If only one food qualifies to represent Suzhou, it must be the Suzhou-style Noodle Soup. Starting its business with noodles over 200 years ago, Songhelou, a prestigious local brand in Suzhou, has grown into a classical icon representative of food culture in the areas to the south of China’s Yangtze River.
As for the Songhelou Suzhou-style Noodle Soup, the noodles slip into a bowl of soup that is as clear as the jade, looking like the crucian back. The Noodle Soup is served with a wide range of toppings, including spiced duck, braised pork, and shrimp meat. Most notably, the soup base comes in many varieties: well-boiled whole chicken, whole duck, chicken bones, pig bones, monopterus albus bones, among others. It is no exaggeration to say the Songhelou Suzhou-style Noodle Soup is a museum of Suzhou-style noodles.
A bowl of delicate noodles, served with delicious red and white meat and vegetable soup, and paired with finely-made toppings, alone, constitutes a feast out there in Suzhou, waiting for you to come and have a taste.