Like Tsui Wah in Hong Kong, Kuiyuanguan (奎元館) is one of those restaurants where you will find in a guide book for Hangzhou. The shop was first established in 1867 and is known as the Noodle King of South China. Their signature dishes include noodles with quick-fried eel shreds and shelled shrimps (虾爆鳝面) and Pian Er Chuan (片儿川 ), noodles made in spiced soup with lean pork, bamboo shoots and a local vegetable called Xue Cai. Too bad I did not get a chance to try them as I only found out those are their signature dishes afterwards. However, I did try their prawn noodles and I have to say it is a pretty good deal for a bowl of RMB 30 noodle. Most dishes on the menu are under RMB 30. Other than noodles, they also have a selection of appetizers.
Kui Yuan Guan, Wenhui Branch, 348 Wenhui Rd.
Kui Yuan Guan, Jiefang Branch, 154 Jiefang Rd.