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  • Good morning from beautiful Hangzhou, China

  • It's Trevor James

  • And I'm at the famous West Lake here

  • Today we're going for a full on food exploration of this city

  • I'm so pumped

  • Let's go check it out

  • Hangzhou was first described by Marco Polo

  • As the finest and most luxurious city in the whole world

  • So I came here to try the food

  • If you're looking for amazing scenery

  • A vibrant nightlife

  • And delicious food

  • You definitely have to come check out Hangzhou

  • It's one of the most modern cities in China

  • And people use their phones to pay for everything

  • Before breakfast

  • I started off my day with a scenic walk through West Lake

  • An ultra picturesque heritage site

  • Where locals enjoy dancing

  • Practice taiqi

  • And enjoy the numerous pagodas and gardens

  • And after some fresh air

  • I made my way to try some of Hangzhou's famous goutie potsticker dumplings on the streetside

  • 可以尝吗? I can try them out?

  • 你尝嘛,没事 Try them out, no problem!

  • 这个是你们的锅贴? These are your famous potstickers?

  • 对,锅贴 Yep, potstickers

  • Look at this

  • They are all brown and crispy on the outside

  • Look at that

  • Oh yeah

  • 很好吃的 They are really delicious!

  • 可以吧? You like them?

  • 真的好吃 Yeah they are really good

  • Look at the juice drip from it

  • 可以吃一个锅贴嘛? Can I please have one more potsticker?

  • 还有一个拌面加油渣可以吗? And one banmian noodles with deep fried pork fat?

  • 拌面加油渣是吗? Banmian noodles with pork fat?

  • Yeah

  • 还有一个锅贴 And one more potsticker please

  • 再要一份锅贴是吗? One more portion of potstickers?

  • Yeah

  • 等一下给你哈 Wait a minute and we'll get them for you

  • 可以用支付宝吗? Can I please use Alipay?

  • 可以 No problem

  • 多少钱? How much is it?

  • 12块钱 It's 12 yuan

  • You just scan it and pay with the phone

  • And we got the food

  • The goutie are so good

  • And then I also have a bowl of banmian here

  • With these deep fried pork crisps

  • You gotta mix those banmian up

  • It tastes like soy sauce with some noodles

  • They are so juicy, packed with flavour

  • And that crispy brown layer is really to die for

  • And after breakfast

  • I made my way out to the source of some of the best tea in China

  • The longjing tea terraces

  • I got really lucky when a local lady offered to show me around the plantations

  • And how to pick the tea

  • 我很期待看一看 I'm so excited to take a look

  • 这里太漂亮 It's too beautiful here

  • 这里太飘亮 It's really too beautiful

  • 太漂亮了哦 Yeah very beautiful

  • 很多茶叶! There's so much tea!

  • 这是杭州的茶? This is all Hangzhou specialty tea?

  • 这样采这样采 Yeah and you pick it like this

  • 在那边可以采茶吗? We can pick the tea over there?

  • 采采采 Yeah let's go pick some

  • 太好了 Amazing

  • 很多茶 There's so much tea!

  • 我没看过这么多茶! I've never seen this much tea before!

  • 我没看过 I've really never seen something like this

  • 你没采过啊? You've never picked tea?

  • 这里可以吗? Can we pick here?

  • This is so fun

  • 哦,这样? Like this?

  • Yeah

  • 这个是杭州特色的茶叶? And this is all Hangzhou specialty tea?

  • 对杭州的茶 Yeah this is our famous tea

  • 杭州茶叶 Oh Hangzhou tea leaves

  • 噢,这样采 Pick it like this

  • It's beautiful

  • 这个很好 This is really nice here

  • 一会儿我们可以喝一杯吗? We can try this tea out later?

  • 喝一杯,到我家去喝茶 Yeah we can go to my home to have a cup

  • 可以吗? Really?

  • 可以 For sure

  • 太好了 That's just great

  • 到我家去喝茶去 Yeah let's go drink some tea

  • 现在是70? How old are you now?

  • 76

  • 76真的吗? You're 76?

  • 我还骗你啊 Would I lie to you?

  • 还是有很多力气 And you have so much energy

  • 没问题 No problem

  • 你几岁了? How old are you?

  • 我28 I'm 28

  • 28

  • Yeah

  • 你当我儿子好不好? Do you want to be my son?

