My hotel in Zhouzhuang, which is a traditional house owned by local people (see my Zhouzhuang hotel tips section for more details) provide home cooked meals for RMB$25. It consists of rice, two vegetable dishes, one soup and one fish from the river or lake. The food is nice and it is a very good experience try the local stuff.
You cannot miss the many Wan Shan pig legs on sale at Zhouzhuang, and this bulky local food is apparently very famous in this region of China. I did not try it in Zhouzhuang, but managed to try it when I was in Shanghai.
There are lots of eating places in Zhouzhuang which serves local food from the nearby rivers and lakes, including fishes, crabs, lobsters, prawns, clams etc. The vegetables here are also fresh and nice. Each of these restaurants will display their live seafood infront of their shops.
I had my dinner here because I was staying overnight in this hotel. I was surprised after seeing so many customers were already there. Very good business even it was a weekday. We got a private room (at no extra charges) and ate comfortably. We ordered the famous Wansan Braised Pork Tendon, steamed fish and some other food, got a bottle of free wine because it happened to be their anniversary. The food here is delicious and yet much cheaper than Shanghai.
Favorite Dish: Wansan Braised Pork Tendon, don't miss it!
People of Zhouzhuang are very fond of tea. They drink it in a tasteful way, using
ancient tea sets, boiling water in pottery or earthen jars, bamboo slices or branches as fuel. People used to see groups of old women sitting together and drinking tea ,and hence the name, grandmother tea. At present, people like to take some vegetables, melon seeds, beans and other pastries during the tea drinking.
One of the favourite past time in Zhouzhang is to laze around and drink tea at one of the many tea houses along the waterways. Very enjoyable experience to relax and enjoy the day.
There's a local style of roast pork kunckle that should be tried. You can find a lot of these along the canals.
This is Zhouzhuang's most famous
delicacy. The pig's upper leg with
flavorings is cooked or steamed until
well-done.The soup ,which turns red,is
saline and sweet.
Here are some traditional Chinese snacks which included snails, shrimp, fried eggs, fish and lots of veges.