What To Eat

Henan cuisine, also known as Yu cuisine, utilizes traditional cooking methods originated in the Shang Dnyasty with fresh seasonal produce. Yu cuisine is meticulously prepared, utilizing many innovative cooking techniques ahead of its time, such as frying, stewin, deep-frying and cooking on a skewer. Henan cuisine is characterized by its use of onions and seasonal produce. Although pork is the most popular meat, it is rarely used in soups, favored over by lamb and mutton. Thin wheat noodles are favored over rice and soups comprise a major part of Henan cuisine.

Luoyang Shui Xi

This is known as the Luoyang Water Banquet, a traditional feast served over one thousand years ago. One third of the courses consist of soup, hence its namesake.

Kaifeng Tao Si Bao

This traditional poultry dish, commonly referred to as the "Four treasure," uses chicken, duck, pigeon and quail. The quail is stuffed in the pigeon, stuffed in the chicken and finally the duck.

Shaolin Vegetarian Food

Named for the Shaolin Buddhist Monastery in Zhengzhou, Shaolin vegetarian food combines seasonal produce with staples such as bamboo shoots, mushrooms, soybean products and fresh fruit.

Kaifeng Chao Liang Fen

Deep fried bean jelly made from powdered mung beans, seasoned with soy, shallots, and ginger.

Yellow River Croaker

The fish is quickly fried and served with sweet and sour sauce baked in rice noodles.

Mashed Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are boiled then kneaded by hand until it reaches a smooth consistency.