Suzhou food refers to the food eaten in Suzhou, a major city of the Jiangsu Province of China. The city is located in the Yangtze Delta, and the cuisine here belongs to the Su cuisine, which is one of the eight famed cooking styles of China. The cuisine is marked by its fresh taste and moderately sweet and salty dishes, which retain the original tastes of ingredients used. The city is famous for its Xiao chi or snacks, which are often sold by food stalls on the streets.
Cooking Methods Adopted by Suzhou Cuisine
Cooking methods adopted include steaming, stir frying, sautéing, stewing, simmering or slow baking.
Popular Suzhou Recipes
- Pine Nut and Date Cake: It is a snack made of eggs, sugar, wheat flour and oil. It contains filling of fruits and pine nuts. It is a deliciously sweet cake which is prepared by slow baking.
- White Soup Noodles: They are popular in Maple Bridge Town, and are soup noodles containing crispy yet tender stewed meat.
- Sweet-Scented Osmanthus Chicken: It is a dish made of chicken, osmanthus sugar and white sugar.
- Bittern Bean Curd: It is a red colored bean curd dish from Suzhou which is now a popular confect across China.
Places Famous for Food in Suzhou
Traditional dishes of Suzhou Food can be enjoyed at Bifengfang Delicacy Street and Taijiannong Delicacy Street located in the Guanqianjie District, or Shiquanjie Food Street of the Panmen District.