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A clay pot of Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall) (Ms Lambie)

Fujian Cuisine at the Tai Hing Restaurant

A taste of Fujian cuisine can be found in this Hong Kong eatery

By SZ Eats Staff on August 8, 2013

FUTIAN - of all the “Eight Cuisines of China” (Cantonese, Sichuan, Huizhou, Shandong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Hunan and Zhejiang), the most elusive in Shenzhen may perhaps be Fujian cuisine.

While definitely not the hardest to find, the demand for Fujian cuisine may stem from one of its most mysterious dishes: Buddha Jumps over the Wall.

According to Chinese folklore, the name originates from a story about a Qing Dynasty scholar who traveled by foot. In order to prepare for his journey, he preserved all of his food inside a clay jar used for storing wine. When mealtime arrived, the scholar would heat the jar over an open fire.

Upon his arrival to Fujian (the origin of the dish’s name and possible evolution), the scholar began to heat the dish. The smells spread to a nearby Buddhist monastery. Although monks are not allowed to eat meat, the smell was so tempting that one of the monks apparently jumped over the temple walls to find the source of this alluring aroma. A poet cleverly joked that “even Buddha would jump over a wall to eat this dish”!

Buddha Jumps Over the Wall (or 佛跳墙, pronounced “Foe Tiao Chang” in Chinese) is a combination of many ingredients, including shark fin, quail eggs, bamboo shoots, scallops, sea cucumber, abalone, chicken, ham, ginseng, mushrooms and taro root.

Although one could definitely find a helping of BJOW (Shenzhen Eats likes to call the dish “Bee-Jow”) in many high-class restaurants, the price is usually high and requires at least several hours in advance for preparation.

While we highly recommend trying the authentic version, we can’t help but suggest heading to a Tai Hing restaurant, as this Hong Kong establishment also prepares a more conveniently modified version of the dish.

The dish is under 200元 and can feed at least 3 people. If you’re in Futian, you can find a nice Tai Hing restaurant located at Xiang Lin Road near the famous Merchant Bank tower in the center of the city. Enjoy!

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Dong Hai Garden, Phase 2, 12, Xiang Lin Rd.

太兴餐厅(东海坊店)地址

香林路东海花园二期12号

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Tai Hing Restaurant (Dong Hai)

Tai Xing is a Hong-Kong themed restaurant that specializes in modern takes on traditional Cantonese and other Chinese dishes.

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Seating Capacity: 30-50
Price per Diner: 45-65元
Operating Hours: 10:00-21:00

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