Hubei cuisine

Hubei cuisine
Chinese 湖北菜
E cuisine
Chinese 鄂菜

Hubei cuisine, also known as E cuisine, is derived from the native cooking styles of Hubei Province in China. Hubei has been known as the province of thousands of lakes since ancient times, the land of fish and rice, rich in various freshwater fish and aquatic products, many of which are unique to Hubei. Like the fish growing in the Yangtze river back fish, growing in the Yangtze tributary Qingjiang fish, more thorns less meat, tender meat, all for the top of the aquatic products. It is very suitable for braising, steaming, steaming and rinsing. Wuchang fish 武昌鱼 [1] with a long history is more famous at home and abroad.


Hubei cuisine has a history of more than 2,000 years. The names of dishes and cuisine styles can be found in ancient literature such as Chuci of Qu Yuan.


As Hubei has plenty of lakes, rivers and marshlands, freshwater produce are used as major ingredients in the local cuisine. A key ingredient that is found within many Hubei-style dishes is the lotus root.[2]


Hubei cuisine emphasises on the preparation of ingredients and the matching of colours. It specialises in steaming techniques. Its style is influenced by the cooking methods of the cuisines of neighbouring provinces such as Sichuan and Hunan. As a result, Hubei cuisine also uses dried hot pepper, black pepper and other spices to enhance the flavour of dishes.

Hubei cuisine comprises three distinct styles:

  • Wuhan style, which specialises in soups. Wuhan is also known for its noodle dishes, such as hot dry noodles[3]. Additionally, Wuhan is famous for its dry pots, which are similar to hot pot but without the soup base.[4]
  • Huangzhou style, which is more oily and tastes more salty than the others.
  • Jingzhou style, which specialises in fish dishes and uses steaming as the primary method of cooking.
  • Miao people style, which tastes thick, with the sour and hot most outstanding. It's in the southwest of Hubei province.

Poultry dishes

EnglishTraditional ChineseSimplified ChinesePinyinNotes
Three-Delicacy Dried Bean Curd Sheet三鮮豆皮三鲜豆皮sān xiān dòu pí
Hot Dry Noodles熱幹面热干面rè gān miàn
Fish Cakes and Ball魚糕丸子鱼糕丸子yú gāo wán zi
Mianyang Three Kinds of Steamed Food沔陽三蒸沔阳三蒸miǎn yáng sān zhēng

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