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Yechun Teahouse is one of the 3 famous teahouses of Yangzhou. It specialises in Yangzhou-style (Huaiyang) dimsum and is extremely popular with locals, especially for breakfast tea. You could choose to order by set (per person) or ala carte, out of which I would prefer the latter.
Favorite Dish: Some of the most tasty and authentic items to order here would be the steamed bun with 3 kinds of filling (san1 ding1 bao1), steamed bun with 5 kinds of filling (wu1 ding1 bao1), Yechun steamed dumplings (ye3 chun1 zheng1 jiao3), beancurd shreds in chicken broth (da4 zhu3 gan1 si1), steamed bun with crab roe and soup filling (xie4 huang2 tang1 bao1), steamed dumplings with "sharksfin" filling (yu2 chi4 zheng1 jiao3), crystal jade siew mai (fei3 cui4 shao1 mai4)... there're too many to list! Some are Yangzhou-style dimsum, while a number are unique to this teahouse.
For the steamed bun with crab roe and soup filling, you drink the soup with a long straw (be careful, hot!) before cutting it open to eat.
The tea itself serves a functional rather than "beauty" purpose.
Written Jan 8, 2010
Address: 10 Fengle Xiajie
Phone: 86-514-87314650 / 87368018
Calling this a "restaurant" would be a misnomer. Gonghechun is one of the 3 famous teahouses of Yangzhou. However this one looks like a canteen...! Don't expect any ambience here, but you can find tasty local fare at very reasonable (or actually, dirt-cheap!) prices. Bring a large appetite!
Unfortunately the establishment has a strange rule against photography, so I only got a photo of the outside of the store.
Favorite Dish: This place is known for its Yangzhou-style dimsum. I would recommend trying the noodles with baby shrimp dumplings (xia1 zi0 jiao3 mian4), xiaolongbao with crab roe filling (xie4 huang2 xiao3 long2) and fried dumplings (guo1 tie1).
Written Jan 7, 2010
Address: 79 Ganquan Lu
The restaurant is in a non-central part of town which looked a little scary (not lively) when we came by taxi, but this has to be one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in Yangzhou. It's very popular with locals, if you come without reservations during mealtime, be prepared to have to wait and have to share tables with other diners (no you don't have to share dishes or the bill). In fact, there was a wedding dinner going on upstairs when we arrived.
Best to go with a group of friends so that you can order a bigger variety of dishes to share.
We went to the Donghe outlet located at Chengdong Lu; there's another outlet on the west part of town on Yangzijiang Zhonglu.
Favorite Dish: The Yangzhou fried rice here might be the best in town! This should be on everyone's must-eat list for this city. Studded generously with small shrimp, omelette, black-ear mushroom, tiny carrot dots, spring onion and other ingredients, this was unforgettably mouth-watering. I had a craving for more even before I finished my own bowl.
The beancurd shreds in chicken broth (da4 zhu3 gan1 si1) and stir-fried freshwater shrimp were also very good.
Written Jan 7, 2010
Address: 1 Chengdong Lu
Phone: 86-514-87900760 / 87900763
Yiyuan Restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the building, at the Siwangting junction. There's a good view of the streets and I think it would be even prettier at night.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant is apparently famous for its beancurd shreds in chicken soup (da4 zhu3 gan1 si1), so that should be on your to-eat list.
The Yangzhou fried rice was definitely not as good as the one we had at the Shiweitian Restaurant the night before. Another recommended dish, the lion's head (pork and crabmeat ball) had a good mix of lean and fatty pork, but it felt not as fresh as it should be, maybe we were just unlucky that day.
Written Jan 7, 2010
Address: 1 Siwangting Lu
Phone: 86-514-85101222 / 85100777
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