  • 这个不好这个不要采 Don't pick that, don't pick it like that

  • 这个好,把这个采一下 This is good, pick this stuff

  • 这个长大了,不好采 Those leaves are too big, don't pick them

  • 谢谢你 Thank you

  • 这是我的家里 This is my home

  • 你的家里很漂亮 Oh your home is very nice

  • 解下来吧 Untie your basket

  • 这个这个 Oh this?

  • 解下来不要了 You don't need it

  • 不用了 Oh ok

  • 这个是我的老伴 This is my life partner

  • 噢,老伴 Oh your partner

  • 请坐请坐 Please sit down

  • 可以吗? Is that OK?

  • 可以可以,坐坐坐 Please please sit down

  • 谢谢你 Thank you

  • 这个是? This is?

  • 龙井茶 Longjing tea

  • 请喝茶 Please have some

  • 谢谢你的茶 Thank you for the tea

  • 绿茶 It's longjing green tea

  • 好茶 Great tea

  • 很好很好 This is great

  • 你中文讲得很好嘛 Your Chinese is really good

  • 还好还好一般 It's just alright

  • 我听得懂 I can understand

  • 你听得懂吗? You can understand?

  • 听得懂 Yeah, I understand

  • 那就好 Well that's great

  • 他的中文讲得满好的 His Chinese is really good

  • 这个很好喝的很好喝的 This is so delicious

  • 这个对眼睛好明目 This tea is good for your eyes

  • It really was special to get to drink tea with this local lady from Hangzhou

  • And after chatting for another hour

  • I explored the green streets of Hangzhou by bike

  • In search of one of the most famous Hangzhou restaurants in town

  • Waipuojia, AKA Grandma's Home

  • I got so lucky and I even had a chat with the chef

  • 你好 Hello

  • 你好你好 Hello Hello

  • 很高兴认识你 Nice to meet you

  • 很开心来到这里吃杭州菜 I'm really happy to come here and try Hangzhou food

  • 杭州菜主要是什么味道的? What are the main flavours of Hangzhou cuisine?

  • 杭州菜主要注重的是清淡一点 Hangzhou cuisine is relatively clear and light

  • 清淡一点 Oh it's light?

  • 对,因为我们是个旅游城市 Yeah, because we are a travellers city

  • 外地来的游客也比较多 And there are many outsiders

  • 外地人来这里尝尝杭州菜? Oh so the travellers all come here to taste Hangzhou food?

  • 对,所以注重比较清淡点 Yeah, so we make it fairly elegant and light

  • 那我应该吃什么菜?杭州的特色菜,应该吃什么? So what shall I try? What are Hangzhou's special dishes?

  • 西湖醋鱼 Vinegar Xihu lake fish

  • 叫化鸡都是我的特色菜 And beggars chicken

  • 我听说还有红烧肉?对吗? I also hear your braised pork belly is good?

  • 对,还有红烧肉 Yeah that's really good

  • 四川的是麻辣花椒,杭州菜有什么特别的? If Sichuan has peppercorns and chilies, what does Hangzhou have?

  • 杭州菜的话就糖醋吧 Hangzhou mainly has sweet and sour

  • 糖醋? Sweet and sour?

  • 对,糖醋味比较多 Yeah, sweet and sour is a main flavour

  • 有点甜 A little sweet

  • 有一点偏甜,还有一点醋味,酸酸的味道 Yeah it leans a little bit towards sweet than it does sour

  • 酸和甜的 Oh a little sweet and sour

  • 对对对 Yeah

  • That sounds great

  • Right here this is the beggars chicken

  • It's cooked overtop of a lotus leaf and it's infused with a lot of spices

  • And it looks so tender

  • Over here, this is red braised pork

  • This is a Hangzhou specialty

  • Look at that

  • Look at that fatty layer of pork

  • With the lean layer underneath

  • And they give you these dried salted lake fish slices

  • This is doufupi

  • Tofu skin with vegetables

  • There is carrots

  • There is sprouts

  • There is mushrooms, wood-ear mushrooms

  • That looks good

  • This is cuyu, a Hangzhou specialty

  • Vinegar lakefish

  • This one is called Grandma's little beef

  • I really just want to go right in for this hongshaorou

  • Look at how fatty that is

  • Look at how fatty that is!

