Along with the huge flow of migrant
workers in Shenzhen and the numerous business travelers, comes a
varied selection of cuisine. Delicacies from all over the country are
available here and the upmarket dining scene is particularly good.
Shenzhen cooking is characterized by its
combination of different cooking techniques and ingredients.
Particularly popular here is Guangdong style cuisine which is
beautifully presented and delicately flavored and Hunan cooking which
is less hot and spicy in this city than in its home province! The best
restaurants to sample Guangdong style cooking are the Jinchuan
Restaurant and the Xiangjiang Restaurant. The Xiangcai Restaurant
serve great Hunan style food. The Dongmen area of the city is one of
the best districts to check out local cuisine. Seafood is also hugely
popular and generally very fresh and full of flavor here.
International cuisine is also strong
here. Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Korean and Japanese food is
available throughout the city in many of the large hotels. The
Japanese restaurant in The
Grand View Hotel is particularly good.
The city's "Food Street" and
"Dapaidang" road are fun places to sample the atmosphere and
local snacks and dishes. Most of the places around here are open all
night and are well priced. Nan'ao
bay, where the fish and crabs are brought almost directly from the
sea to your table, is another atmospheric area to sample and
experience great seafood and local character.
Chaozhou Style Cooking
style cooking is well received in Shenzhen and there are numerous
restaurants around town serving up this cuisine. This type of food is
characterized by its refreshing, crisp and lightly seasoned
The emphasis is placed on
maintaining the natural flavor of the raw ingredients. Shark fin is a
popular meat used in Chaozhou style recipes.
barbecued goose originates in the town of Gongming near Shenzhen. This
kind of goose is very tasty, fragrant and flavorsome. The recipe is
quite complex and the meat is flavored with soy sauce, sugar, salt,
wine, black bean and honey.
is cooked in a huge pottery stove and roasted until it turns a golden
brown color. This roasted duck is really delicious and the skin tastes
crisp but is not greasy. Most of the big restaurants downtown serve up
this appetizing dish.
cooking is similar to Manchu cuisine and also absorbs elements of
Shandong and Beijing cooking. This kind of food is common today in
Shenzhen, especially with the influx of migrants from the north. The
food is beautifully presented and has a crisp and fragrant
This kind of food involves
various cooking techniques including braising and steaming.
Particularly authentic north east style dishes to try are stewed pork
slices with sausage and the traditional "hot-pot".
style cooking is very hot and spicy! The Shenzhen interpretation cuts
back on some of the spice and heat, making the dishes much more
palatable for many people. Sichuan cooking also involves dry braising
and ginger and chili are used widely to flavor the dishes.
good Sichuan dishes include fish flavored pork and sautéed chicken
with chili and peanuts. There is a great Sichuan restaurant, the Xiangcai in the Shen Tieh building.