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Chao Zhong Ren River Food Restaurant

Add:368 Gudun Rd

Tel:0571-8775 5259


This popular restaurant serves Chaozhou cuisine, one of the most common cuisines among overseas Chinese.

The two-floor restaurant is not stylish nor fancy, but its fresh fish, crab, shrimp and other seafood swimming in tanks or lying on ice attract many diners. A dozen tables in the restaurant serve people from noon to midnight.

The restaurant started as a stall, but has since expanded to four locations, including the one on Gudun Road. Chaozhao cuisine is famous for its fresh seafood and vegetables and light, natural flavors. It's also healthy since it's made with minimal oil.

Chaozhou cooking originated in the Chaoshan coastal region in southeastern Guangdong Province. It's a major school of Guangdong cooking, influenced by Cantonese style and techniques and by the richly flavored fare of its northeastern neighbor, Fujian Province.

The restaurant purchases all its seafood from Guangdong. All dishes are made without much oil, and dishes tend to be poached, steamed, simmered, braised or stir-fried.

The seafood porridge has more than 20 kinds of seafood, including crab, shrimp, lobster, scallop and eel. The porridge is stirred frequently while it is boiled so the rice stays clear but does not get sticky. It has a strong umami flavor.

Chef's picks: All seafood porridges, steamed squid, scalded sea whelk