Delicacies in Wuhan
Collect the delicacies and integrate cuisines from all over the country
Known for the saying “ There are birds with nine heads in the sky, while there are Hubei guys on the earth”, Hubei collects all delicacies from all over the country here and integrates sweetness in the south, saltiness in the north, spiciness flavor in the east and sourness in the west. Combining Wuhan local dishes with Jingzhou and Huangzhou local dishes, Hubei food is cooked mainly by steaming, stewing, deep-frying, braising and stir-frying. The dish characterizes folk simplicity mainly with dense extract, thick qian (mixture of amylum and water), strong and pure taste.
With a long history, Wuhan cuisine in Wuchang, Hanyang and Hankou enjoys a great reputation. Being of various designs and colors, Wuhan cuisine attaches much importance to the skills in the use of a kitchen knife, color match and dishes designing and excels in simmering the soup. Jingzhou cuisine is famous for cooking delicate freshwater fishes and various steamed dishes with thin qian, which tastes pure and original flavor. Huangzhou cuisine is famed for baking and salting with much oil and perfect mastery of temperature, featuring with a country flavor of dense, strong and salty taste. Chairman Mao has ever versified “Enjoy Wuchang fish immediately after drinking the well water in Changsha” after he came to Hubei. Now, Wuchang fish is known far and wide. The snacks of distinctive taste, such as mianwo (round and thin fried dough with a crispy center), doupi (three delicacy stuffed skin of bean milk), youtiao (a fried dough stick), hot braised noodles, doufunao (jellied bean curd), deep-fried dough cake, bun and huanxituo (a fried sweet ball of glutinous rice with sesames, can be bought anywhere in Hubei at a low price.
Breakfast Food of Local Style in Hubu Alley
With a history of 400 years, Hubu Alley, located on Ziyou Road in Wuchang, less than 4-metre wide and 150-metre long, is well-known for a variety of breakfast foods with distinctive Wuhan style in Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. At present, there are over 30 different kinds of breakfast foods and snacks, such as hot braised noodles of Mrs. Shi’s style, fish noodles in fresh and thick soup of Ms. Xu’s style, mianwo (round and thin fried dough with a crispy center) of Xie’s style, gruel of Gao’s style, spicy beef noodles of Chen’s style, rice wine of Wan’s style, wonton of Wang’s style, doupi (three delicacy stuffed skin of bean milk) of He’s style, steamed dumplings in soup stewed in an earthen jar of Mapo’s style, pancake of Li’s style, steamed twisted rolls stuffed with dried meat floss of Gu’s style, deep-fried dough cake of Lü’s style, sponge cakes of Wu’s style, attractive beef noodles, fellow- villager snacks, rice flour and noodles of Li’s style, shaomei (a steamed dumpling with dough gathered at the top) and mianwo of Chen’s style and fried bun of little Wen’s style.
In order to attract more kinds of famous breakfast foods and enhance the characteristics of the alley’s Wuhan style, authorities of Zhonghua Road invested over 400,000 yuan to rebuild the alley in its original state and create a tourist route of cultural features. With a new look, Hubu Alley reopened its business on 18th September 2003.
At the entrance of rebuilt Hubu Alley that’s still with original style, you’ll find there carved a doggerel “Rice is main ingredient for Han style breakfast, while quick, hot and fresh breakfast are served in Hubu Alley” written by the famous master in quyi (Chinese folk art forms) performance?DHe Zuohuan. Walking further, you’ll see a black granite wall explaining how to make hot braised noodles, mianwo and other kinds of Han style breakfast. Under the new fylfot ceiling, there are many vendors wearing small hat and green clothes with a sign of a bowl of steaming hot soup on the chest. The town gate and archway of Ming and Qing Dynasties’ style together with Xiangshengduizhan, one of the most ancient buildings there, witness a long history of trade and business. At the entrance of the other side of the alley, there stand two stone lions, on which carved the title “number one alley for Han style breakfast” by the reputable calligrapher Chen Yijing with lapidary style on Taishan Mountain.
Hubu Alley, ancient and distinctive, hidden in the hustle and bustle of the city, is an old musical note with the rhythm of the city. Once the note is played, it makes the sleepy Wuhan begin to revive and full of vitality.
Instruction: Take buses of No. 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 43, 515, 521, 529, 530, 576, 578, 539, 717, 514, 542, 554, 573, 607 or 804 to Zhonghualu station and then arrive at Hubu Alley.