Dining in Chongqing

When you come to Chongqing, you will not to be surprised to hear that the Chinese believe in the saying "People make food their Heaven". It would seem that people in Chongqing are never weary of eating. Thousands of restaurants are scattered throughout every corner of the city, luring customers from home and abroad with their different specialties.

As one branch of Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing cuisine is noted for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavors. Different from Chengdu cuisine, Chongqing dishes are spicier and stronger in taste. Chili pepper, sesame, fermented black beans, scallions, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and an array of flavorings are used in almost 40 different cooking methods. These methods include drying, salting, spicing, pickling, frying and smoking. Color, smell, flavor, shape, and nutrition are all carefully balanced in Chongqing dishes - no wonder people say that Chongqing food is not only attractive but nutritious.

Hotpot
Chongqing is the birth place of the hot pot in China. Once upon a time, it was a seasonal food designed to protect against the low temperatures and frigid winds of the winter. People would sit around a table, eat hot pot, and revel in the instant warmth that would flood their bodies. Hot pot has become more and more popular today, and it is widely enjoyed by people and regardless of seasons and regions.

Eating hot pot is a joyful experience. First, you need to choose the pot - spicy, pure or a combination of two - for the soup and dipping sauce. After the spiced soup boils with a hazy steam, fish, meat, bean curds and vegetables can be added. When the soup boils again, you can eat by dipping them in a little bowl of special sauce.

In Chongqing, hot pot restaurants can be found everywhere and many have become very popular among the local people. Xiao Tian E (Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace) and Su Da Jie, E Zhang Men are the restaurants most suited for mass consumption. The hot pot restaurants in the Chongqing 5-star Harbour Plaza also serve decent food in a cozy environment.

Hai Yi Xuan, the hot pot restaurant in Chongqing Harbour Plaza, is one of the most luxurious dining places. It has a reputation for authentic food, an elegant environment and excellent service. Nine different soup bases and a menu of over 200 selections are served. You can also pick food from the buffet. Popular choices of soup base are Chongqing Spicy Hot Pot, Ham and Marrow Hot Pot and herbal hot pots. The most famous hot pot restaurant in Chongqing must be the Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace, which is a forerunner among the Chongqing catering service. As you enter the restaurant, you will be deeply attracted by the atmosphere. The decoration here is unique--stone walls and red poles, with winding corridors and brilliant eaves. Shows are put on every night--beautiful songs, graceful dances and some folk dramas all make the dinner special. Here, you can really taste the fervor of the spice and enjoy the flavor from a boiling hot-pot. The specialties are medicine meal hot pot and red and white composite hot pot. The location of Cygnet is on the 6th floor of New Chongqing Square, Yuzhong District.

E Zhang Men is also a well-known hot pot restaurant in Chongqing. It is noted for its sour and hot soup base. Until now it has 14 chains throughout the city, the main locations include:

Da Tong Jie Restaurant: No.28 Da Tong Street, Yu Zhong District
Sha Nan Restaurant: No.49 Sha Nan Street, Sha Ping Pa District
Long Hu Xi Yuan Restaurant: No.112 Jiu Long Lakeside, Yu Bei District

By the bank of Yangtze River, there is a famous restaurant named Wai Po Qiao (Grandma's Bridge) on Nan Bin Road. The hotpot is served on the first floor. And the second floor is only for Sichuan food. When having the Sichuan food, we would recommend that you choose a river view box where you can appreciate the spectacular night view of the Yangtze River and Chongqing City in the moonlight. The extraordinary dishes and hospitable service make it a wonderful place to hang out with friends and families.

Chongqing Tanyingxiong Hotpot Restaurant wins the Jinding Prize for China Famous Hotpot Shop. Tanyingxiong Yutou(head of fish) hotpot uses the head of silver carp living in freshwater lakes as material. The fish is fat and tender. At the same time, it's rich in unsaturated fatty acid which human body can't synthesize by itself, amino acid, and some microelements which can strengthen human's memory. Tanyingxiong Hotpot gets rid of the characteristic of traditional Chongqing hotpot that there is too much oil. Its oil mainly adopts vegetable oil. After hotpot is boiled, oil will spread about on all side and the middle soup is white, which is the effect of "one flower in the middle". In addition, rice mixed with the soup of Tanyingxiong hotpot is very delicious. Tanyingxiong Hotpot is the first one to mix soup with rice. Tanyingxiong base material is extremely fragrant. After fish head is boiled for a long time, the hotpot becomes more delicious and fragrant, and is rich in abundant nutrition. People who are lack of appetite can eat a lot if they eat the rice mixed with hotpot soup.
This restaurant has many chains in the city:
   
