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Shenting Restaurant | Updated: 2012-11-28 14:23

Shenting Restaurant

Shenting means "Shen Manzo's House" and Shenting Restaurant refers to a restaurant located near the Fuan Bridge in the historic town of Zhouzhuang.

The hall is one of Zhouzhuang's most traditional and distinctive restaurants. It is said that the children of Shen Manzo, one of the town’s most eminent residents, used to receive guests there. Nowadays, the Shenting Restaurant has been extensively refurbished, while still retaining its simple and unsophisticated style.

When you enter the restaurant, it feels like visiting a family’s waterside home. The restaurant has two floors, which can hold over 400 people to dine at any one time. The first floor is a banquet hall, the second floor has two sections connected by an overhanging building. The eastern part is a stateroom featuring refined decorations and comfortable surroundings, whilst the western part is set by the waterside, nestling in the light and shadows of the river and the bridge - the very essence of any water town.

Dining in Shenting Restaurant

The "Manzo family banquet", a specialty of the Shenting Restaurant, is designed to satisfy any appetite.

Three-taste tiny meatball:

This food is commonly referred to as “gluten in soup.” It is filled with minced chicken and pork, covered by gluten, and boiled in chicken stock. It features thin pastry, tender meat, snacks and tasty soup all in one pot.

Manzo pork leg:

There is a saying, regarding the legendary businessman Shen Manzo, that “as long as Manzo receives his guests, there will be pork legs.” Pork legs have since became a classic choice for Zhouzhuang people when receiving guests. The chosen pork leg is braised with a gentle heat. Crisp but not overcooked, fatty but not greasy, the color of the dish resembles crystalline agate, whilst its aroma is all-pervading. The food is said to be good for both the old and the young.

Preserved vegetable amaranth:

This is true water town staple. When the rapeseed matures, the locals pick off its fresh leaves, wash them and then dry them. Then they preserve the leaves in a bottle, which is subsequently sealed with special leaves and yellow mud. The bottle is then placed upside down in a pottery basin. After several months, when stripped of the leaves and mud, a fresh fragrance will greet the would-be diner. The food can then be eaten on its own or cooked with other dishes.

Tel for information and ordering: 0512-57211848

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