Waking refreshed after a short nap, the Missus decided that we should head out, and walk around a bit and perhaps grab some dinner. Traffic was pretty heavy, and the air quality started to reflect the congestion.
Along the way, the Missus found a fruit stand selling fresh Mangosteen........ which instantly became an obsession.
This stuff wasn't cheap by Chinese standards, in this case 20 Yuan per 500 grams.... close to $3 a pound. We ended up buying Mangosteen whenever we could find fresh, good quality fruits, in spite of the price.
In Hangzhou, history is everywhere.... you could be walking on a side street and find a monument.... we found this one near Xihu (Westlake).
This were the remanents of the original Hangzhou City Wall.
Fairly soon the question of dinner came up......... we wanted to try a few more Hangzhou dishes, but really didn't want to head back to Zhiweiguan again. While walking, the Missus noticed this restaurant.....
This little restaurant was doing some pretty good business with several large parties......
The young lady who waited on us was very nice and efficient....... the best service we encountered in Hangzhou. We ended up ordering quite a bit of food; I guess we didn't know how hungry we were as we finished just about everything.
I recall "Sandy" inquiring about West Lake Duck in an earlier post; I'm pretty sure she was referring to Hangzhou Jiang Ya - Hangzhou Duck. This restaurant's version looked like this:
I really didn't enjoy the Dongpo Rou at Zhiweiguan, and really wanted to try it again.
I really enjoyed this, the fat was silken, and the juicy meat very tender without being mushy. Though the Missus thought this was still too sweet, I enjoyed the sweetness and the rendered fat.... which tasted great over rice.... lots of rice.
Another dish we hadn't tried was the famous Xihu Cu Yu - Westlake Sour Fish. And since we were leaving the next morning, we had to order it.
Whoa...... the first thing that hit me was how sour this was. It was like someone placing a guillotine chokehold on me. A second later, the intense teeth wracking sweetness came through. It was a bit too much for us. The fish itself was excellent, moist and tender, cooked to perfection....... but man that sauce was like drinking vinegar laced with sweet syrup. We ended up removing the fish to a separate plate away from the sauce.
Arriving in Hangzhou just at the end of Bamboo Shoot season, we decided to see if they were available. The young lady told the Missus that they did have fresh bamboo shoots, but it wouldn't be as good as it was a few weeks earlier. Still we wanted to check it out.
When the dish arrived, I noticed the glaze looked much like the sauce used for the fish; but thankfully, it wasn't as sweet, nor as sour, and the earthy flavor of the shoots came through, as did the mild natural(thank goodness) sweetness of the shoots. This was delicious.
After dinner, the Missus needed something "sweet", I told Her She should've just had another order of that fish....... We ended up at, guess where? Yep, back at the multi-level monstrous Zhiweiguan. This time at one of the take-out windows at street level.
The Missus bought a couple of snacks.......
She really enjoyed this one......
The next morning we woke ready for our next city and caught a cab down to the bus station. Man, this place was busy. The ticket windows were somethings else...... doesn't it look like the betting window at the racetrack?
Hangzhou's bus station looked fairly new, and was relatively clean.
While sitting it struck me how difficult it would be to travel via bus if you didn't read Chinese, as there were no signs in any other language.
Suzhou was just two hours away.......