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Dinning in Fuzhou

Fuzhou dishes are representative of the Min Cuisine that is very much a feature of Fujian Province and is one of the Eight Major Cuisines of China . Min, (which is short for Fujian Province), has its own unique style that has evolved over a very long period of time and each of the various recipes are very precise with an emphasis placed on their savory sauces. 


These sauces are mild and of a sweet and sour nature and together with meats and vegetables that are cut and prepared in a particular manner, combine into wonderfully appetizing dishes. As in other provinces, snacks are very much part of daily diet and the tasty Fuzhou snacks rightly deserve their recognition as 'Famous Chinese Snacks'.

Local snacks


Yu Wan (Fish Ball)



Fish Ball


The flesh of a carp, shark or freshwater fish is pounded into a fine and soft paste from which the bones are carefully removed, flour is added and the mixture is then beaten to a smooth consistency to make a wrapping for a variety of stuffings. These can be of muscles, shrimps or sturgeon for example and small balls are thus created. There is an old saying 'if there are no fish balls, there is no dinner'. This shows just how popular the taste of fish balls is favored by Fuzhou people. You can have a taste of these at the Yonghe Fish Ball Store in Ta Xiang (lane).

Chun Juan (Spring Roll)



Spring Roll


Ground rice is made into a thin paste which is filled with vegetables and meat or seafood, the rolls are deep fried in oil until golden and crispy on the outside and tender within.

Traditional dishes


Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps over the Wall)


With more than 100 year's history, it is a traditional Min Cuisine recipe. It is said to have been created by the wife of a Fuzhou official, who in 1876 was entertaining an important member of the Fujian Government in his home. His wife, who was an excellent cook placed chicken, duck, pork and seafood together into an empty wine jar to simmer following a recipe which was known at the time as 'Full of Blessing and Longevity'. When the dish was served, the visitor praised the aroma and the delicious flavor and was so impressed that when he returned home he asked the cook – Zheng Chunfa to learn how the wife of his host had prepared the food. 


Subsequently, Zheng Chunfa adapted the recipe making it yet more fulsome and on the strength of his creation opened a restaurant named Juchunyuan where he served it to the delight of his customers. One day several talented writers to the restaurant and were served with Zheng Chunfa's special version of 'Full of Blessing and Longevity'. When he opened the jar in which it had been cooked, the diners were so taken with the gorgeous smell that one of them wrote a poem about it. In it he said that the smell was so wonderful that even a Buddha would stop pattering and jump over the wall to have a taste. Hence the name 'Buddha Jumps over the Wall'.


Simmered in a Shaoxing wine jar using more than twenty ingredients including fish, sea cucumber, chicken, pork and mutton, dried scallop, sea-ear, needle of bamboo shoot and pigeon egg, this traditional dish is widely renrenowned overseas and is considered the top dish among those of the Min Cuisine.

Ji Tang Tun Hai Bang (Chicken Soup with Sea Clam)


Clams from Changlezhang harbor of Fuzhou are cut into thin pieces and boiled in water to which Shaoxing wine is added partway through the cooking process. The clams are served in a clear chicken soup that is both nutritious and tasty.


Here SICAS recommended  authentic and western restaurants in the Fuzhou 


1. A Lilang Korean Restaurant


Price:  RMB 60-80

Address:  310 Wusi Beilu, Jin'an District, Fuzhou

Contact:  0591 8771 2678, 8772 4472  



2. Antailou Restaurant

Price:  RMB30

Address:  39 Jibi Lu, Fuzhou

Contact:  0591-87550890, 87521051  



3. Juchunyuan Restaurant

Price:  RMB 1688

Address:  2 Dongjie, Gulou District, Fuzhou 

Contact:  0591 8750 2328 0591 8753 3604  

Opening hours:  9:00 - 22:00 daily

Website:  http://www.jcy-hotel.com (Chinese)

Description: Most notably, the third floor restaurant specializes in ‘Buddha Jumps over the Wall’ (Fo Tiao Qiang) and other Fuzhou delicacies. Delicious Chinese and western dishes can be found on the second floor at Ju Xiang Yuan Buffet. In addition to its dining venues, the hotel also features a conference hall, business center, shopping mall, beauty salon, and sauna center. 



4. Indian Kitchen

Price:  RMB 65

Address:  Villa 10, Shuidiaogetou, Hudong Lu, Gulou District, Fuzhou 

Contact:  0591 8798 7938  

Opening hours:  10:00 - 15:00 daily 



5. Juchunyuan Restaurant

Price:  RMB 1688

Address:  2 Dongjie, Gulou District, Fuzhou 

Contact:  0591 8750 2328 0591 8753 3604  

Opening hours:  9:00 - 22:00 daily

Website:  http://www.jcy-hotel.com (Chinese)



6. Jazzy Pizza

Price:  RMB 30-50

Address:  2F, Jiajian Building, 258 Wusi Lu, Fuzhou

Contact:  0591 8785 5877  

Opening hours:  On Weekdays: 11:00 - 22:00; On Weekends & Holidays

Description: Fuzhou's home of authentic homemade pizza with wide selection of toppings.

--Wusi Branch 

Add: No.1, 2F, Jiajian Building, 258 Wusi Lu, Gulou District, Fuzhou 

Tel: 0591-87855877

--Bayiqi Branch 

Add: 1F, Minxing Building, 190 Bayiqi Beilu, Gulou District, Fuzhou 

Tel: 0591-87671233