Time-honored restaurant returns home to serve Hunan people

Editor:Sharon Lee
Updated:2018-03-30 10:19:16

  Time-honored brand Tianrantai has recently returned to Changsha, Hunan province capital, presenting locals with a genuine taste of their very own Hunan cuisine on March 28, according to media reports.

  Established in 1908, Tianrantai was once situated opposite to the Hubei Guild Hall at Yutang Street, according to local expert Chen Xianshu. The restaurant is famous for serving traditional Hunan cuisine.

  Hunan cuisine, also known as Xiang cuisine, is one of the top eight Chinese cuisines and is renowned for its spicy flavors, fresh aromas and striking colors.

Time-honored restaurant returns home to serve Hunan people

  This century old newspaper displays news on the original opening of the time-honored Tianrantai Restaurant in 1908. [Photo/icswb.com]

  Common Hunan cuisine cooking techniques include stewing, frying, pot-roasting, braising, and smoking. The cuisine has been constantly improving as chefs have tried to stun dinners by making technical and visual innovations on traditional Xiang dishes.

  "The new Tianrantai, based on Xiang cuisine, makes bold trails by integrating several new flavors and cooking techniques, hoping to refresh the public's image of the brand", said Wang Zhengrong, president of Teppanyaki Xiang, investor and big player in Hunan's catering industry.

  Covering an area of 2,500 square meters, the newly opened restaurant features both ancient and modern architecture styles, presenting a good opportunity for diners to appreciate Hunan culture whiling enjoying delicious food.

Time-honored restaurant returns home to serve Hunan people

  The newly opened Tianrantai Restaurant features both ancient and modern architecture styles. [Photo/icswb.com]

  Changsha is the cradle of Xiang cuisine and home to various famous restaurants along its streets, including Yulongdong (or Jade Palace) Restaurant at Qingshiqiao Road (now Jiefang Road), and Tianrantai at Yutang Street.

  In recent years, Hunan cuisine has appeared in many countries and regions, and Changsha catering industry recorded a year-on-year increase of 10.1 percent at a total revenue of 41.38 billion yuan ($6.57 billion) in 2017.