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Wu Yue Shi

Add:51 Wushan Rd, C section of Hubin Intime Department Store, Hangzhou

Tel:1550 5888 190


Golden fried dough sticks are a common sight around the city. Known as youtiao, it only cost 1 yuan (16.4 US cents) per piece, but at Wu Yue Shi they sell for 12 yuan (US$1.95).

However, the price hasn’t slowed business down because these dough sticks are big, stuffed with meat and topped with minced shrimp.

Youtiao was first created in Hangzhou around 1,000 years ago, but they are eaten nationwide today. Wu Yue Shi dough sticks are crispy on the outside with soft and tasty meat inside. The result is similar to biting into a fully topped thin-crust pizza.

The restaurant’s other signature dish is congbao hui, somewhat like a Chinese hamburger, stuffed with either Peking duck or Wushan grilled chicken.

Congbao hui is a youtiao derivative. When youtiao is overcooked it becomes too brittle. But a long time ago, a clever cook decided not to waste food, taking an overcooked youtiao and wrapping it with shallots in a thin pancake. People often add either a spicy or sweet sauce.

Wu Yue Shi has taken two congbao hui and added meat in the middle, thus the comparison to a burger.

They also serve bak-kut-teh, a Southeast Asian food consisting of pork ribs simmered in a broth of herbs and spices for hours. This soup goes well with chopped up youtiao.