1. Chongqing Shapinba Branch
Address: in the direction to Lishuwan of Tianxing Bridge Turntable, Shaping District, Chongqing city

2. Jiangbei Branch
Address: Num.521, Jiangbei 3rd Avenue, Jiangbei District, Chongqing city (at the back of the Customs)

Fish Eating Sheep

In this restaurant, people can taste three famous dishes: Fish Eating Sheep, which was granted by Hubilie, the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty; La Zhi Lian, which was named by Venice businessman, Marco Polo; Zi Yang Chicken, which was named when Gong Sunshu was proclaimed emperor in Baidi City. After Hubilie unified China, these three dishes became the famous dishes in the court of the Yuan dynasty. The materials of them are very fresh and the prices are relatively low. The fare of a small hotpot is only 48-68 Yuan.

Location: Enter the gate of the Zhujiang Garden located in the Zhiguang Avenue of Yangjiaping and then go down for 50 meters.

Taoran House
Taoran House was set up in 1955, with the registration funds of 510,000,000Yuan. It mainly deals in food. It's a large-scale food group combining chain management, ecological cultivation, food processing, people training, and material supply into a whole body. In present, there are more than 50 chain stores in over 20 provinces and cities in China. Taoran House has won a lot of titles, such as "Famous Shop of International Food", "Famous Shop of China Food", and "China Food Baiqiang (the best 100 of all) Enterprise". In the Fifth China Food Festival, it won the 12 awards, such as "Five-star Prize of International Famous Food Shop", "International Gold Prize of Food Quality", etc. They are all the highest awards. "Famous shop displays strength; glory creates resplendence". For 10-year development, Taoran House has invented more than 50 "China's famous foods and desserts" and hundreds of flavor foods. Taoran House has been well-known in the world.  

Specialty: peppery river snail, chicken cooked with dasheen, Taoran peppery chicken, bunched hare with orange fragrance.

Shanjiang Hechuan Peach Slices
With a history of more than 140 years, Hechuan Peach Slices is made from best-quality glutinous rice, Sichuan white sugar, gingili, lard, walnut kernel, rose, etc. It tastes soft, fragrant and sweet. It has the functions of nourishing Kidney, moistening lung and reducing cough.

Mayuan
Mayuan is a kind of food which is a small ball of glutinous rice balls, with sweet filling inside and some sesame outside. It's fried until its color changes into brown. It's characterized by crisp surface and soft inside, round shape with empty core, and sweet taste with fragrance.

Small Glutinous Rice Dumplings
Knead glutinous rice powder evenly into small balls, fill in sweet filling, and then cook them. It's characterized by white color like pearl, transparent surface, indistinct filling, and sweet taste with fragrance.

Jiangjin Rice Sugar
This traditional famous local product has already had a history of nearly one hundred years. Jiangjin Rice Sugar is synthesized by refined glutinous rice, white sugar, and maltose, oil made out of animals and plants, shelled peanut, peach kernel, rose candy, sesame, etc. It has many characteristics. It's crisp, sweet and tasty with faint scent. It has the functions of nourishing kidney, stimulating appetite, and invigorating the spleen etc.

Lai Walnut Crisp Cake
Invented in the twenties, Lai Walnut Crisp Cake is a famous traditional dessert in Chongqing. It's famous for being fragrant, sweet, crisp and loose. The surface presents the pattern of the walnut shell, with the natural breaches. It is deep yellow, shiny and smooth. It tastes delicious.

Since the catering business is thriving in Chongqing, many food streets are forming gradually and naturally. The area around Jiefangbei (called Jiefangbei Central Business District), Nanbin Road, and Bayi Street teem with street vendors and restaurants. Many local specialties like tea-smoked duck, dry-stewed fish, chicken with spring water, Dan Dan spicy noodle, etc. are worth tasting, but only if you are adventurous with hot and spicy experiences.

The western food in Chongqing is not as popular as the local food; therefore, it is a tough thing for you to find a decent western restaurant on the street. If your stomach is crying out for western food and your budget is available, you can go Portico's in Harbour Plaza which serves an international buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner and a lavish brunch buffet on Sundays. The dinner buffet on Saturday is especially great value. Don't forget to book a table in advance to ensure a panoramic window seat.

The Manhattan Steakhouse in Marriott Hotel, Chongqing is one of the best places in town to have western food, the classic steak of imported beef and seafood is offered at lunch buffets and dinner. The Marriott Cafe is a good place for a western breakfast, and lunch and dinner are also served.

There are many KFCs and McDonalds in Chongqing.

