One Hundred Years of History-Wuxi “ShenYu Meat Village”
Mr. Wang Yunqing, a native of Tangxia in Northeast of Wuxi County, entered the city to do business in the late Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty. He successively opened the “Ruichang Pig” in Jiangjianzhu, “Shengchang Fuqinji Meat Farm” under the Lianrong Bridge in the north gate, and Dahechi The meat dumpling stall in the vegetable market, the “Heping Garden Restaurant” beside the Shengli Gate, sells both raw and cooked ham and sells ham. Later, I saw that Wuxi has convenient transportation, numerous tourists, and a bright future for meat and bone business. It was in the city center in 1925. A new Sanfeng Bridge was built. Wang Yunqing was once instructed by an expert to open a butcher shop here. He was also inspired by the idea of ”conscientious and cautious” at that time. He was named “Shenyu” in July 1927. The grand opening of Sanfeng Bridge.
At the beginning of the opening, legend has it that the eight immortals Lu Chunyang went to the world to help the gods, and they got a thick and long sauce. The meat and bones of Shenyu originated from this juice and became the secret recipe passed down by the ancestors. The celebrity chefs Cai Xinggen and Wang Alin took the best of the North and South cooking methods at that time. The products are red sauce, fragrant, crispy and unique in flavor. The sales volume exceeds 2 tons per day, leading their peers to become one of the best in the south of the Yangtze River.
The two generations of Wang’s proprietors continue to reform and innovate, strive for perfection, and have stood the test and made their bones unique. After the Wuxi industrialists Rong Zongjing and Rong Desheng; the marshal Zhang Xueliang; the marine celebrities Huang Jinrong, Du Yuesheng, Tian Han, Hong Shen, Zhou Yibai, etc., the poems and lyrics of dignitaries, merchants and celebrities, consumption and tasting, once popular in the north and south of the Yangtze River For over a century, he was known as the “king of meat and bones.” Wang Yunqing was promoted to the chairman of the Su, Xi, and Chang Meat Industry Associations. Wuxi Meat Bone also became a famous specialty in Wuxi because of Shenyu’s fame. After the liberation, the enterprise developed in competition, and the sauce ribs won many awards. In 1956, a public-private joint venture was renamed Sanfengqiao Shenyu Meat Farm, which was subordinate to a food company. In 1971, the meat and bones of Shenyu Rouzhuang were cooked by the third-generation chef Wang Jubao and others, and exported to Hong Kong up to 735,000 catties. During the Cultural Revolution, the four old houses were renamed “Lixin Meat Shop” (reserved the name of Shenyu Rouzhuang), and in 1983 it was changed to “Sanfengqiao Meat Shop” (the name of Shenyu still remained until the end of the 1990s).
In 2001, Mr. Wang Guohua, the third-generation successor of Shenyu, did everything possible to buy back and register the “Shenyu” ancestral brand. On September 28, 2003, he cooperated with the famous restaurant Wuxi Roast Duck Restaurant in the original location of Long Duplicate, and hired Shenyu’s fourth-generation leader. Chef Shigao has established a modern food processing plant. Over the past few years, Shenyu Meat Farm has developed more than 130 varieties in three series: vacuum, fresh-keeping, and fresh-cooked products, and passed the QS food quality and safety market access certification. Its products cover all over the country and major supermarkets, stores, airports, stations and Hotel hotel. Shenyu’s “Family Portrait” brand cooked food gift box and “Meigong Mooncake” are in short supply in the market. Its sales rank among the best in the city. Its social reputation is growing day by day, and its economic benefits continue to grow. Shenyu Sauce Pork Ribs ranked first in the peer evaluation in the city. It is a recommended product by the Municipal Consumer Council and has been named a “time-honored brand-name product” by the Wuxi Municipal Government’s quality leadership editor.
In the 11th China Food Expo in June 2004, he was awarded the highest honor “National Gold Award”. Shenyu Rouzhuang was also rated as a Wuxi City Credit Enterprise and Wuxi City A-level Contract and Trustworthy Enterprise, and was honored as “National Honesty Unit” Honor Roll. Shenyu’s ultimate business goal is to “create a famous brand in China and enter the international market.”