Mount Tai cuisine is renowned for its featured feasts and local-favored snacks. The featured feasts mainly include Tofu Feast and Potherb Feast. The local-favored snacks includes Millet Pancake and Grilled Meat. Besides, Jiaozi (Chinese Ravioli) is really popular in Tai'an.
Thin, crisp and fragrant are the three features of Tai’an Millet Pancake. It is made from millet which is ranked in the top grade of Chinese pancake. The millet is first made into power and then undergoes fermentation before baking in a pan. The millet pancake is as thin as the wing of cicada. People even can read newspaper through it which is tasted crisp and fragrant. Local people usually eat it by rolling green Chinese onion in it.
Chililn Fish is a kind of exclusive wild carp of Mount Tai. It lives in the streams of Mount Tai at the altitude from 270 to 800 meters. It is popular with people for its tender meat, no smell and high nutrition value and seldom small bones. Tai’an people Fry the excavated Chilin Fish with seasons full of local flavor to make the fish crisp exteriorly and tend interiorly. The Fried Chilin fish is in the shape of arch and tasted melt in the mouth and moreish.
Tofu Feast has a very long history. Mount Tai is the sacred mountain in China. For thousands of years, emperors of the past dynasties all offered sacrifices to the earth and heaven at Mount Tai. They all abstain from eating meal to show their godliness. Tofu feast is their favorite. The Tofu Feast includes 150 dishes including the famous Yipin Tofu (tofu cooked with egg, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots and the dish is in the shape of Chinese character “品”, pinyin: pin); Tofu cooked with ginseng and Furong Tofu (tofu cooked with string beans, mushrooms, eggs and flavored seasons.
Thanks to the agreeable environment, Mount Tai is abundant in various kinds of Chinese medicine. The Medicine Feast of Tai’an should never be missed. Medicine borrows the power of food while food supports the power of medicine and turns "good medicine with bitter taste" into "good medicine with nice taste". It has nutritional value, and also can prevent or cure diseases, protect health, build up a good physique and prolong life. The Famous Medicinal Dishes include Chicken Steamed with Ganoderma lucidum, Duck Steamed with Ganoderma lucidum, Mutton braised with Polygonum multiflorum, Chicken Steamed with Ginseng, Pork Braised with Gingko and Tofu Cooked with Almond.
The Mount Tai Restaurant located at the conjunction of East Xinmin Road and North Henan Road is a good choice to enjoy Tofu Feast and Potherb Feast. The grilled meat stalls of Tai’an concentrate in three areas: Lipangzi Grilled Meat Stalls, Huanshan Lu Grilled Meat Stalls and Pingguoyuan Grilled Meat Stalls located at the east of Tai’an.
It is the most famous place to enjoy the grilled meat of Tai’an. It is located near Dai Temple at the foot of Mount Tai. Tourist can take bus No.1 or No.3 to get there.
It is located at the east of Red Gate Palace of Mount Tai. The feature of the grilled meat here is that they are cut up to put on a pancake with seasons and then grilled by charcoal fire.