Fuzhou Dining

Fuzhou dishes are representative of the Min Cuisine that is very much a feature of Fujian Province and is one of the Eight Major Cuisines of China . Min, (which is short for Fujian Province), has its own unique style that has evolved over a very long period of time and each of the various recipes are very precise with an emphasis placed on their savory sauces. These sauces are mild and of a sweet and sour nature and together with meats and vegetables that are cut and prepared in a particular manner, combine into wonderfully appetizing dishes. As in other provinces, snacks are very much part of daily diet and the tasty local snacks rightly deserve their recognition as 'Famous Chinese Snacks'.

Traditional dishes

Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps over the Wall)
With more than 100 year's history, it is a traditional Min Cuisine recipe. It is said to have been created by the wife of a Fuzhou official, who in 1876 was entertaining an important member of the Fujian Government in his home. His wife, who was an excellent cook placed chicken, duck, pork and seafood together into an empty wine jar to simmer following a recipe which was known at the time as 'Full of Blessing and Longevity'. When the dish was served, the visitor praised the aroma and the delicious flavor and was so impressed that when he returned home he asked the cook – Zheng Chunfa to learn how the wife of his host had prepared the food. Subsequently, Zheng Chunfa adapted the recipe making it yet more fulsome and on the strength of his creation opened a restaurant named Juchunyuan where he served it to the delight of his customers. One day several talented writers to the restaurant and were served with Zheng Chunfa's special version of 'Full of Blessing and Longevity'. When he opened the jar in which it had been cooked, the diners were so taken with the gorgeous smell that one of them wrote a poem about it. In it he said that the smell was so wonderful that even a Buddha would stop pattering and jump over the wall to have a taste. Hence the name 'Buddha Jumps over the Wall'.

Simmered in a Shaoxing wine jar using more than twenty ingredients including fish, sea cucumber, chicken, pork and mutton, dried scallop, sea-ear, needle of bamboo shoot and pigeon egg, this traditional dish is widely renowned overseas and is considered the top dish among those of the Min Cuisine.

Ji Tang Tun Hai Bang (Chicken Soup with Sea Clam)
Clams from Changlezhang harbor of this city are cut into thin pieces and boiled in water to which Shaoxing wine is added partway through the cooking process. The clams are served in a clear chicken soup that is both nutritious and tasty.

Li Zhi Rou (Litchi Pork)
The name of this dish is attributed to the fact that the deep fried pork is cut into small pieces that resemble litchi once cooked. The sauce is made from ketchup, vinegar and white sugar.

Yu Ni (Mashed Taros)
It is a traditional dessert in Min Cuisine. The taros are steamed then mashed with white sugar, eggs and lard. The mixture is steamed for about an hour and served with some oil and a scattering of minced Chinese dates, melon seeds, cherries etc. Mashed taros are popular among local people, which is always the last treat in a banquet.

Local snacks

Ding Bian Hu (Rice Piece with Seafood Soup)
A prepared rice paste is poured around the rim of an iron boiler and heated until it is dried. This is added to a seafood soup. As well as being a popular dish with families at home in this city, Ding Bian Hu is a common street snack. People usually have it in the morning or at night.

Yu Wan (Fish Ball)
The flesh of a carp, shark or freshwater fish is pounded into a fine and soft paste from which the bones are carefully removed, flour is added and the mixture is then beaten to a smooth consistency to make a wrapping for a variety of stuffings. These can be of muscles, shrimps or sturgeon for example and small balls are thus created. There is an old saying 'if there are no fish balls, there is no dinner'. This shows just how popular the taste of fish balls is favored by local people. You can have a taste of these at the Yonghe Fish Ball Store in Ta Xiang (lane).

Li Bing (Oyster Cake)
Rice is steeped in water and mixed with soybean to make a covering for flavored stuffing of Oyster, muscles and celery. The cakes are deep fried until golden and crisp. Local people like to have Oyster Cake together with Ding Bian Hu.

Chun Juan (Spring Roll)
Ground rice is made into a thin paste which is filled with vegetables and meat or seafood, the rolls are deep fried in oil until golden and crispy on the outside and tender within.

Guang Bing (Qi Jiguang Cake)
Qi Jiguang is a historical figure and Chinese folk hero famed for his exploits against Wo (the old name of Japan). Loved and held in great esteem by the people they named small cakes in his honor. These are round and with a hole through the center so that they could be put on a string and hung around the neck, very useful when out and about as a way to stave off hunger!

Over the years Guang cakes have been improved and have a very special flavor and well worth a try.

Yan Pi (Dried Meat)
This is made from a meat paste. It can be enjoyed by cutting it into threads to be boiled in water. Dry Yan Pi makes a fine and unusual gift for your relatives. Yan Pi also can be stuffed with muscles or seafood or vegetables which are tasty too.

Fuzhou City has Shallot Bakemeat, Dried Meat Floss, Xi'an Mian (a kind of thin noodle) and Yu Lu (a kind of flavoring made of small sea fish) etc. for your patronage.

After learning something about Fuzhou dining, we can recommend some famous and authentic restaurants in the city:

Juchunyuan Chinese Restaurant
Address: 3/F, Juchunyuan Hotel, No.2, Dong Jie Kou
An old and famous restaurant that is renowned for the dish of Buddha Jumps over the Wall and other Fuzhou dishes.

