Shenzhen's gastronomic delicacies, is a reflection of its population - a smorgasbord of authentic cuisine from the provinces of China. Hot and spicy specialties of Sichuan Province, preserved ham of Hunan Province, cold dishes of northeast China and the perennial Cantonese meals are all favourite dishes of the locals. Japanese and Thai restaurants are also becoming popular.
The morning tea in Shenzhen The morning tea of Guangdong Province has held the honour as the top breakfast in China for a long time. Sharing a cup of tea and eating delicious dim sum with a friend or family, or by you, has been a tradition here. Although the food is common to many areas, it is the leisurely pace of Shenzhen's morning tea that sets it apart from other cities. It extends into lunchtime, to the extent that many Shenzhen citizens make it their lunch, and there are restaurants where dim sum is available all day.
The following are some recommended places to have a morning tea:
Tang Palace (7:30 am-12:00 pm) This is one of the most popular places for morning tea, so be prepared to wait for a seat. Many locals and visitors are attracted here not only for the dim sum, but for the seafood and authentic Cantonese dishes that are served here as well. Address: 6th floor of Zhonghai Business City, No.1, Xinyuan Road Bus routes: 101, 102, 103, 11, 203, 206
Jin Du Restaurant Address: To the south get off at Si Hai Park, Nanshan District Bus routes: 22, 204, 226, 331, 433, 462
Yue Cai (Cantonese Cuisine) Generally speaking, Cantonese Cuisine consists of dishes from three areas: Guangzhou, Chaozhou and Dongjiang. The latter two have unique ethnic flavors and are popular in Shenzhen. The outstanding Chaozhou dish is the porridge, which can be enjoyed as a white porridge, or as a salt porridge with some added seafood. The Dongjiang dishes are Hakka recipes handed down from generation to generation. Three of the popular ones are: Yanjuji (salt-baked chicken), Niangdoufu (stuffed bean curd) and Hongshaorou (braised pork with soy sauce).
Here is a list of restaurants you can try:
Shenyun Chaozhou Porridge Dongmen branch: No.26, Shaibu Road, Luohu District Zhenxing branch: N0.3007 of No15, Hongli West Road, Futian District Shuiku branch: No.35 of South Shuiku, Aiguo Road, Luohu District
Ke Jia Wang (Hakka dish) HongBao Road head office (10:00 am-12:00 pm): N0.138, Hongbao Lu, Luohu District; These are the buses you can take buses to get there: 404, 406, 418 and 42 to get to Litchi Park. Zhenhua branch (10:00 am-12:00 pm): No.73, Zhenhua Road, Futian District; Take any of these buses: 219, 433 and 469. Zhenxing branch (10:00 am-12:00 pm): No.113, Zhengxing West Road, Futian District; Take any of these buses: 219, 468, 466 and 455.
Kejia City (Hakka dish) Bahua 1st Road branch (11:00 am-the next 1:00 am): Bagua 1st Road, Futian District; Take buses: 212, 433, 365, 352 or 213 to get to Bagua 2nd Road. Shazui branch: Jindi Restaurant, Futian District; (11:00 am-the next 1:00am): Take buses: 212, 419, 422, 427, or 474 to get to Jindi Food Street.
Ying Hai Yu Gang (Cantonese Cuisine) Address: 2nd and 3rd floor of Jingwei Mansion, Jiabin Road, Luohu District Opening hour: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Bus route: 7, 8, 418, or K12
Dan Gui Xuan (Cantonese cuisine) Address: No.5010 of Wuzi Lou, Luohu Business City, Guangchang South Road Opening hour: 7:00 am-12:00 pm Bus route: 12, 101, or 102
Ba Shu Feng Yue (Sichuan cuisine) Futian branch: No.405 of Sangda Industrial Zone, Zhenxing Road, Futian District Nanshan branch: 2nd floor of Yehai Market, Longcheng Road, Nanshan District Luohu branch: No.34, Aiguo Road, Luohu District Bashu Fengyue branch: 1st floor of Xinghe International Mansion, Central District
Xiang E Qing (Hunan and Hubei cuisine) Zhonghang branch (11:00 am-10:30 pm): Hangcheng Mansion of Zhong Hang Garden, Shennan Middle Road, Futian District; Buses of 204, 311, 101, 103, 213 and 320 can be used. Chinese Delicious Food Restaurant branch (10:00 am-10:10 pm): No.138, Xuefu Road, Nanshan District; Buses of 22 and 204 are available Dongbin branch (10:30 am-10:30 pm): No.17, Dongbin Road, Nanshan District; Buses of 462, 210 and 204 can reach there.
Western Food Restaurant Raindrops Western Food Restaurant Renmin South Road branch: 2nd floor of Haifeng Garden, Renmin South Road, Luohu District Nanyou branch: Located in the bathing beach of Industrial 2nd Road, Nanshan District Jintian Road branch: Jiayitai, Jintian South Road, Futian District Shatoujiao branch: No.78, Shensha Road, Yantian District