Suzhou is recognised as Suzhou has been known as the ‘land of milk and honey’ and more than other areas of China, it is famous for its baked goods and sweet breads. Aside from this, you’ll find many sweet flavoured local dishes that are great for anyone who like to avoid spice! Aside from varied Chinese restaurants, you’ll find many places international food to satisfy your cravings.
Squirrel Fish (Song Shu Gui Yu): This fish dish, which got its name from its squirrel like appearance, is made by making the fish meat protrude outwards from the body. It’s covered in a sweet red sauce, which adds to the resemblance of a squirrel, and is one of Suzhou’s most iconic and popular dishes.
Steamed White fish: As its name implies, this fish is white in colour. It is a simple yet flavoursome dish that is usually prepared with shredded ginger with red and green pepper to create a good taste and aromatic smell.
Steamed Crab: The fat Yangcheng Lake hairy crab is a must-try Suzhou during September and October. This popular dish is usually steamed to retain the original flavor, and enjoyed with dipping sauce made of ginger, green onions and garlic.
Suzhou Noodles: Thin noodles are cooked in either a red or white broth and can be topped with various things such as chopped beef, braised pork, fired shrimps and fish. This is a very flavoursome noodle dish that’s popular across the country.
Suzhou has a lively social scene that many foreign expats enjoy. The Bookworm, is a famous bookshop, pub and cafe, selling English books as well as hosting conversation classes and its own summer festivals (Suzhoubury). Shiquan Street (十全街) aka Pub Street, is home to Jane’s Pub Bar and The Drunken Clam, both of which are popular expat spots. You’ll find many KTV’s (karaoke chain) around the city, which are a must-try for any newcomer to China. Other things to do in the evenings are a boat cruise on the Grand Canal, watch the local Kunqu Opera and head to Guanqian street for some late night shopping.