Hangzhou Cuisine, also known by the name of Hang Bang Cai, is an indispensable part of Zhejiang Cuisine, one of China’s top eight culinary disciplines. For its sweet and light flavor and connection with folklore, Hangzhou Cuisine is immensely popular among foreign friends. Featuring a delicately seasoned, light-tasting mix of seafood and vegetables, it is often served in soup or by the liberal use of sugar and a myriad of sauces. Typical cooking methods include boiling, stewing, braising and simmering. The result is a fresh, tender, fragrant and rich flavor, either crispy or soft, but far from greasy. Due to its unrivaled cuisine, Hangzhou shines as a culinary paradise. Its dishes, desserts, dim sums and snacks, are simply irresistible for food aficionados.

Top Ten Traditional Dishes

It is no exaggeration to say that without sampling the top ten traditional dishes, one’s trip to Hangzhou is not complete. Closely connected with notable figures having contributed to the prosperity of Hangzhou, these dishes offer not only a tasteful experience but a fitting insight into the history of Hangzhou as well.

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Hangzhou Local Snacks

Established as a city in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), being the capital of Wuyue Kingdom (907-978) and China in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Hangzhou features abundant culture and history, which in turn created the delicious snacks of strong local flavor and profound cultural connotation.

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Hangzhou Cuisine Museum

Hangzhou Cuisine Museum is one of theme museums in Hangzhou. It creatively displays various kinds of dishes and narrates the history of Hangzhou Cuisine. In there, people get to know more about Hangzhou Cuisine, taste Hangzhou delicacies, take cooking lessons and enjoy other activities.

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