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Dinning in Kaifeng

Kaifeng was the birthplace of Henan Cuisine, based on the royal cuisine of the Northern Song Dynasty. 

Henan dishes combine a number of different Chinese cuisine including Sichuan, Beijing and Canton styles of food. Dishes here are characterized by their salty taste and colorful appearance. Unlike Shanghainese cuisine, little oil is used in the preparation of Henan dishes and flour is often the major ingredient; noodles and bread are especially popular. 

Steamed Rib with Bamboo Shoo

Steamed Ribs with Bamboo Shoot 

Steamed Ribs with Bamboo Shoot uses fresh pork rib as its basic material. The meat is boiled to almost 80 percent cooked and then steamed over a strong fire and mixed with sliced bamboo shoots. The scent of bamboo and the richness of the meat are sufficiently infused. After the materials are cooked, the meat is mixed with pure meat soup to complete the dish. Unlike the normal ways of cooking pork in China, this dish is light and refreshing, the meat tastes soft and fragrant.

Sweet and Sour Carp with Baked Noodle

Baked Noodle with Sweet and Sour Car

Baked Noodle with Sweet and Sour Carp is the Kaifeng's brand dish. The dish is actually made up of two individual dishes, the baked noodle which is fried before being dried by baking, and the Sweet and Sour Carp which uses carp from the Yellow River, delicately cooked with sour and sweet sauce. When covering the baked noodle on the hot carp, the rich juice is completely absorbed by the dry noodle. This dish has been popular among the local people for over 200 years.


Four treasures wrap

Four treasures wrap uses deboned duck, chicken , pigeon and quail, one of each. As the name suggests, the smallest fowl is wrapped by a bigger one until it is finally wrapped by the duck. After the delicate process of preparation, the whole thing is deeply stewed. When served, the dish looks just like a ordinary duck stew, but when guests finish the outmost duck, the chicken is there, after the chicken is the pigeon until there is the quail stuffed with sliced mushroom and ham. This dish was used by Kaifeng cooking masters as a tribute to Empress Cixi at the end of the Qing Dynasty in the late 19th century. 


Places to enjoy snack food: around the train station; The Night Market on Shudianjie

Places to tastes fast food: the area south of Gulou Jie