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Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum

Overview of Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum


Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum is the only themed museum with food in China."This place makes us starving!" This comment in the visitors' book left by an American speaks for many visitors of Hangzhou Cuisine Museum.

Visitors look at lifelike artificial dishes displayed at the Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, March 20, 2012. Opening Tuesday in Hangzhou, the museum exhibits some 110 cultural relics related to the Hangzhou cuisine, a branch of the broader Zhejiang cuisine, as well as nearly 200 lifelike artificial dishes. The museum also features Hangzhou cuisine workshops and restaurants to demonstrate the food culture of Hangzhou to a greater extent.[Xinhua/Wang Dingchang]

It systematically shows the culture of Hangzhou cuisine. Located in Jiangyangfan Ecological Park nearby Southern Song Imperial Palace Site in Hangzhou (Fenghuang Mountain Road 9). Featured of the architectural style of Southern Song Dynasty, the museum is highlighted with the classical gardens of Hangzhou. Currently, it is a popular tourist destination for tasting the local delicacies, learning its history, features and cooking techniques.

The museum consists of three sections the exhibition zone, the experience zone and the operation zone. The total architectural area is 13,000 square meters. The experience zone and operation zone are the main parts. There are 1500 seats for dining in total, and the dining hall is decorated in Chinese style, meanwhile some of the rooms are decorated in modern European styles. In the experience zone, there are the multi-functional dining hall and the citizen lecturing hall. The operation zone includes Qiantang Kitchen, Hangzhou Flavor and Dongpo Pavilion.

Hangzhou is representative of the cuisine in Zhejiang Province. It is light, crisp and elegant, characterized by elaborate preparation and techniques of cooking, such as sauteing, stewing, stir frying and deep frying.

The museum features silica gel replicas of 400 Hangzhou dishes for visitors to drool over, pots, pans and bowls unearthed in Hangzhou over the years and artwork on the theme of Hangzhou culinary culture.

A visitor learn to make Hangzhou-style pastries in a culinary workshop at the Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, March 20, 2012. Opening Tuesday in Hangzhou, the museum exhibits some 110 cultural relics related to the Hangzhou cuisine, a branch of the broader Zhejiang cuisine, as well as nearly 200 lifelike artificial dishes. The museum also features Hangzhou cuisine workshops and restaurants to demonstrate the food culture of Hangzhou to a greater extent [Xinhua/Wang Dingchang]

Hangzhou Cuisine Museum has recently invited Hu Zhongying and Wang Renxiao, master chefs of Chinese cuisines, as guests to teach residents from Daoxiangcun community and staff with the Party School of CPC Hangzhou Committee. In the presentation kitchen at Qian Tang Flavor Restaurant, the two masters taught the attendants how to cook one on one. Hu demonstrated the cooking method of Smoked Bean Curd and Shredded Meat, Stir-fried Spring Bamboo Shoots, Fried Chicken Strips and West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, while Wang cooked fine-made pastry including Goose-shaped Sticky Rice, Seasonal Vegetable Dumpling, Fried Wonton with Vegetable and Meat Filling and Pickled Tuber Mustard and Meat Tart

Chen Xiaohui from Daoxiangcun community saw the report about Hangzhou Cuisine Museum on TV and proposed to organize retirees to pay a visit and learn about the cooking and history of authentic Hangzhou dishes. Over 100 people signed up for the activity after the community announced it. The trip to the museum proved to very interesting and beneficial. Many residents said that they would like to take their family to the museum next time.

Other marvels on display at the Hangzhou cuisine museum include:


A cook prepares to demonstrate a finished dish of "Longjing Shrimps", a Hangzhou-style dish made of shelled shrimps and Longjing tea shoots, at the Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, March 20, 2012. Opening Tuesday in Hangzhou, the museum exhibits some 110 cultural relics related to the Hangzhou cuisine, a branch of the broader Zhejiang cuisine, as well as nearly 200 lifelike artificial dishes. The museum also features Hangzhou cuisine workshops and restaurants to demonstrate the food culture of Hangzhou to a greater extent [Xinhua/Wang Dingchang]

1) Replicas of Buddhist vegetarian dishes

2) A round table (pictured above) set with more than 40 dishes from the historic Man-Han banquet of the Qing Dynasty court, including whole bear¡¯s paw, steamed civet cat with pears, and bird¡¯s nest soup

3) Snacks eaten by canal-dwellers in the Middle Ages
The delicate sweet pastries made in Hangzhou during the Song Dynasty, 800 years ago.

4) A whole cabinet filled with different kinds of zongzi¡ªthe leaf-wrapped rice parcels eaten at the Dragon Boat Festival each spring, illustrating their historical evolution.

5) An entire exhibit devoted to the Qing Dynasty poet and gourmet Yuan Mei

If all of the shimmering, glorious Hangzhou food on display leaves you feeling hungry, not to worry¡ªthere¡¯s a huge restaurant serving many of the classic dishes from the exhibition just beyond the galleries.

The famous chefs also show how to cook the authentic food of Hangzhou. The tourists can participate in cooking.


Bus Rute: 62, 194, 527, 42,808 and 822 go to the museum.
Address: 9 Fenghuangshan Road (inside Jiangyangfan Ecological Park)
Tel:0571-87921117 0571-87922227
Open hour: 10:00 ¨C 16:00
Charge: free

 





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