Suzhou, the finest place to discover and relish Eastern Chinese cuisine
|Tasteful interiors aside from delicious food|
At first, I was skeptical, since I already went to top-notch Chinese restaurants here in Manila, Hongkong, China and the States, and for me, there is nothing so authentic as eating in an ordinary stall in Hongkong or Guanzhou. Besides, what is so special about Eastern Chinese cuisine, by the way?
|The famous Sweet and sour soup from Eastern China, |
spicy Chicken, Xiaolongs, excellent Noodle soup and
We are all familiar with Western Chinese cuisine. We are normally accustomed to eating Sichuan and Hunan cuisines, that we are simply clueless as to what Eastern Chinese cuisine taste. What we don't know is that Eastern Chinese dishes have been the stuff of delicious talk in Manila's Chinatown ever since the very first Suzhou chef came into our shores and introduced those delicious dishes to the Chinoys first, and Pinoys, second.
Those who already visited Shanghai, these people are quite familiar with Eastern Chinese cuisine. Eastern Chinese cuisine, in my estimation, is the most healthy of them all. Most dishes use fish, shrimp and shellfish. Those caught in the Yangtze river, numerous lakes and river tributaries in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai and surrounding provinces in the Eastern seaboard are steamed, stewed, braised or fried. Eastern Chinese cooking recommends the use of sugars, fine tasting vinegars and wines to provide that exquisite sweet tastes and subtlety of flavors.
|You want privacy? Go to Suzhou at Global City|
One of the menu surprises there is the Xiaolong. Suzhou's pan fried or steam xiaolong is a delight. These are usually buns, not dumplings. Some would erroneously say that xiaolongs are dumplings, but they are not. The closest description to a Xiaolong is a bun. However, don't even confuse it with tang bao, which literally means "soup bun". Soup dumpling is more likely to be understood by a native Chinese speaker to be jiaozi or 'wantons' placed in a soup.
|Fusion of old and new, tastefully done|
When I visited the place, I was with my family and several media friends. They were all satisfied. The service is superb. The staff was very responsive. The food orders did not take long. And we all enjoyed eating delicious food in a comfortable place.
What a way to celebrate my forty second birthday.