Nanjing Dining--What to Eat

 Duck Blood Soup
The Duck Blood Soup is one of the most popular food in Nanjing. The name of this dish may sound odd to foreigners who might wonder how the blood and soup is combined. Actually Chinese people do eat the blood of duck, goose and chicken but in a unique way. They collect the blood of a freshly killed duck or goose and stir, then seal and refrigerate until ready to use. The result is blood cakes. The soup is seasoned with salt, pepper, and subtly spicy undertones. Simmer gently for several minutes and serve with eggs, noodles and caraway. This food is the top of all travelers' recommendations. The cheap stalls at Fuzimiao dining street sell the best at 3.5 yuan.

 Gan Si (Shredded Bean-curd Sheets)
A refreshing cold dish made of Bean-curd sheets. The bean-curd sheets are cut finely into threads with seasoning of sauce, sesame oil and vegetables shreds of bamboo root, mushroom, chicken or meat. It has fine shreds and a tender taste. It can also be boiled in broth and served with other meat shreds.

 Salted Soup Duck
Autumn in Nanjing is a season of scented osmanthus blossom and the best time to make the delicious Salted Soup Duck because ducks at this time are fat. The chef chooses well-bred ducks and smears salt and spice on them to add flavors. The spice ingredients are a secret. Then the spiced ducks are marinated in a sauce for two hours. Just before eating, the ducks are steamed. It should taste fragrant, crisp and tender. The best restaurant to taste it is Jinling Restaurant near Xinjiekou.

 Pressed Duck
A legend goes that in China's Southern Dynasties (420 - 589) an emperor was besieged by enemies in the imperial city. Soldiers guarded the city and fought hard in bloody battles. Women made salted ducks and wrapped them with leaves to preserve the flavor. Ducks were packed into a large jar and delivered to the soldiers. When the soldiers unwrapped the ducks, they found the ducks pressed flat, thereby the name Pressed Duck.

The difference between Salted Soup and Pressed Duck is the taste. The duck meat of the first style tastes fresh and tender while the latter tastes tight and pliable. Therefore, if you buy the Salted Soup Duck, choose the one most recently prepared.

 Dou Fu Nao (Tofu pudding)
This is a great breakfast-time soup dish made from tofu (bean curd), mushrooms, coriander and chilli. The best place to taste it is Liu Feng Ju.

 Fried Spring Onion Pancake
This is a kind of fried pastry that is filled with shallot, meat and other ingredients and usually covered with a pastry crust. It is also a popular breakfast snack. The best place to taste it is Liu Feng Ju.

- Last modified on Aug. 21, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Nanjing Dining
Asked by SILPA MERIN from INDIA | Aug. 17, 2018 11:59Reply
are there any korean restaurants near nanjing medical university?
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Answered by Nicole from FRANCE | Aug. 21, 2018 02:56
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Yes, as I know, the university (Jiangning Campus) has a Korea Restaurant in the 1st floor of Dongyuan Dining Hall inside the school.
Asked by sanjiv from INDIA | Dec. 20, 2015 07:41Reply
Best indian vegetarian food in Nanjing close to Wanda Hilton Hotel.
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Answered by Emma from USA | Dec. 21, 2015 00:28
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As I know, there is no special Indian vegetable restaurant neaby the hotel. But you can find an indian restaurant and order their vegetable dishes: Nepalese & Indian Restaurant wins high popularity among local people and tourists. It provides authentic indian foods. You can also taste their vegetable dishes. The prices are acceptable. It's located at Shiguwan Food & Leisure Area, No.193, Shigu Road. Hope you like.
Asked by yasir from PAKISTAN | Sep. 05, 2014 13:29Reply
is there any resturants with halal food for muslims in nanjing?
and how many muslims live currently??
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Answered by Lily from INDONESIA | Sep. 05, 2014 21:28
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I know two halal restaurants in NJ.
Lvliuju Halal Restaurant
No. 248 of South Taiping Road, Qinhuai District
Anleyuan Halal Restaurant
No. 138 of Wangfu Street, Qinhuai District

It is roughly estimated that there are about 12,000 Muslims living in NJ.
Answered by ad from CHINA | Oct. 11, 2015 06:32
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Man o Salwa is an exclusive Halal food restaurant in the city. You can enjoy variety of delicious Pakistani, Arabic, Indian and Chinese food. Address: 16 Jiangjun Ave.
Asked by yash malde from INDIA | Jun. 17, 2013 10:30Reply
is indian veg food available easily in nanjing and where?
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Answered by Yeam from IN | Jun. 18, 2013 02:19
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I only know one indian food restaurant called Ganesh Jazz Bar and Indian Restaurant at No. 3, Kunlun Road. I think you may go there to have a look.
Answered by Param from INDIA | Jul. 08, 2015 07:17
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Taj hotel is also there, its Indian Hotel closed to Crowne plaza
Answered by Ad from CHINA | Oct. 11, 2015 06:30
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Man o Salwa is an exclusive Halal food restaurant. You can enjoy variety of delicious Pakistani, Arabic, Indian and Chinese food.
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