Suzhou Dining

Suzhou has been called the 'land of milk and honey' since ancient times and Jiangsu cuisine, of which Suzhou cuisine makes up one important part, is one of the eight famous culinary arts in China. Suzhou dishes are praised highly by food connoisseurs from both home and abroad. Derived from local time-honored culinary skills, the cuisine attains its unique sweet flavor from strictly selected materials, an elaborate way of cooking, and a unique color, aroma and shape. Nearby Taihu Lake (Tai Lake) supplies abundant fresh sea food that adds more color to the table culture of Suzhou. At the same time, more consummate culinary skills are mastered by the locals.

It is an important custom for locals to eat specific dishes according to the changing seasons. For example, Biluo Xiaren (quick-fried shrimp with biluochun tea) is sampled in spring and Xigua Ji (young chicken wrapped in watermelon rind and steamed) is well tasted in summer. Maybe, autumn is the time most yearned for by the population, because it is time to enjoy the delicious steamed crabs and nutritious Bafei Soup (barbel soup). As well as these famous dishes, Songshu Guiyu (mandarin fish, stewed and fried), which was praised by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is considered to be the ultimate Suzhou dish, and it is highly recommended that you try it during your visit. Following are two recommended century-old establishments where you will be able to sample these famous dishes:

Old Brand Restaurants

Song He Lou (Pine and Crane Restaurant)
Having more than 200 years' history, good and authentic Suzhou cuisine here is noted world wide. The Songshu Guiyu cooked here is highly recommended.
Recommended dishes: Songshu Guiyu, Qingchao Xiaren (fried shrimp meat), Gusu Luya (spicy marinated duck), Yinyu Chuncai Tang (silver fish and water shield soup), Xiehuang Doufu (bean curd with crab roe), Xiangyou Shanhu (stir-fried mud eel)
Guanqian Branch:
Address: No. 72, Taijian Nong, Pingjiang District
Bus route: Buses No.1, 202, 8, 9, 32, 38, 68, 102, 103 and No.4 tourist special route will take you.
Opening hours: 11:00~13:30   17:00~20:30
Average cost: CNY100~120 per person
Changxulu Branch:
Address: the 5th floor of Molihua Holiday Inn, No.345, Changxu Lu, Jinchang District
Average cost: CNY155 per person
Shantangjie Branch
Address: No.198, Shantang Jie, Jinchang District
Average cost: CNY95 per person

De Yue Lou (Deyue Restaurant)
Resulting from four hundred years of culinary experience, De Yue Lou serves dozens of famous and authentic dishes to visitors both from home and abroad.
Recommended dishes: Songshu Guiyu, Deyue Tongziji (deyue spring chicken), Qingchao Xiaren, Xiefen Doufu (braised crab meat with bean curd)
Address: There are two restaurants located on Taijian Nong. One is at No.43 and the other one is at No.8.
Bus route: Tourist special route No.4 and regular buses No.1, 2, 8, 9, 32, 38, 68, 102 and 103 can get you there.
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00   17:00~21:00
Average cost: CNY100 per person

Xie He Cai Guan (Xiehe Restaurant)
It is very traditional, serving Suzhou Cuisine with reasonable price.
Recommended dishes: Qingchao Xiaren, Xiangyou Shanhu, Jiang Fang (braised pork), Xiefen Doufu
Address: No.15, Fenghuang Jie, Canglang District
Bus routes: You 2
Opening hours: 10:30~21:00
Average cost: CNY 50~CNY55 per person

It has more than 200 years' history, especially famous for its Bafei Tang..
Main restaurant:
Address: No.18, Zhongshi Street, Mudu Town
Bus route: Buses No.502 and 69 and the tourist special route No.4 can take you there.
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00   17:00~21:00
Average cost: CNY50~CNY70
Second location:
Address: No.15-1, Jinshan Road, Mudu Town
Bus route: Buses No.502 and 69 and the tourist special route No.4 go there.
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00   17:00~21:00
Average cost: CNY60

