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Wuhan has been an important trade center since the old days. Thousands of businessmen from all over the world thronged into this city every year, bringing both goods and traditions from their own regions. Therefore folk customs and food flavors here are a blending of the northern and southern China styles. Traders who hurry to markets in the morning don’t have enough time to prepare breakfast at home and they often buy snacks at street food stalls. It became a custom for local people to call it “Guo Zao” (which simply means to have breakfast). If you have a plan to stay in the city, instead of eating western breakfast at your hotel, following the locals’ habit of Guo Zao will give you a chance to learn more about the everyday life of the Chinese. In front of a food stall, you may feel amazed at the skillful performance of vendors. They can tailor the flavor to each customer’s taste preference. Ji Qing Street and Hu Bu Xiang are the famous breakfast snacks streets in Wuhan.

>> Re Gan Mian (Hot-dry Noodles)

It is reputed to be one of the five most famous types of noodle in China and the most favorite choice for breakfast by Wuhan people. The chef first cooks the fresh noodles mixed with sesame oil in boiling water. When the noodles have cooked and cooled, it becomes pliable. Then, each time before eating, the noodle will be cooked in the same process again. Finally, dressings including spring onion and sauce will be added. Dozens of street vendors and small restaurants in the city sell Re Gan Mian.

>>  Si Ji Mei Dumplings (Season’s Dumplings)
Named after the Si Ji Mei Restaurant near the crossing of Hanjiang Lu, these dumplings are the taste of Wuhan.

>> San Xian Dou Pi (Fried Bean Sheets)

Ingredients including bean curd sheets, meat, eggs and smashed shrimps are made into fillings. The chef uses skins made of bean and rice flour to wrap those ingredients and fry in oil. Eggs are often added to bring a crisp cover. Chairman Mao praised it each time he ate.

>> Mian Wo (Fried Pie)
A kind of fried pie with a little salty taste, usually eaten with soybean milk or porridge for breakfast

Other snacks include Zhou Hei Ya (Spiced Duck), Aunt Xu’s Spicy Rice Noodle, Fried Lotus-Root Ball (Zha Ou Yuan) and Fried Stinky tofu (Smelly tofu). No words can describe the taste of those delicious foods.

Hubei Cuisine

With the rich fresh water resources, Hubei has a flourishing fishing industry and the local cuisine, known as “E Cuisine”, is one of the noted Ten Cuisines in China. Its fresh water fish dishes are well known and dominate 80% of the menus at the restaurants in Wuhan. Different from either sweet Cantonese food or hot spicy Sichuan cuisine, Hubei cuisine features lightly spiced flavoring and strong tastes, delicious soups and delicate fish dishes.

Wuhan Cuisine is also known for its unique methods of preparing delicacies from land and sea, freshwater fish and soup. Famous dishes include Steamed Wuchang Fish, Mianyang Three Steamed Dishes, Xiaotaoyuan Soup, Wangji Chicken Soup, Hongshan Vegetable Bolts, Dongpo Pork and others.

Steamed Wuchang Fish

With a history of over 1,700 years, Steamed Wuchang Fish is a typical food in Wuhan. This freshwater fish, when steamed together with mushrooms, bamboo shoots and chicken soup, keeps both the original fresh taste of the fish and the nutrients. China’s Chairman Mao Zedong in his poem “Swimming” writes: “I have just drunk the waters of Changsha. And come to eat the fish of Wuchang.” Actually, the so-called “Wuchang Fish” is not the lake fish from the present Wuchang, but those fished from the waters in E Country, because in ancient times, the name Wuchang referred to all the area of the present E Country.

Three Steamed Dishes

The three steamed dishes refer to steamed fish, pork, and meatballs or shrimp balls. People of Mianyang (now Xiantao City in Hubei Province) keep the traditional way of steamed dishes from the old days. Nowadays, chefs have tailored the ingredients, cooking methods, and techniques for the local people’s taste.

Vegetable Bolts

A kind of red vegetable grown in Hongshan District in Wuchang is a speciality of the city. It is crisp and tender with a refreshing flavor. A famous dish called Hongshan Bolts fried with Smoked Pork (Cai4 Tai2 Chao3 La4 Rou4) can be found on every menu in any restaurant. The carefully chosen vegetables are those grown right around the area near Baotong Temple in Hongshan, which are considered to be the most crisp and tender. The bolts and smoked pork are cut into three-centimeter (1.86-mile) long pieces and stir-fried. The finished dish should be fresh and tender.

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