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Zhouzhuang, China - My fave teahouse and Jiangsu Eats

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Just sharing - an anonymous, but very atmospheric canal-side teahouse which I came across, and absolutely loved, during a visit to Zhouzhuang (45 minutes' drive from Shanghai).

 
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  1. Most eateries within Zhouzhuang served a set meal, which consisted of:

    - "Wansan" pig's trotter, braised in soysauce till fall-off-the-bone tender. It's good, but seemed mass-produced in a central kitchen-factory somewhere there, as *every* eatery's pig's trotter looked and tasted similar.

    - "Chun chai" green, leafy vegetables which are often braised or boiled

    - Tiny shell-on shrimps, which are stir-fried with garlic and Chinese celery.

    - Salted mustard vegetables.

    - Fishballs cooked with cucumbers, carrots and black fungus.

    We went to 3-4 restaurants to check out their menus, and the set meals all looked exactly the same!