China Gourmet Tour Series Part 2 – E-Spring Hotel’s Restaurant @ Cong Hua, Guang Zhou

When my friends heard I was going on a gourmet tour to China, everyone said ‘oh! then you’ll be eating all the exotic stuff like cockroaches etc’

Well….I didn’t exactly eat cockroaches. But I did eat some pretty exotic stuff! During the dinner at E-Spring Hotel’s in house restaurant, our first dish for the night was this…

E-Spring’s exotic dish

At first glance, I thought it was some sort of roasted pork. Then, Hugo Leung came over to our table and explained that the meat placed in the purple cabbage was snake meat!! The darker meats in the center was squirrel, and on the sides were crocodile meat!

I nearly fainted!! Everyone was surprised and somewhat alarmed. But, I told myself, yet again, I’ve traveled this far…. and so picked up a piece of each of the different meats. To my surprise, I actually liked the snake and crocodile meat! The snake meat had a slight springy taste which I didn’t expect. My palate was not quite used to the squirrel meat though. I found it rather ‘gelatinous’.

Our menu for the night… we were in for a lot of food!

E-Spring menu

The chicken with fresh ginger sauce dish was something we were much more accustomed to. I loved the freshness of the chicken spiced up by ginger, garlic and onions… Also loved the presentation of this dish. The way the chicken was laid out reminded me of the fictional phoenix.

E-spring chicken

Next up was yet another exotic and rather controversial dish – the ‘shui yu’ (turtle/terrapin meat) soup. I couldn’t bring myself to eat the ‘shui yu’. It was just too exotic for me. But I did try the soup which was very milky in taste.

E-Spring turtle soup

We were then presented with a simple tofu stuffed with meat dish and ‘yao mak’ (Chinese garden lettuce) vegetable.

E-Spring tofu dish

E-spring lettuce

Our next dish was an interesting fish dish. I’m not quite sure what fish was served, but it had a very silky texture, high in fat content.

E-Spring fish dish

Just as we thought that we’d be ‘safe’ from exotic dishes…we were then presented with stir fried crocodile meat! This time I did not hesitate to dig in! In fact it was so good, it disappeared quite fast. 🙂

E-Spring crocodile meat

Then we had yet another dish similar to padi chicken, which is called hasma.

E-spring tin kai

Finally we have the last savoury dish for the night… the ‘lap mei fun’ (waxed duck and sausage rice). This version came with a variety of grains and sweet potato.

E-spring rice

For dessert, we had an array of beautifully arranged fruits and deep fried glutinous rice cake.

E-spring dessert

E-spring fruit platter

All in all, one of the most interesting dinners I’ve had ever!

E-Spring Hotel is located in Glade Village, Jie Kou, Cong Hua, Guang Zhou, China.


  1. I like your China gourment part 1 food better. 🙂 Anyway, i have been enjoying your write up and sharing.

    Btw, can you please give me the uncle john durian contact at Balik Pulau? I am planning to go for durian feast this coming few weeks. Thanks.

  2. mandy – heehee thanks! already emailed you uncle john’s contact.

    precious pea – the dishes were good. really something different. don’t think i’ll be eating any snake or crocodile anytime soon here in malaysia! 🙂

    what2see – next time i hear of another gourmet tour, i let you know ok? 🙂

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