Running a successful teahouse in Guangzhou is a pursuit of perfection, since everyone in Guangzhou seems to be a cook or a food critic (whether they prepare food in their own home or in a Michelin-starred restaurant). A traditional Chinese expression says, "Competent cooks can make a thousand delicious meals, while a poor cook kills your appetite with one dish." Shui Mu Lian Qing chefs are clearly of the former variety. And the Shui Mu Lian Qing, or "Lotus in Water" Teahouse has made its reputation by putting a twist on traditional Cantonese snacks.
The green tea egg tarts are particularly popular; a simple but unexpected variation of the classic snack. Another treat, the durian pastry, is delicately shaped like a lotus root with sweet durian cream that bursts out on the first bite. The flavor and smell of durian may not be to everyone's liking, but the Shui Mu Lian Qing chefs specially prepare it to accentuate the sweetness while downplaying the odor.
Tea flavor is a key element of the house cuisine. Even dumplings can be filled with fragrant oolong tea, alongside minced pork and vegetables.
The massive teahouse is beautifully decorated in a classical Chinese style. Paper lanterns, a carved wooden dome ceiling, and antique style wooden armchairs contribute to the elegant-slash-gaudy atmosphere.
Several environments are available for banquets, buffets and weddings, in addition to the ever popular ordinary breakfast. Although the restaurant is impressive, its prices can be quite reasonable. 70 yuan per head is enough to eat your fill.
Address: No. 27-29, Liuyun 6th Street, Tianhe South Second Road, Guangzhou