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Fuzhou¡¯s Off the WallFamous chef of Buddha Leaps the Wall Soup in Fuzhou Cuisine
        or, Why Buddha Jumped the Wall
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After exploring Fuzhou and shopping for Shoushan stone carvings, cork and wood carvings, and bodiless lacquerware, I feed both body and soul with Fuzhou¡¯s famous foods.

Juchunyuan Hotel famous for Buddha Jumps the Wall SoupFujian cuisine used to rank low on the list of China¡¯s eight major cuisines until a chef from Fuzhou¡¯s famous Juchunyuan Hotel wowed Beijing culinary judges with three of his dishes. Ever since, people have flocked to Fuzhou to feast on Gaotang Haibang (Changle clams), Qishi She (a delicacy named after the tongue of an ancient beautiful maid!), and Hongzao Jirou (a chicken dish). And the Juchunyuan Hotel, at the East Gate above the KFC, still has the best Buddha Leaps the Wall!

Preparing the famous Fuzhou Monk Jumps the Wall soupBuddha Leaps the Wall is by far Fuzhou¡¯s most famous dish. Ages ago, a fellow decided to keep various meats and vegetables from spoiling by stewing them for over a day. Locals say that once upon a time, a monk was so entranced by the stew¡¯s aroma that, even though he was a vegetarian, he leaped a wall to get a bowlful.

I told Professor Chen De Ren, ¡°Supermarkets sell ¡®Buddha Leaps the Wall¡¯ kits for only 25 Yuan.¡±

¡°Impossible!¡± he cried. ¡°It is not the real thing! Buddha Leaps the Wall must be made in large batches, for ten or more people. Over 30 choice ingredients are stewed in an aged liquor, and it costs at least 1000 Yuan a pot!¡±   Right.

Buddha Jumps the Wall Soup of FuzhouMonk Jumps the Wall is by far my favorite Fuzhou dish, but I¡¯m not jumping any walls until the price comes down or someone else foots the bill. I¡¯ll stick with places like Nantai Lou, which offer authentic and relatively inexpensive Fuzhou style fast food.

Located on the second floor at the corner of August 17th Street and Jintai Rd., Nantai Lou is always crowded (though it appears the elderly have a greater appreciation for traditional foods than do the youth, who increasingly flock to Western fast food chains and coffee bars).

I like Fuzhou¡¯s famous fish balls, which vary in Famous pounded pork of Fuzhoutaste, texture and elasticity depending on the ratio of meat to flour and the amount of shrimp. I also enjoy Fuzhou sesame breads, which are round, flat, and have small holes in the middle. Soldiers fighting off Japanese pirates wore the sesame breads on strings around their neck so they could eat on the go. The sweet variety is called Jiandong bing, and the unsweetened is guangbing (named after the heroic general, QiQi Guang).

Fuzhou Pounded Pork is quite a treat! Of course, like most Fujian people, Fuzhou folk argue they have the best pounded pork in the province, if not China. But Fuzhou¡¯s pounded pork is 100% pig, no flour. One pork pounder was a big-armed fellow East is Red Hot  Cultural Revolution Era Restaurant in Fuzhou(at least, his hammer arm was big) who pounded away with a wooden mallet for well over half an hour without a break. He pounded the pork until it was so thin and white that I mistook it for the paper they wrap take-out in.

Locals swear that the best Fuzhou snacks are to be had at the award winning shop that used to stand across the street to the south of the tottering black pagoda. The same family has run the business for 3 or 4 generations, and I can¡¯t even begin to describe the offerings. Try them! But first you¡¯ll have to find them. They¡¯ve moved somewhere just down the same street.

Famous Fuzhou snack foods and specialtiesThe East is Red Hot When Mao said ¡°The East is Red,¡± he probably meant red peppers. He put hot peppers in everything, including his bread. His favorite dish was the fiery ¡°Twice cooked pork¡± (which sounds to me like a chic name for leftovers).

For a revolutionary cuisine experience, try Fuzhou¡¯s ¡°The East is Red Restaurant.¡± They offer Mao memorabilia and spicy cuisine from the Great Helmsman¡¯s home province, Hunan.

West Lake hotel, Fujian¡¯s finest, overlooks the 1800-year-old manmade West Lake, and has some of the nicest Western food in Fuzhou, though the dividing line between Chinese and WesternGerman Octoberfest in China Fuzhou East Lake hotel can get blurred. For their German Octoberfest buffet, they served trays of fish heads and fish tails, and barbequed whole baby octopus displayed between the French croissants and apple fritters. I do enjoy a nice barbecued baby octopus, with chewy tentacles and suction cups intact, but not for dessert.

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