Wumen Renjia
Recommendation: Xiangyou Shanhu, Qingchao Xiaren, Tangzhou (sweet gruel), Babao Ya (duck stuffed with the eight treasures)
Address: No.31, Panru Xiang, Pingjiang District
Average cost: CNY50~CNY70 per person

Xiang Xue Hai (Donghuan Branch)
Address: No.930, Donghuan Lu, Suzhou Industrial Park
Bus route: No.18, 118
Opening hours: 09:00~20:30
Average cost: CNY55 per person

Beimen (Industrial Park Branch)
Address: No.78, Suhui Lu, Suzhou Industrial Park
Average cost: CNY70~CNY80

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Questions & Answers on Suzhou Dining
Asked by Saad Shaaban from EGYPT | Jul. 20, 2016 08:52Reply
Is there Muslim Restaurants in Suzhou ?
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Answered by Linda from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 20, 2016 22:25

Yes, there are many Muslim restaurants in this city. Among them, Beijiang Restaurant and Huixianglou Restaurant win high popularity among local peoples and tourists. You can find authentic halal foods there. And they usually have reasonable prices. Hereunder is the detailed information:
Beijiang Restaurant: Building No.1, Block B, No.158, Suhui Road.
Huixianglou Restaurant: No.2, Lane 2, South Gate of Renmin Department Store.
Hope you like.
Asked by putri from INDONESIA | Feb. 17, 2016 00:35Reply
Please info Muslim restaurant in Suzhou (JiangSu) Gu Su District with affordable price.
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Answered by Bob from CANADA | Feb. 17, 2016 03:45

You may go to Hui Xiang Lou Muslim Restaurant near the south gate of People's Mall, Canglang District. Take metro line 1 to Leqiao Station, Exit 6. Then, walk east along East Ganjiang Road for about 150 yards, and turn left. After that, walk north along Shaomozhen Alley for about 300 yards to the restaurant. The food is quite delicious. Have a try! :)
Answered by putri from INDONESIA | Feb. 17, 2016 19:12

Thanks for info. How about Guanqian street? Any recommendation muslim food in there?
Answered by Bob | Feb. 17, 2016 19:49

Well, there is no muslim restaurant on the Guanqian Street. But the Hui Xiang Lou Muslim Restaurant is very close to the street. Just walk south along Shaomozhen Alley for about 200 yards, and you can find it. The food is quite delicious! :)
Asked by Otto from NORWAY | Jan. 20, 2015 18:04Reply
I am trying to find a chinese cooking classes or course or school here in Suzhou.
I am interested in learning chinese culinary in the afternoon or early evening. I have started to learn mandarin but still a new beginner at it. Now I want to improve my chinese knowledge in cooking.
I would preffer it in the SIP.
A Course would be best. I will be here until april so I have time. A long time teaching would be great.
Any suggestions?
Answers (2)
Answered by Andy from DENMARK | Jan. 21, 2015 01:16

I know several training schools, but all of them teaching in Chinese. Would you mind it?
1. SZ Culinary Training School: no. 4, Shanmen Lane, Pingjiang District.
2. SZ Tourism Finance Economics Training School: no. 101, Zhineng Avenue, Wuzhong District.
Answered by Otto from NORWAY | Jan. 21, 2015 05:24

Thank you Andy,
I will try to find them. Do you, by chance, have their phone number or web address?
I don't mind if it is in chinese as long as I can find out what the ingredients are, one way or another. Language is not a problem
Asked by Habib from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 19, 2015 07:30Reply
Any Indian Halal Restuarant in Jiangsu , Suzhou
Hi Can anyone recommend any halal (muslim) restaurant near Horward Johnstone All suites Hotel .

Kind Regards
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Answered by Justin from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 19, 2015 21:11

Oh, you must refer to Howard Johnson All Suites Hotel.
You can go to Namaste Indian Restaurant. It has authentic indian food and good service. The distance is about 0.5 miles. You can go and see.
The address is no.1912, Ligongdi Road, Industrial District.
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