Noodles Cooked with Quick-fried Eel Shreds and Shelled Shrimps (虾爆鳝面)
When referring to Hangzhou’s renowned noodles, the town can certainly name a few, but by far the most unique are the Noodles Cooked with Quick-fried Eel Shreds and Shelled Shrimps. This type of noodle is the signature dish of Hangzhou century-old Noodle Restaurant — Kui Yuan Restaurant (奎元馆) and there is a popular saying in Hangzhou: Without tasting the noodles in Kui Yuan Restaurant your trip to Hangzhou is not complete.
Besides Kui Yuan Restaurant, other renowned Hangzhou old brand noodle restaurants like Huijuan Noodle Restaurant (慧娟面馆) and Zhong’er Noodle Restaurant (忠儿面馆) are also popular places in which to taste these noteworthy noodles.
Cat’s Ear (猫耳朵)
To those new to Hangzhou, Cat's Ear is not a cat’s ear but a kind of noodle shaped like a cat’s ear and a bowl of Cat's Ear contains many ingredients such as shrimp, ham, chicken, mushroom and dried scallops. The best place to taste Cat's Ear is in Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant (知味观).
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.