When you come to Chongqing, you will not to be surprised to hear that the Chinese believe in the saying "People make food their Heaven". It would seem that people in Chongqing are never weary of eating. Thousands of restaurants are scattered throughout every corner of the city, luring customers from home and abroad with their different specialties.

As one branch of Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing cuisine is noted for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavors. Different from Chengdu cuisine, Chongqing dishes are spicier and stronger in taste. Chili pepper, sesame, fermented black beans, scallions, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and an array of flavorings are used in almost 40 different cooking methods. These methods include drying, salting, spicing, pickling, frying and smoking. Color, smell, flavor, shape, and nutrition are all carefully balanced in Chongqing dishes - no wonder people say that Chongqing food is not only attractive but nutritious.

Hotpot
Chongqing is the birth place of the hot pot in China. Once upon a time, it was a seasonal food designed to protect against the low temperatures and frigid winds of the winter. People would sit around a table, eat hot pot, and revel in the instant warmth that would flood their bodies. Hot pot has become more and more popular today, and it is widely enjoyed by people and regardless of seasons and regions.

Eating hot pot is a joyful experience. First, you need to choose the pot - spicy, pure or a combination of two - for the soup and dipping sauce. After the spiced soup boils with a hazy steam, fish, meat, bean curds and vegetables can be added. When the soup boils again, you can eat by dipping them in a little bowl of special sauce.

In Chongqing, hot pot restaurants can be found everywhere and many have become very popular among the local people. Xiao Tian E (Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace) and Su Da Jie, E Zhang Men are the restaurants most suited for mass consumption. The hot pot restaurants in the Chongqing 5-star Harbour Plaza also serve decent food in a cozy environment.

Hai Yi Xuan, the hot pot restaurant in Chongqing Harbour Plaza, is one of the most luxurious dining places. It has a reputation for authentic food, an elegant environment and excellent service. Nine different soup bases and a menu of over 200 selections are served. You can also pick food from the buffet. Popular choices of soup base are Chongqing Spicy Hot Pot, Ham and Marrow Hot Pot and herbal hot pots. The most famous hot pot restaurant in Chongqing must be the Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace, which is a forerunner among the Chongqing catering service. As you enter the restaurant, you will be deeply attracted by the atmosphere. The decoration here is unique--stone walls and red poles, with winding corridors and brilliant eaves. Shows are put on every night--beautiful songs, graceful dances and some folk dramas all make the dinner special. Here, you can really taste the fervor of the spice and enjoy the flavor from a boiling hot-pot. The specialties are medicine meal hot pot and red and white composite hot pot. The location of Cygnet is on the 6th floor of New Chongqing Square, Yuzhong District.

E Zhang Men is also a well-known hot pot restaurant in Chongqing. It is noted for its sour and hot soup base. Until now it has 14 chains throughout the city, the main locations include:

Da Tong Jie Restaurant: No.28 Da Tong Street, Yu Zhong District
Sha Nan Restaurant: No.49 Sha Nan Street, Sha Ping Pa District
Long Hu Xi Yuan Restaurant: No.112 Jiu Long Lakeside, Yu Bei District

By the bank of Yangtze River, there is a famous restaurant named Wai Po Qiao (Grandma's Bridge) on Nan Bin Road. The hotpot is served on the first floor. And the second floor is only for Sichuan food. When having the Sichuan food, we would recommend that you choose a river view box where you can appreciate the spectacular night view of the Yangtze River and Chongqing City in the moonlight. The extraordinary dishes and hospitable service make it a wonderful place to hang out with friends and families.

Chongqing Tanyingxiong Hotpot Restaurant wins the Jinding Prize for China Famous Hotpot Shop. Tanyingxiong Yutou(head of fish) hotpot uses the head of silver carp living in freshwater lakes as material. The fish is fat and tender. At the same time, it's rich in unsaturated fatty acid which human body can't synthesize by itself, amino acid, and some microelements which can strengthen human's memory. Tanyingxiong Hotpot gets rid of the characteristic of traditional Chongqing hotpot that there is too much oil. Its oil mainly adopts vegetable oil. After hotpot is boiled, oil will spread about on all side and the middle soup is white, which is the effect of "one flower in the middle". In addition, rice mixed with the soup of Tanyingxiong hotpot is very delicious. Tanyingxiong Hotpot is the first one to mix soup with rice. Tanyingxiong base material is extremely fragrant. After fish head is boiled for a long time, the hotpot becomes more delicious and fragrant, and is rich in abundant nutrition. People who are lack of appetite can eat a lot if they eat the rice mixed with hotpot soup.
This restaurant has many chains in the city:
   
