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My China Bites: Hangzhou Eats

December 29, 2013

During my two weeks in China, I took a side trip to Hangzhou, a short 3 hour bus ride away.  We spent most of our days there meandering around West Lake but of course, there was quite a large amount of time spent on food.

Even though we were just there for 3 days, we spent two meals at Grandma’s (外婆家), a chain that offered pretty affordable local cuisine.

For appetizers, we sampled a salted and marinated cod…

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Veggie duck stewed in soy..

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Stewed mung bean noodles…

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And sweet and sour soup.

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For our mains, we ended up tasting a pretty delicious sweet Dong Po pork roast…

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Egg, chives and bean sprout saute…

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A stew of clams and salted cod with salted cabbage and stinky tofu…

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And a plate of sauteed pumpkin and chilies.

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For breakfast, we feasted on pan seared soup dumplings in the older part of town.

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Crispy bottoms…

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And almost translucent skin filled with soup made for a delicious breakfast.

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And on our walks, we also came across what might have been China’s version of the cronuts.  For two days in a row, we walked pass this particular pastry shop and its never ending line.

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Out of curiosity, we got in line to find out what they were selling that was so popular with the locals.

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It turns out they were churning out batches after batches of chestnut filled pan fried pastries and they were selling out literally like, well, hot cakes!

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We bought a box to enjoy later but I couldn’t help take a bite.  The flaky crust enrobed a perfectly sweet chestnut filling, making this a fabulous afternoon snack, equally enjoyable with or without a cup of tea.

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