Top 10 Dishes in Ningb
1.Crystal Sugar Turtle (Bingtang Jiayu)
Crystal Sugar Turtle, one of Ningbo top ten dishes, is also known as "Number One Scholar Turtle". It was sad that in the Qing Dynasty, two candidates of the Imperial Examination was on their way to Jincheng—main court of the Imperial Examination and during their stay in Ningbo, he ate this dish in a small restaurant and felt the dish was extremely tasty. When he asked for the name of the dish, the manager of the restaurant express his good wish for the success of these two customers, replied that the dish was called "Number One Scholar Turtle". Story goes that one of the candidates was a great success in the examination and became the Number One Scholar of the year. Thinking that it was the dishes that he ate in Ningbo that had brought him the luck, he came back and named the dish "Number One Scholar Turtle" and the restaurant "Number One Restaurant". Thus the dish has become well known far and wide.The dish is golden in color, tasty and nutritious.
2.Dry Fried River Ell (Guoshao Manyu)
The cooking of the dish is a complicated and skillful process: prepare a 0.5 kg ell, cook it until it becomes soft, remove the bones, and fried it with spices. The dish should be perfect in shape, golden in color, fresh and slightly sweet in taste.
3.Yellow Croaker with Sea Cucumber (Huangyu Haishen)
This nutritious dish is made of yellow croaker and sea cucumber. To prepare the dish, select a fresh yellow croaker, steam it and remove the bones, then cook it with slices of sea cucumber with seasonings. The dish is perfect match with wine.
4.Fried Lichen Cubes (Taicai Xiaofangkao)
This dish is made of fried slices of pork belly and lichen slices with seasonings of Shaoxing wine, sauce, red preserved bean curd and sugar. For its nice shape and color, this dish’s appetite and is best served to go with wine.
5.Goose Liver Fried with Veil Fat (Wangyou Bao'e'gan)
With a history of over 2000 years, this delicious and nutritious dish is prepared with fried goose liver with seasonings of spices, chopped scallion pieces, and paper powder.
6.Yellow Croaker Fried with Lichen (Taicai Tuo Huangyu)
This dish is made of fried yellow croaker with lichen powder, best served with vinegar.
7.Fried Yellow Croaker with Bean Curd Sheet (Fupi Bao Huangyu)
This unique Ningbo dish should be prepared with a very skillful cook though the process looks simple: wrap croakers with bean curd sheets, cut it into blocks and fry them until they turn golden. This dish is best enjoyed with vinegar.
8.Ningbo-style eel (Ningbo Shanyu)
The eel is divided into two or three parts , and cut into 5 cm pieces, with shredded ginger ,leek ,onion and Sesame oil. It tastes very great.
9.Steamed Chicken in Soup (Huozhong Quanji)
To prepare this nutritious dish, select a homebred hen, keep livers and heart in the belly, cook it for a while and steam it with slices of mushroom, edible tree fungi and bamboo shoots.
10.Great Croaker with Pickled Cabbage (Xuecai Dahuangyu)
This dish have unique Ningbo flavor, prepared with fried fresh yellow croaker and cooked with pickled potherb mustard—a special local vegetable and other seasonings.