it a beautiful fragrance, while the meat inside is soft and fresh. The sweet and sour sauce further enhances its flavour, making this a mouth-watering and appetizing dish!

Whitebait Soup
Whitebait Soup is a typical dish in the Suzhou banquet. Whitebait, noted for its soft texture, appears on the Suzhou fish market every fall. This light and delicious soup is features the soft textured whitebait as its main ingredient. Ham, bamboo slices, green vegetables in the soup adds to its aromatic taste. It is a must try in Suzhou.

Biluo Shelled Shrimps
Biluo Shrimp is another representative of Suzhou dishes. It is named after Bi Luo Chun tea, which is produced in Suzhou. Many Suzhou dishes are made of the shelled shrimps, and the Biluo Shrimp is a traditional one. This dish is prepared using Bi Luo Chun tea leaves to flavour the shrimp, giving the dish its unique taste.

Cracking Eel Paste
Cracking Eel Paste, is another Suzhou dish. The eel paste is made with rice field eels being broiled, stir-fried or quick-boiled. The word cracking refers to the cracking sound of oil still present when the dish is served right out of the kitchen.

Watermelon Chicken
The chicken is rich in nutrition and the watermelon is not only a kind of popular fruit in summer but also has the function of clearing the excessive internal heat and inducing diuresis. Watermelon Chicken is unique in look and taste. The chicken is first braised, then marinated in a watermelon. The final result is a dish with both sweet and savoury flavours.

Suzhou Taihu boat dishes
Taihu Lake in Suzhou offers a unique array of seafood dishes. Currently, there are 13 boat restaurants along the fishing harbor at Taihu Lake. White fish is a specialty of the Taihu Lake. It is steamed with shredded ginger and red and green peppers. The dish is wonderful in texture, look, aroma and of course, taste.

Suzhou Snacks
Suzhou-snack is one of the four famous snacks in China, and the other three are popular snacks of Nanjing, Shanghai and Changsha. If you have sweet tooth, Suzhou has various snacks to impress and satisfy your sweet desires. Some famous and popular snacks are worthy a try when you are in Suzhou.

Pan-fried Steam Buns
It's classical, fantastic, wonderful, unexceptionable, terrific and awesome. Pan-fried Steam Buns is fried on a big pan in shallow oil, so the bottom of Pan-fried Steam Buns is very crisp and tasty. The most wonderful part is the filling which select and use leg meat of the hog. The secret of the dainty lies in the meat jelly which is mingled with the filling. After the frying, jelly is melted into juice, so it's absolutely tasty.

Suzhou Cakes and Pastries
Suzhou cakes and pastries are varies. They are sweet, crisp, sticky and flexible. They are also seasonable and fresh. Different seasons, even different months, the popular pastries are different. Suzhou pastries or cakes are necessary snacks in banquet, parties, festivals and ceremonies.

Green Dumpling
Green Dumpling is a special food during April. It is made from glutinous rice, the green colour is from the juice of bromegrass which takes you a fresh taste, and the filling is made from sweetened bean paste and sugar.

Suzhou style Noodles
Suzhou style noodles is very famous in the Yangtze River Delta area. The same as Japanese Ramen, Suzhou style noodles emphasize the soup too. Soup is the soul of the noodle. The different is Suzhou local noodle use fine noodles not the thick noodles in Japan. Due to the different colour of the soup, there are red soup noodles and white soup noodle. Also, the toppings are important too, you can choose chop steak, smoked fish, peeled prawns, eel paste or something else as your toppings.

Paopao Wonton
Wonton is a classical snack in South China, paopao wonton is the favourite for girls in Suzhou. The fillings usually use pork and shrimp and not filled too full, the remaining space is left for the air.

Suzhou Preserved Fruits
Preserved fruits according to local flavors consist of Beijing style, Canton Style, Suzhou style and Min (Fujian) style. Different styles are in different flavors. Suzhou preserved fruits originated from Suzhou, Shanghai, and Wuxi. The most famous preserved fruits are figs, cumquats and waxberries.,
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