稻香村 (Dàoxiāngcūn) is a famous dimsum brand, founded in 1773 in Sūzhōu. The emperor of the Qīng Dynasty is known to have loved their snacks, and he wrote an advertisement plaque for them, promoting the brand - and of course everyone wanted to taste the emperor’s dimsum!
Products include meat dishes like barbecued pork, braised pig feet, sweet and sour spareribs, but just as importantly, sweet snacks like honey cake or pastries with crisp nuts, jujube, and red bean paste. Other treats include moon cakes for the mid-autumn festival, and leaf-wrapped rice-pudding for the Dragon Boat festival (Mingbai will be back with more on these!).
China’s perhaps most famous writer, 鲁迅 (Lŭ Xùn), wrote in his diary about going to the Dàoxiāngcūn in Beijing more than 10 times. This ALSO helped increase the brand’s popularity.
Gift culture is important throughout China, and fancily wrapped snacks are great gifts to give when visiting people.
Try one? And another one? And... Dàoxiāngcūn website