  • That red braised sauce

  • Oh wow

  • This is delicious because you have the fat mixed with the lean meat

  • And that red braised sauce is just bursting with flavour

  • 你好帅哥,味道怎么样? Hey handsome bro, how's the flavour?

  • 味道很好吃的 The flavour is really nice

  • 味道很好吃是吗? Yeah, it's delicious?

  • 嗯,这个红烧肉真的好吃 Yeah this red braised pork belly is awesome

  • 真的好吃啊? You really like it?

  • 有一点肥,有很多汁 Yeah it's a little fatty and it has so much juice

  • 那个红烧为什么这么好吃?用什么香料做的? Why is the red braised sauce so good?

  • 这个里面是我们直接用黄酒炖出来的,香料是没有的 We stew it in mulled rice wine and don't use a lot of spices

  • 没有放香料 We don't use many spices

  • 黄酒 Mulled rice wine?

  • 对,用黄酒炖出来的,里面放了笋干和清鱼干 Yeah we stew it in mulled rice wine and add bamboo shoots and salted lake fish

  • 噢,真的很好吃的 Wow, it's really good

  • And after chatting with the chef

  • I took a little walk around town and found another super special street food snack

  • Known locally as the pangzi shaobing

  • AKA the fatty flatbread

  • It's stuffed with fatty pork, chilies, and pickled mustard greens

  • Then rolled out flat and thrown in the clay oven

  • 你好 Hello

  • 这是你的特色的胖子烧饼对吗? This is your specialty fatty flatbread?

  • Yeah

  • 叫做胖子因为你要吃胖吗? Is it called fatty flatbread because it makes you fat?

  • 为什么叫作这个名字? Why is it called fatty flatbread?

  • 等一下胖子老板来了再说胖子老板马上过来 You can talk with the fatty owner in a minute and understand

  • 胖子老板,胖子的老板 Oh the fatty owner, I see

  • 谢谢你 Thank you

  • 很烫 Oh it's so hot

  • 好吃? Is it good?

  • 真的好吃 Yeah it's so nice

  • That is good!

  • Oh it's actually very spicy

  • 这个是我们中国的特色 This is a true specialty from China

  • 好吃胖子烧饼 The delicious fatty flatbread

  • 好吃,胖子烧饼 It's really a nice fatty flatbread

  • It actually tastes a little bit like pizza

  • Quite spicy and fatty and crispy

  • No cheese but that is super delicious

  • That is ultra good

  • 很开心认识你 Really nice to meet you

  • 胖子烧饼,特别好吃的 The fatty flatbread was so good

  • 好吃吧? You liked it?

  • 我刚吃了,很好吃的 Yeah I just tried it, it was great

  • 为什么叫胖子烧饼? Why is it called the fatty flatbread

  • 胖子烧饼啊?因为人长得胖,难看,所以就胖子烧饼 Mainly because I'm so fat and a little hard on the eyes, so I called it the fatty flatbread

  • 真的吗? Really?

  • 你在这里几年? How many years have you been here?

  • 做了很多年了,20多年了 I've been here a long time, more than 20 years now

  • 20多年吗? more than 20 years?

  • 哇,那个味道很特别 That flavour is really unique

  • 很特别啊? Unique flavour?

  • Yeah

  • It was super nice to hear the owners thoughts on the fatty flatbread

  • And after a good walk

  • I made my way out to a pre-dinner meal

  • Enjoying Hangzhou's must try soup dumplings

  • At the famous and packed our zhiweiguan

  • It's so busy here

  • There is nowhere to sit

  • We have some beautiful beautiful Hangzhou xiaolongbao

  • These are soup dumplings

  • Packed with soup

  • And the secret is

  • You gotta take a little bit out first

  • 那个是醋吗? Is that vinegar?

  • 醋醋 Yeah it's vinegar

  • 噢,醋,我加一点,谢谢你 Oh, vinegar, I'll add a little

  • You gotta add vinegar to your xiaolongbao

  • These are so beautiful I think I don't even need to take the soup out

  • Just go for a little vinegar

  • And go right in for the kill

  • And it pops in your mouth

  • These are hundun

  • Basically like wontons in soup

  • Looks like there is some seaweed in there and egg

  • Looks very clear and hearty

  • These are cats ears