1. Chongqing Shapinba Branch
Address: in the direction to Lishuwan of Tianxing Bridge Turntable, Shaping District, Chongqing city

2. Jiangbei Branch
Address: Num.521, Jiangbei 3rd Avenue, Jiangbei District, Chongqing city (at the back of the Customs)

Fish Eating Sheep

In this restaurant, people can taste three famous dishes: Fish Eating Sheep, which was granted by Hubilie, the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty; La Zhi Lian, which was named by Venice businessman, Marco Polo; Zi Yang Chicken, which was named when Gong Sunshu was proclaimed emperor in Baidi City. After Hubilie unified China, these three dishes became the famous dishes in the court of the Yuan dynasty. The materials of them are very fresh and the prices are relatively low. The fare of a small hotpot is only 48-68 Yuan.

Location: Enter the gate of the Zhujiang Garden located in the Zhiguang Avenue of Yangjiaping and then go down for 50 meters.

Taoran House
Taoran House was set up in 1955, with the registration funds of 510,000,000Yuan. It mainly deals in food. It's a large-scale food group combining chain management, ecological cultivation, food processing, people training, and material supply into a whole body. In present, there are more than 50 chain stores in over 20 provinces and cities in China. Taoran House has won a lot of titles, such as "Famous Shop of International Food", "Famous Shop of China Food", and "China Food Baiqiang (the best 100 of all) Enterprise". In the Fifth China Food Festival, it won the 12 awards, such as "Five-star Prize of International Famous Food Shop", "International Gold Prize of Food Quality", etc. They are all the highest awards. "Famous shop displays strength; glory creates resplendence". For 10-year development, Taoran House has invented more than 50 "China's famous foods and desserts" and hundreds of flavor foods. Taoran House has been well-known in the world.  

Specialty: peppery river snail, chicken cooked with dasheen, Taoran peppery chicken, bunched hare with orange fragrance.

Shanjiang Hechuan Peach Slices
With a history of more than 140 years, Hechuan Peach Slices is made from best-quality glutinous rice, Sichuan white sugar, gingili, lard, walnut kernel, rose, etc. It tastes soft, fragrant and sweet. It has the functions of nourishing Kidney, moistening lung and reducing cough.

Mayuan
Mayuan is a kind of food which is a small ball of glutinous rice balls, with sweet filling inside and some sesame outside. It's fried until its color changes into brown. It's characterized by crisp surface and soft inside, round shape with empty core, and sweet taste with fragrance.

Small Glutinous Rice Dumplings
Knead glutinous rice powder evenly into small balls, fill in sweet filling, and then cook them. It's characterized by white color like pearl, transparent surface, indistinct filling, and sweet taste with fragrance.

Jiangjin Rice Sugar
This traditional famous local product has already had a history of nearly one hundred years. Jiangjin Rice Sugar is synthesized by refined glutinous rice, white sugar, and maltose, oil made out of animals and plants, shelled peanut, peach kernel, rose candy, sesame, etc. It has many characteristics. It's crisp, sweet and tasty with faint scent. It has the functions of nourishing kidney, stimulating appetite, and invigorating the spleen etc.

Lai Walnut Crisp Cake
Invented in the twenties, Lai Walnut Crisp Cake is a famous traditional dessert in Chongqing. It's famous for being fragrant, sweet, crisp and loose. The surface presents the pattern of the walnut shell, with the natural breaches. It is deep yellow, shiny and smooth. It tastes delicious.

Since the catering business is thriving in Chongqing, many food streets are forming gradually and naturally. The area around Jiefangbei (called Jiefangbei Central Business District), Nanbin Road, and Bayi Street teem with street vendors and restaurants. Many local specialties like tea-smoked duck, dry-stewed fish, chicken with spring water, Dan Dan spicy noodle, etc. are worth tasting, but only if you are adventurous with hot and spicy experiences.

The western food in Chongqing is not as popular as the local food; therefore, it is a tough thing for you to find a decent western restaurant on the street. If your stomach is crying out for western food and your budget is available, you can go Portico's in Harbour Plaza which serves an international buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner and a lavish brunch buffet on Sundays. The dinner buffet on Saturday is especially great value. Don't forget to book a table in advance to ensure a panoramic window seat.

The Manhattan Steakhouse in Marriott Hotel, Chongqing is one of the best places in town to have western food, the classic steak of imported beef and seafood is offered at lunch buffets and dinner. The Marriott Cafe is a good place for a western breakfast, and lunch and dinner are also served.

There are many KFCs and McDonalds in Chongqing.