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A colorful family style eatery, Shi Wang Fu is one of the destinations in the Shizi Qiao neighborhood. With a broad selection of local favorites, it specializes in Huaiying cuisine and just might be the place where visitors try their first bowl of duck blood soup.
Nanjing's only vegetarian Muslim restaurant has a long history. A family-style dining room features the friendly host and welcoming atmosphere. Featured dishes include five-spice marinated eggs and delicate bamboo shoots with mushroom. Especially recommended is the vegetarian goose su shao e. Uighur vegetarian cuisine, like Chinese vegetarian varieties, includes imitation meats that, while being one hundred percent vegetarian, are referred to by the meats they represent.
In a landmark building across the street from Confucius Temple, Kui Guang Ge is a legendary Muslim-style tea house. Its special role in Nanjing's history has been as a place of celebration -- Confucian scholars would come here to celebrate the passing of the Imperial civil service exam. Now, it retains a calm, positive atmosphere kept lively with the buzz of patrons as they sample tea and nibble afternoon snacks such as savory five spice beans or eggs. An Eight Excellence platter of snacks is a satisfying late afternoon meal. The staff speak some English and happily answer questions about Nanjing snacks and China's tea culture.