Ba Da Wan (literally, “eight big bowls”)
Among the traditional dishes, Ba Da Wan (literally, "eight big bowls"), is always very popular.
Created by the Manchu people, Ba Da Wan dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The dish enjoyed its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). Ba Da Wan includes eight large bowls of mutton, chicken, beef, pork, fish and vegetables cooked by stir-frying, steaming, stewing and baking.
Later, the original ingredients in these eight bowls were replaced with others depending on where they were served, often by local specialty. Different places in China developed their own Ba Da Wan and now there are about 12 versions.
Zhuxi Ba Da Wan uses pork, chicken, tofu, vermicelli as the main ingredients, along with eggs, Chinese cabbages and so on.