Huaiyang cuisine and breakfast tea make up the food culture in Yangzhou. The city was designated in 2019 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, making it the fourth city in China to win the title after Chengdu, Shunde and Macao.
Starting in the Shang Dynasty, Huaiyang cuisine developed quickly, especially during the Qing Dynasty, and became famous among the various Chinese cuisines. For a long time, Yangzhou has had an established food culture. Its famous dishes include Yangzhou fried rice, braised pork balls in brown sauce, braised pork knuckle and more.