Traditional Nanjing cuisine is known as Su cuisine and is notable for the emphasis placed on original flavor and carefully selected raw ingredients. Nanjing dishes are traditionally bright in color and use only a moderate amount of seasoning but a significant amount of oil.

Duck Blood Soup (鸭血粉丝汤)
The name of this dish may sound odd to foreigners who might wonder how the blood and soup is combined. Actually Chinese people do eat the blood of duck, goose and chicken but in a unique way. They collect the blood of a freshly killed duck or goose and stir, then seal and refrigerate until ready to use. The result is blood cakes. The soup is seasoned with salt, pepper, and subtly spicy undertones. Simmer gently for several minutes and serve with eggs, noodles and caraway. This food is the top of all travelers' recommendations. The cheap stalls at Fuzimiao dining street sell the best at RMB3.5.

Shredded Bean-curd Sheets (干丝)
A refreshing cold dish made of Bean-curd sheets. The bean-curd sheets are cut finely into threads with seasoning of sauce, sesame oil and vegetables shreds of bamboo root, mushroom, chicken or meat. It has fine shreds and a tender taste. It can also be boiled in broth and served with other meat shreds.

Salted Soup Duck (咸水鸭)
Autumn in Nanjing is a season of scented osmanthus blossom and the best time to make the delicious Salted Soup Duck because ducks at this time are fat. The chef chooses well-bred ducks and smears salt and spice on them to add flavors. The spice ingredients are a secret. Then the spiced ducks are marinated in a sauce for two hours. Just before eating, the ducks are steamed. It should taste fragrant, crisp and tender.

Fried Beef Dumplings (牛肉锅贴)
They are what they sound like – Oily but delicious fried beef dumplings.  Perhaps this dish is not native to Nanjing but some will swear that the fried beef dumplings in Nanjing are the best.

Zhuangyuan Beans (状元豆)  
Zhuangyuan Beans are not only a Nanjing specialty but are even specifically called a Confucius Temple specialty.  These are large beans that are baked with various types of seasoning.  There are many flavors, some of which are a bit over the top so ask for a sample before buying so as to assure you get a flavor that you like.

Crawfish (麻辣小龙虾)
A big bowl of spicy crawfish is a meal on its own.  It is often complimented with some small snacks or thin bread.
Crawfish can be found year long, but the large fresh ones can usually only be found between May and October.  It can be bought in grocery stores and restaurants.  Indeed, some restaurants only sell crawfish.