Antai Lou Restaurant
Address: No.39, Jibi Lu
Another old restaurant famed for Min Cuisine and local snacks.

Lao Fuzhou Restaurant
Address: No.8, Shengfu Lu
Bus route: tourists can take bus Nos.18, 5, 805, 27, 818 etc. to get there

Fuzhou Shaxian Snacks Restaurant
Address: in Dongyi Lu of Pingxi Xin Cun
Bus route: 958 and 908

Rong Cheng Lao Jie (Banyan City Ancient Street)
This ancient street is situated in Taijiang District, which is also called 'Rong Cheng Meishi (mainly snacks) Jie'.

The vegetable dishes of this city are also famed. Such dishes use wheat gluten, dried bean curd crust, winter bamboo shoots, mushroom and agarics etc. as material and are ingeniously processed with flavorings. Tourists can have a taste at some temples and restaurants, the vegetable dishes in Yongquan Monastery of Mt. Gu is the most famous.

Western Restaurants

If the local dishes are not quite to your taste then the following restaurants may be of interest:

Windsor Western Restaurant
Address: No.73, Wusi Lu
Opening hour: 17:30-21:00

Western Restaurant of Xinhuadu Hotel
Address: No.73, Guangda Lu

Pizza Hut
Address: 2/F, Dongbai Dasha, No. 1, Yangqiao Lu

Address: 2/F, Yuanhong Shopping Square in Taijiang Bu Xing Jie

KFC Jiangbin Restaurant
Address: No.128, Yangqiao Xi Lu

KFC Great Wall Restaurant
Address: No.178, Wuyi Bei Lu

Further Reading: 10 Best Fujian Foods You Have to Try

- Last updated on May. 24, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Fuzhou Dining
Asked by Peggy | Oct. 05, 2019 04:56Reply
10hrs layover @ Fuzhou, where to get the best "street foods" nearby? How 2 get there from Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Niki from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 11, 2019 23:51

I can't say which is the best food street. Maybe you can go to Nanhou street: take shuttle bus line of Sanfang Qixiang to it. It takes around 1.5 hours.
Asked by Mr.GUESTNOR from GB | Sep. 02, 2015 03:18Reply
Taijiang District, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
1. Can anybody help me in finding out HALAL Restaurants.
2. the shortest travel via fast train from Guangzhou.

Thanks in advance for your assistanse
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Answered by Richard from CANADA | Sep. 05, 2015 04:41

1. Mukamu Xinjiang Flavoured Restaurant is highly recommended. You can find authentic and nice halal dishes. It's located at the 2nd floor, MIXC, No.378, Gongye Road, Taijiang District.
2. There is no direct train the runs between these two places. So you are suggested to take direct long-distance bus from Tianhe Bus Station. The schedules are 11:50, 17:10, 17:50, 19:20, 19:50, 20:30 and 21:00. The duration is 14 to 15 hours.
Answered by Mr.GUESTNOR from GB | Sep. 23, 2015 07:42

Hi Rechard,

Thank you for your information.
Asked by raymondanoh from MALAYSIA | Sep. 27, 2014 19:50Reply
buddha jumps over the wall, what is the cost? over the wall for 10 pax
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Answered by Evelyn from FINLAND | Sep. 27, 2014 21:43

Oh, i remember that there are lots of restaurants has 'buddha jumps over the wall'. If you wanna eat the most authentic one, the average price is about 400 CNY.
Hope helpful! :)
Asked by saurabh from INDIA | Sep. 02, 2013 01:38Reply
Can we get proper Indian Vegetarian food in Fuzhou? Pure vegetarian(which doesnot even include eggs)
Answers (6)
Answered by Juliat from PORTUGAL | Sep. 07, 2013 00:56

Yes, you can. I know a well-known Vege. restaurant there named Ji Shan Zhai. It is at No. 30, Beihuan Middle Road (next to local Provincial Stadium). You may have a try!
Answered by Sant from INDIA | Feb. 24, 2015 02:08

hello..do you still live there? I would like to know life. I plan to move that city with my Wife....thanks in advance...we are vegetarians and can not speak any Mondrian..is it difficult to settle down or? Please share your experiences...thanks a lot

Dr. Sant
Answered by neha Pandey from CHINA | May. 22, 2015 22:20

Is there any Indian staying in the city?
I am Dr. Neha living here for last 1 month.
Answered by Juliat from PORTUGAL | May. 28, 2015 03:28

Well, I don't live there now.
But don't worry. The local people are friendly. Although you cannot speak mandarin, I believe that you can also get along with surrounding people easily. So don't worry.

Or you can also find some other foreigners in this city and make friends with them. Ask help for the Forum/Community of this website. There are lots of people every day that can give you some help. :-)
Answered by Edie from CANADA | May. 28, 2015 03:30

Yes, as I know. There are many Indian People in this city.
If you wanna to find them, you can look through the Community Page of this website and ask for help.
And I believe that you will find other Indians quickly.
Answered by FNJ0912 | Apr. 22, 2017 12:38

I am Chinese guy live in Fuzhou city. I know have Indian people working one Indian Restaurant. It is at No 5 Guanglufang NanJie Stree Gu Lou Detirtts
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