Suzhou is located near Taihu Lake, teeming with plums, apricots, loquats, waxberries, peaches and golden oranges. It provides rich raw materials for confection production. The confections were popular during the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280).
A famous traditional snack in Suzhou, pine nut and date cakes are made from sugar, eggs, oil and wheat powder. They are stuffed with nutlets, fruit flesh and pine nuts.
Crunchy sesame candy, including mainly crunchy rose-hemp candy, rose-lard candy and spiced-salt-lard candy, is the typical Suzhou pastry that made foldingly stuffed with steamed powder.
Suzhou dried bean curd with soy sauce can be served both as dessert and as dish for simple meals or banquets. It is a famed Suzhou speciality.
Whitebait, also called noodle dish, are mainly distributed in eastern Aisa. It has been one of the chief export aquatic proudcts of China.
There are many kinds of crabs. The freshwater lakes alone boast more than 20 species, one of the highlights of which is the golden-claw crabs of Yangcheng Lake.