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Zhou’s Shaomai

Add:347 Shangtang Rd

Tel:1358 8090 552

Time:6:30am-2pm, 4pm-8pm


This restaurant is the story of Zhou Xianhu, who used to work in a leather factory and quit around the turn of the century because the salary was too low. The 60-year-old opened a dim sum booth opposite the plant’s entrance. Word spread. Soon she was making dumplings in a stall in a garage. Now Zhou has her own restaurant and some locals say she “makes the best shaomai in town.”


Shaomai is a Chinese dumpling served as dim sum. It’s usually filled with glutinous rice, minced pork, mushrooms, bamboo, soy sauce, sesame oil and chicken stock. The outer covering is made of a thin sheet of dough.

Zhou rose to even greater heights of local fame at the “Cuisine Olympics,” which was held by the five-star Dragon Hotel in 2012. She won in the small eatery category against dozens of competitors.

After 15 years, she now has her own small restaurant. She keeps it plain and simple, but the food is anything but dim. Shaomai remains the signature dish although the wonton is also highly recommended.

The shaomai cost 12 yuan for 10 pieces.