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Dongpo Pork of Hangzhou

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As part of a tour of the city of Hangzhou, by the time lunch rolled around, the tour stopped by a small restaurant. The restaurant defined quaint, it was like walking into your grandmother’s house. Dining was either outside or in individual rooms and service was provided by an older lady, fitting with the grandmother theme of the restaurant.

A variety of dishes were provided, from a simple egg dish to a potato entrée, all of it delicious. One of the highlights was the dongpo pork, which the tour guide noted is a Hangzhou delicacy. A piece of delectable pork belly, braised, then stewed; it leaves you with a tender piece of pork, swimming in a thick gravy. The slow-cooking brings a rich flavor with every bite of the meat.

The pork is definitely something to try if ever in the area.

It is likely one would never think of stopping by a restaurant like this, or even noticing it, without the help of a local or an experience tour guide. Not one to usually take guided tours, but finding these hidden gems is, clearly, a huge benefit.

Dongpo Pork, a dish that lives up to its reputation.

Dongpo Pork, a dish that lives up to its reputation.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

May 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Longjing Green Tea

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Known for its exceptional health benefits, longjing green tea has become massively famous and has given a boom to the city of Hangzhou – the green tea capital of China.

Visiting a green tea plantation, guides took you through the harvesting processing and how tea leaves are prepared for sale. Going through a tea service, a small amount of hot water is added to the leaves in each glass and the guide asks to take a whiff, which gives off an odor very similar to spinach. As more water is added, you’re asked to place your eye near the glass and to cup your hand around, to keep in the steam, which offers a refreshing sensation to your eyes.

The guide goes through an experiment to illustrate the differences between water and green tea when it comes to cleansing. Placing iodine on rice, soaking it in water showed, virtually, no difference with the iodine-coated granules; whereas the green tea left the rice bright white.

Longjing green tea is offered in both a traditional tea form or in tablets.

Longjing Green Tea

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 25, 2015 at 5:45 AM