Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Qing Quan Fang, Hangzhou

We stopped by at another place that seemed popular with the locals which was also conveniently on the way to the train station.

The cold chicken had a nice hearty bite but other than that didn't really have much flavor.

The Hangzhou specialty of braised belly pork in soy sauce and dark vinegar was pretty king. Stewed to tender perfection, this is something that definitely demands seconds. See the nice marbling of fat? That's right, you eat that too.

The vegetables tasted pretty fresh and the broth was quite tasty but this wasn't really anything out of the ordinary.

The final dish of shrimp fried with longjing tea leaves was a bit of letdown though. Considering this took 40 minutes to prepare and cost more than the other dishes combined, there wasn't really any longjing flavor in this, the scant dressing of tea leaves would make even a stripper look modest. Maybe we didn't order the right dishes but the only thing here which will be memorable was that pork belly, in fact I feel like some right now!



J said...

did you contact the guide???

d'accord in exeter said...

Thiis is awesome