December 23, 2015

The Grandma’s, Hangzhou…Hangbang cai – subtle and milder in taste

Unlike dishes from northern China, the lesser known Hangzhou cuisine is heavy on steaming, boiling and roasting. Specializing in local dishes, The Grandma’s is a good place to get acquainted with Hangzhou cuisine. Hangbang cai – as Hangzhou cuisine is known – is also more subtle and milder in taste than Shanghai cuisine.

It was easy to over-order. We had the steamed lotus root stuffed with glutinous rice, sizzling shrimps, grandma’s pork, sichuan spicy tofu and sweet and sour Chinese cabbage. They were all typical traditional homely dishes.

Personally, I’d prefer improving the OK Hangzhou dishes by adding a pinch of this, a tad of that, until it sings. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

grandma hz


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