Dishes known as “Hangbang cai,” or Hangzhou-style cuisine, is known as one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. It represents Zhejiang Cuisine and is famous for its light taste and elegant appearance. As one of the most representative Chinese traditional dishes, Hangbang cai has a history of more than 1000 years and a strong cultural foundation.
There are famous Hangzhou dishes like Long Jing Fried Shrimp, Beggar’s Chicken, West Lake Vinegar Fish, and Deep-fried Bean Curd Rolls. In addition, snacks such as West Lake Lotus Root Starch, Congbaohui, a kind of pancake rolled with Yau Char Kwai and shallot, then eaten with a type of sweet sauce, and Xiaolongbao Soup Dumplings are also well-known. Behind almost every snack and dish, there lies a story.
According to legend, during the Southern Song Dynasty, Auntie Song's fish soup was favored by the Emperor, which in turn, made it famous around the World. Restaurants hundreds of years old such as Louwailou (the tower beyond tower), Zhiweiguan, and Kuiyuanguan undoubtedly cook the most representative Hangzhou dishes and snacks today.
However, there are also restaurants such as Grandma’s Kitchen, Green Tea, Zhangshengji, which opened recently, and now offer people a new type of Hangzhou Cuisine. They are widely welcomed, and you don’t need to spend much to have a satisfying meal in Hangzhou.
To further promote Traditional Hangzhou Cuisine Culture, the Hangzhou Cuisine Museum has been built. It provides tourists with a good opportunity to understand more about Hangzhou Culinary Culture. Here you can taste authentic Hangzhou dishes and experience their cultural evolution throughout 2000 years of history. Moreover, you can see different aspects of the city as well as different styles of eating.
—————————————————————————————A list of Hangzhou Snack Streets
Southern Song Imperial Snack Street
Gaoyingjie Snack Street
Dadoulu Snack Street
Shenglihe Snack Street
Baijingfang Lane Snack Street
Hedonglu Snack Street
Hefangjie Snack Street
Jinjie Seafood Snack Street
Maojiabu Snack Street
Baishaquan Snack Street
Jingzhoulu Snack Street
Zhoushandonglu Snack Street
Xiaohezhijie Snack Street
In addition to Chinese Cuisine, Hangzhou also offers a variety of cuisines from various other parts of the world.