Culinary delights of Taizhou: Journey through spring flavors
updated on :0321, 2024

As spring gets underway, the promise of warmth comes not just from the blossoming of nature but also from the heartwarming embrace of the delectable cuisine of Taizhou city, located in East China's Jiangsu province.

Join us on a culinary adventure as we explore the soft and enticing world of springtime delicacies that not only satisfy the palate but also soothe the soul.


A yummy selection of freshly-steamed shaomai. [Photo/WeChat account: tztour]

Taizhou's shaomai tantalizes the taste buds with its unique blend of oil-infused glutinous rice, tender minced meat and fragrant shiitake mushrooms. With each bite, you experience the delightful resilience of the outer layer and the juicy burst of glutinous rice filling – a truly gratifying treat.


People just love soft, chewy qingtuan. [Photo/WeChat account: tztour]

Whether it's red bean paste, yellow soybean flour, or the sweet variety of sesame seeds, or the inclusion of dried bamboo shoots and pickled vegetables – or tofu in the savory option – each freshly steamed qingtuan delights with its vibrant green color, fragrant aroma and chewy, soft texture that captivates the senses.


A plate of delicious taro, made in Taizhou. [Photo/WeChat account: tztour]

Indulge in the allure of Taizhou's renowned taro, which once featured on A Bite of China – a documentary television series on the history and traditions of food, dining and cooking. Cooked taro releases an irresistible fragrance and a gentle bite engages the diner in a sticky, smooth and refreshing gastronomic experience. Its delicate, sweet taste and rich aroma make it an irresistible treat.

Sweet lotus root

Ever-popular sweet lotus root is a dish suitable for all ages. [Photo/WeChat account: tztour]

Taizhou's affinity for lotus roots is celebrated in its sweet lotus root dish, featuring crystal-clear pink slices that are crispy and irresistible. The combination of textures, from the crispy lotus root to the chewy glutinous rice, creates a symphony of flavors that leaves a lasting impression.

Red bean soup with rice balls

Always a favorite: Sweet red bean soup with rice balls. [Photo/WeChat account: tztour]

Red bean soup with rice balls is a common snack in Taizhou. The soft and tender red beans, combined with small rice balls without a filling and a sprinkle of osmanthus flowers, create a delightful aroma. A spoonful of this warm creation promises a memorable experience, with the dense texture of red beans and the chewiness of rice balls lingering on the palate.