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Local Dishes in Wenzhou

Over time, Wenzhou has formed its own cuisine with featured flavors, which combine both southern and northern dishes in China. A typical feature of Wenzhou dishes is its combination with seafood, as Wenzhou is a coastal city with abundant marine resources. There are over 250 delicious recipes based on sea food and using fish, shrimps, crabs and shells as their basic ingredients. Along Jiefang Street (解放街) and at Tianyijiao Snack Street (天一角食街) in the downtown, you can enjoy most of local delicacies in Wenzhou.

wenzhou blood clam

Blood Clam

 

wenzhou duck tongue

Duck Tongue

 

wenzhou fish pellet

Fish Pellet

 

wenzhou raw swimming crab

Raw Swimming Crab

wenzhou sansi qiaoyu

Sansi Qiaoyu

 

wenzhou lamp cake

Lamp Cake

 

wenzhou glutinous rice

Glutinous Rice

 

wenzhou tall man wonton

Wonton

wenzhou short man sponge cake

Sponge Cake

 

wenzhou xianqian tangyuan

Tangyuan

 

wenzhou yongjia wheat cake

Wheat Cake

 

wenzhou double tastes crabs

Double-Taste Crabs

Over time, Wenzhou has formed its own cuisine with featured flavors, which combine both southern and northern dishes in China. A typical feature of Wenzhou dishes is its combination with seafood, as Wenzhou is a coastal city with abundant marine resources. There are over 250 delicious recipes based on sea food and using fish, shrimps, crabs and shells as their basic ingredients. Along Jiefang Street (解放街) and at Tianyijiao Snack Street (天一角食街) in the downtown, you can enjoy most of local delicacies in Wenzhou.

wenzhou blood clam

Blood Clam

 

wenzhou duck tongue

Duck Tongue

 

wenzhou fish pellet

Fish Pellet

 

wenzhou raw swimming crab

Raw Swimming Crab

wenzhou sansi qiaoyu

Sansi Qiaoyu

 

wenzhou lamp cake

Lamp Cake

 

wenzhou glutinous rice

Glutinous Rice

 

wenzhou tall man wonton

Wonton

wenzhou short man sponge cake

Sponge Cake

 

wenzhou xianqian tangyuan

Tangyuan

 

wenzhou yongjia wheat cake

Wheat Cake

 

wenzhou double tastes crabs

Double-Taste Crabs

Blood Clam | Duck Tongue | Fish Pellet | Raw Swimming Crab

• Blood Clam is dipped in the hot water for a few second, and the clam can then be opened by hand. Inside is the clam meat together with some blood-like liquid. That’s why it is called blood clam. People in coastal areas consider blood clam nutritional and good for enriching the blood. Besides, according to the traditional Chinese medicine, it also helps to reduce phlegm and stop cough.

• Duck Tongue is quite popular among locals in Wenzhou. Fresh duck tongues are firstly seasoned with soybean sauce, sugar and rice wine for several hours and then dried. Finally, they are steamed to make a tasty dish.

• Fish Pellet is one of the most famous local snacks in Wenzhou. You can find fish pellet restaurants or stalls in almost every street of the city. The pellet is made of fresh fish meat with farina and other seasonings. After boiling, the white pellets give out tantalizing aromas with the fresh soup, drawing people to enjoy their peculiar taste.

• Raw Swimming Crab generally uses portunid crabs from the Ou River in Wenzhou. A live crab is firstly cut into pieces and seasoned with vinegar, soybean sauce, rice wine or other secret sauces for one hour. Due to the use of different sauces, the crab meat does not have any fishy smell and can be easily sucked from the shell.

Sansi Qiaoyu | Lamp Cake | Glutinous Rice | Wonton

• Sansi Qiaoyu (Fish Boiled with Three Kinds of Shreds) is a traditional Wenzhou dish and is easy to cook. The fish is cut into pieces and boiled with shreds of chicken, hams and wood mushrooms. The tender and smooth fish meat is very appetizing and this dish is usually used to entertain friends and relatives on festivals by the locals.

• Lamp Cake is a kind of fried cake formed into the shape of exquisite lamps which explains the name. There are many flavors of the cake with varieties of stuffing such as pork, shelled fresh shrimps, abalones meat and beef. The cakes have enticing aromas and taste crisp.

• Glutinous Rice is a typical breakfast in Wenzhou, tasty and popular among Wenzhou people. It is steamed and served with pieces of deep-fried bread stick and pork soup on the top. Generally, glutinous rice goes with some breakfast drinks like soybean milk, soybean jelly or seaweed soup to make a better taste.

• Wonton is another kind of dumpling which is stuffed with fresh pork. When the dumplings are boiled, they look like beautiful and transparent flowers because of their extremely thin wrappings. The locals are particular about the soup of the dumplings, in which they often add laver, egg, dried meat floss and small shrimps. Tall Man Wonton, a popular wonton restaurant in Wenzhou, is named after a tall man who was renowned for selling the most delicious wonton in the 1930s.

Sponge Cake | Tangyuan | Wheat Cake | Double-Taste Crabs

• Sponge Cake is a kind of dim sum made of pork, glutinous rice and sugar. It is rectangular in shape and tastes soft, sweet and a little salty. The sellers often make the cakes and sell them instantly to ensure their true flavor. Short Man Sponge Cake is a famous local store selling delicious sponge cakes in Wenzhou.

• Tangyuan is a kind of dumpling having different kinds of ingredients as its stuffing. The locals regard tangyuan as the symbol of reunion and luck because of their round shapes and pure white colors. Among all the kinds of tangyuan, those made of sesames, bean paste and pork are the most famous ones. Xianqian Restaurant has a long history of making these dumplings, providing you with an excellent chance to enjoy the most traditional and genuine tangyuan.

• Wheat Cake is a dainty made of wheat and baked in an iron barrel. Originating from villages along Nanxi River in Yongjia County of Wenzhou, it is crisp with different stuffing inside.

• Double-Taste Crabs is a piece of cake cooked with crab meat and pork during both steaming and frying, leaving it with two distinct tastes. The cake is firstly formed by putting fried crab meat on the shreds of pork to fry together in a pan; then is placed on a plate with another steamed crab meat decorated.

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