Fuzhou Cuisine


Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian, the province in southeastern China where the vast majority of Chinatown's immigrants come from (especially in the Eastern half of the neighborhood). Fujian’s geography includes mountains in the north and the sea to the south, hence the cuisine includes both mountain delicacies like bamboo shoots and many varieties of mushrooms/fungi, and seafood ranging from fish to shellfish to squid and cuttlefish. Red rice wine and shrimp sauce feature in many dishes. In general, Fujianese food is slightly sweet and sour, and less salty than other Chinese foods. Fujianese also love both fishballs and soup, so one of the most classic dishes to order is a bowl of fishball soup on Eldridge Street, a.k.a. Fishball Alley.

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