After hundreds of years of culinary development, Suzhou cuisine has developed a unique flavor and a famed reputation. The emphasis of the course is on the use of quality ingredients, tender meat, fresh vegetables and care in preparation. Each course is individually prepared. The result is a selection of fabulous dishes that are unique in color, shape and taste. Suzhou dishes are often sweet and beautifully presented. You’ll find many places to eat in Suzhou.
The Suzhou fish and vegetable dishes of the area are well known throughout China and some of the best local dishes to try are: Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish (Songshu Guiyu), Braised Shark's Fin in a Clear Soup (Qingtang Yuchi), Stewed Shredded Eel (Xiangyou Shanhu) and Watermelon Chicken, or Young Chicken Buried in Watermelon Rind and Steamed (Xigua Ji).
Suzhou snacks are also tasty and worth trying. Try the bean curd cakes with honey, pine nuts in syrup, melon seeds fried with rose juice and sesame cake with mashed date.
The best places to try for good and authentic Suzhou cuisine are on Gangzhou Road and around the middle of Renmin Road. International cuisine has made its way to city restaurants; the big hotels do some great western foods also. No matter Estern or Western food, suzhou restaurants give tourists free selections during their suzhou tours..