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Wuxi Food & Restaurant

Written by Kelly PangUpdated Oct. 31, 2023

Steamed Bun in a Small Bamboo Steamer

It is made of top-grade flour with well selected ingredients by being steamed in a small bamboo steamer. The bun features thin coating and abundant fillings.

Wonton with "Three Fresh Ingredients"

Three Fresh Ingredients refer to the fresh meat, dried and shelled shrimps, preserved Szechuan pickle which are the main stuffings of this food. The seasoners include bone soup, dried bean curd shreds and egg shreds. The wonton with "three fresh ingredients" with thin coat, rich fillings and fresh soup, is a popular snack among locals.

Oil Dried Bean Curd

It is a traditional snack of Wuxi City. Slice hardened processed bean curd was sliced and then fried in a small pan till the color turns to golden. spices including ripe soy sauce, sweet flour sauce, minced scallion, minced ginger, crystal sugar are sprinkled before the food being served. This snack is tender inside and crisp outside with appetiting fragrance.

Other well-known dishes include Blue shrimps fried alive very quickly over hot fire, whitebait with crisp crust, shelled crystal shrimp, gluten with meat, crucian with butter, meat with preserved bean curd gravy

Muslim restaurants in Wuxi are concentrated around the mosque in 240 Changqing Road.无锡市长庆路250号. Continue to read halal food in China.

Vegetarian Restaurants

Green Life Fashionable and Healthy Vegetarian Restaurant

The restaurant advocates a quiet and peaceful life attitude and the dietary habit that excludes oil and monosodium glutamate. The environment may not be very elegant, but it is clean and quiet. A dish called "jade soup" is especially recommended; it is cooked with spinach juice, pine nuts and needle mushrooms. Another recommended dish is the vegetable salad which is nourishing and tasty. The restaurant also sells many organic products like raisins. Also, there are many kinds of set meals and vegetarian noodles. The waiters there will initiatively remind you when the amount of food you have ordered has been enough, so that there is no waste.

  • Chinese name: 绿生活素食时尚健康餐厅 Lvshenghuo Sushi Shishang Jiankang Canting
  • Recommended dishes: cheese pumpkin (芝士南瓜), rice fried with cedrela sinensis (香椿炒饭), "crab meat" cooked with pine nuts (蟹粉松仁), mixed vegetables (素什锦), soba noodles (荞麦面), and vegetarian "sausage" (素肠)
  • Kindly reminder: The "meat" and "fish" are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 48 yuan
  • Address: Shop No. 1608 in Yangguang Square, 229 Hongxing Road, Nanchang District 南长区红星路229号阳光广场1608号铺
  • Tel: 0510-81007911 or 0510-89971717
  • Opening hours: 11am – 8.30pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take Bus 51, 68, 73, 86, 133, 505 or 760 and get off at Yangguang Square (阳光广场); 2) Take Bus 1 (express), 7 (express), 51, 68, 73, 86, 105, 133, 505 or 760 and get off at Zhongbei Xincun (中北新村), and then walk about 80 meters.

Early Vegetarianism

This is a restaurant with a groovy and elegant environment which pays a lot of attention to details. For example, the toothpastes are made from corn. Another example is that mushroom powder is used instead of monosodium glutamate in the cooking process. Much of the food is made from soybean fiber. But the food price may be a bit high for many people. In addition, smoking is forbidden and only mild vegetarian beer is offered there.

  • Chinese name: 早吃素餐厅 Zaochisu Canting
  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast "duck" (素烤鸭), alfalfa sprout hand rolls (苜蓿芽手巻), vegetarian "ribs" cooked with black pepper (黑椒素排), "pork lungs" in chili sauce (夫妻肺片), pine nuts cooked with green cucumber (松仁酿青瓜), spinach dumplings (菠菜饺子), "codfish" cooked with black pepper (黑椒鳕鱼), and a pot filled with curry and seasonal vegetables (咖喱时蔬锅)
  • Kindly reminder: The "meat" and "fish" are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Address: 118 Zhongshan Road, Chong'an District 崇安区中山路118号
  • Tel: 020-83302126
  • Transportation: 1) Take Bus 3, 12, 24, 25, 32, 40, 42, 53, 62, 67, 79, 81, 85, 105, 118, 135, 201, 312, 358, 501, 502, 508, 723, 765, Yijia Special Line or Jingjie Special Line, and get off at Eryuan (China CITIC Bank) (二院(中信银行)), and then walk about 50 meters; 2) Take Bus 105, 10 (up direction), 10 (down direction), 118, 21, 24, 25, 27 (up direction), 32, 42, 53, 62, 65, 76, 319, 358, 501, 508, 765, Xintangli Special Line or Jingjie Special Line, and get off at Xinsheng Road (Babaiban) (新生路(八佰伴)), and then walk about 80 meters.
  • Special service: Takeaway dishes can be sent.

