Nanjing Tour Guide
Stinky Tofu (Chou Doufu, 臭豆腐)
Stinky Tofu is Tofu that is marinated in brine and allowed to ferment for several days. How long it ferments for, what the brine is made out of and the type and texture of tofu are all factors that affect the end product. It is possible to have different tasting toufu just as there are different varieties and strengths of cheeses. Because of this variety, many cities in China each count stinky tofu as one of their unique specialties. It is usually served with hot sauce but can also be served with other toppings.
Stinky Tofu can be found at street vendors, restaurants, grocery stores.
The quality and quantity of duck eaten in Nanjing has earned it one of it’s many nicknames - "Yadu" (鸭都) or "Duck Capital".
Soup Dumplings (Tangbao, 汤包)
Dumplings with chicken broth inside them are a favorite of both locals and visitors.
Soup dumplings can be found in many restaurants. One of the more popular restaurants can be found on Lion’s Bridge. They do not sell any dishes besides soup dumplings and duck blood soup.
Duck Blood and Sweet Potato Starch Noodle Soup (Yaxue Fensi Tang, 鸭血粉丝汤)
This soup contains congealed blocks of ducks blood and thin noodles made from sweet potato starch. It is a dish that is loved by some and avoided by others.
Crawfish (Xiao Longxia, 小龙虾)
A big bowl of spicy crawfish is a meal on its own. It is often complimented with some small snacks or thin bread.
Crawfish can be found a year long, but the large fresh ones can usually only be found between May and October. It can be bought in grocery stores and restaurants. Indeed, some restaurants only sell crawfish.
Hope you are hungry by now, there is a local restaurant where you can try all the yum yum's, it called Nanjing Impression Restaurant (Nanjing Da Paidang 南京大牌档). I and my friends come here almost every 2 weeks, we love this place, we feel comfortable and relaxing here like home, and all the food is just like home made. Here is totally a Nanjing style restaurant, and what they try to do is retain the old flavor of Nanjing. Some local snacks is bare can find everywhere but you can find it here, the food here also brings back my childhood :)
Nanjing Salty Duck (Nanjing Yanshui Ya, 南京盐水鸭)
Nanjing Salty Duck has been produced in Nanjing for over 1000 years and is widely thought of as the number one Nanjing specialty. The skin is lightly colored and the meat is tender.
Bagged Salty Ducks can be found in all the tourist markets and supermarkets (better tasty ones). Fresh ducks can be bought at butchers shops and grocery stores.
Around 6pm, they will have local artists to performance local opera. Hope you will enjoy :)
Nanjing Impression Restaurant was recommended by Lonely Planet.
Luhao is a green vegetable that is grown in freshwater lakes nearby. It is usually stir-fried and served on its own as a side dish or with toufu. Although some will say that it can only be found in Nanjing, the truth is that it can be found in other cities in China as well. However, it is quite popular in Nanjing.