The world-famous traditional Hangzhou cuisine, Sister Song’s Fish Broth tastes as good as crab meat, and is lustrous in color, and creamy in taste.
Brief of Sister Song’s Fish Broth
As a world-famous traditional Hangzhou cuisine, Sister Song’s Fish Broth (called SongsaoYugeng in Chinese), dates back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). It tastes as good as crab meat, and is lustrous in color, and creamy in taste.
According to the historical records, after the overturn of the Northern Song (960–1127), the Northern Song royal court and its people retreated to Ling’an which now is Hangzhou. Amongst those who followed was a woman called Song wusao. She settled down by West Lake with her brother-in-law, and tried to make a living by fishing. On one occasion her brother-in-law had a bad cold and Song wusao made him a bowl of special fish soup. It was a thick soup made with fish, pepper, ginger, wine, ham and vinegar. Shortly after her brother-in-law ate the fish soup, he recovered. Somehow Emperor Gaozong (the founding emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty) tasted this special fish soup and spoke highly of it. Because of this, the fish soup’s reputation spread far and wide, and was named after Song wusao– Sister Song’s Fish Broth.
Note: The Song Dynasty was a ruling dynasty in China between 960 and 1279, and it can be divided into two distinct periods: the Northern Song and Southern Song. The Southern Song was founded after the Northern Song by Emperor Gaozong.
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