Kaiyuan Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

The restaurant is located at the door of the Kaiyuan Temple, and you don't need to buy the entrance ticket to get into the restaurant. The vegetarian noodles there are especially recommended. Because of the popular business, on many occasions it can become crowded in the restaurant and sometimes you may need to queue up to have the vegetarian noodles.

  • Chinese name: 开原寺素斋馆 Kaiyuansi Sushi Guan
  • Kindly reminder: The "meat" and "fish" are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 10 yuan
  • Address: inside the Plum Garden, Binhu District 滨湖区梅园横山风景区内
  • Tel: 0510-85508777
  • Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take Bus 68 and get off at Yinxiu Road (fast inner ring) (隐秀路(快速内环)), and then walk about 250 meters; 2) Take Bus 59, 77, 103 or G1 and get off at Jinchengwan Road (金城湾路), and then walk about 350 meters.
  • Special service: A swiping card facility is available.

Lingshan Vegetable Diet Restaurant

Located at the foot of the Big Buddha, the restaurant enjoys great popularity. The environment is large and simple. Sometimes you may need to wait for your meal due to the popular business there. One thing that should be mentioned is that the restaurant also provides meat or fish as well as a lot of vegetarian food.

  • Chinese name: 灵山蔬食馆 Lingshan Shushi Guan
  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian noodles (素面), and a steamed bun with vegetable stuffing (素包子)
  • Average price per person: 27 yuan
  • Address: on the east of the exit of Lingshan Scenic Region in the Taihu Tourist Vocation Zone, Binhu District 滨湖区太湖国家旅游度假区灵山景区出口处东侧
  • Tel: 0510-85680388
  • Transportation: Take Bus 88 or 89 and get off at Bibo Villa (碧波山庄), and then walk about 250 meters.
  • Special service: A swiping card facility is available.

Muslim Restaurants

The 9th Century Halal Restaurant

The restaurant mainly serves Muslim food that is fresh, tasty and delicate. The decoration of the restaurant is also impressive, with white and green as the main colors. Pointed arches on the walls, marble flooring, small fountains, green trees and music in the air, all combine features of a Chinese building with those of an Arab one, to make the restaurant clean, bright and elegant.

  • Chinese name: Jiushiji A'labo Fengqiang Qingzhen Canting 九世纪阿拉伯风情清真餐厅
  • Recommended dishes: roasted mutton chops (烤羊排), boiled milk with fruits (草原牛奶羹), roast lamb ridge (烤羊脊), and boiled noodles with fish (石锅三角峰)
  • Average price per person: 72 yuan
  • Address: 586 South Jiefang Road, Chong'an Distict (崇安区解放南路586号)
  • Tel: 0510-82760977
  • Bus routes: 5, 68, 70, 96 or 135, then get off at the Mosque (清真寺)

Muslim's Song in Grassland

Different from other similar halal restaurants, the restaurant primarily serves various kinds of hot pots made with ingredients of Muslim food. Beef and mutton, fresh and tender, are the two most popular foods. Besides its delicious taste, the other attraction of the meat it offers is that it is served as a buffet. With a savory soup base and special peanut sauce or sesame paste, you can enjoy a distinctive Muslim dish. What's more, the services that the restaurant offers are considerate and passionate. Before you finish the meat on your plate, the waiters will offer you more meat spontaneously.

  • Chinese name: Caoyuan Muge 草原穆歌
  • Average price per person: 33 yuan
  • Address: 16-3 Changqing Road, Chong'an District (崇安区长庆路16-3号)
  • Tel: 0510-82302977
  • Bus routes: 3, 28, 61, 100, 102, 112, 311 or 501, then get off at Changqing Road (长庆路)

Green Willow House

With nearly a hundred years' history, the time-honored restaurant is famous for its Muslim vegetarian food that is like meat both in its appearance and taste. With constant improvement year by year, it has won many prizes in cooking competitions and has formed nine specialties called 'must-have food', which attract many customers.

  • Chinese name: Lu Liu Ju 绿柳居
  • Recommended dishes: fried beef dumplings (牛肉锅贴), hot and sour soup (酸辣汤), steamed vegetarian bun (素包子), and basted lamb leg (烤羊腿)
  • Average price per person: 13 yuan
  • Address: 2115 Huangting Square, Pedestrian Street, Chong'an Temple, Chong'an District (崇安区崇安寺步行街皇亭广场2115号)
  • Tel: 0510-82725758
  • Bus routes: 12, 25, 30, 118, 201, 208, 211 or 311, then get off at the International Hotel (国际饭店)
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