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World’s Oldest Chinese Restaurant – Ma Yu Chang’s Bucket Chicken House

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Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House (Chinese: 马豫兴桶子鸡; pinyinMǎ Yùxīng Tǒngzi Jī), located in Kaifeng, China, is by some accounts the world’s oldest restaurant. It allegedly opened for business during the in 1153 AD. Having survived numerous wars, invasions, and dynasty changes, it still offers takeout food.


Traditionally, “bucket chicken” is believed to originate from roast chickens sold in the markets of Kaifeng, when it was the capital city during the Song Dynasty. The Ma family began trading in bucket chicken in Nanjing, in today’s Jiangsu Province, after the Song Dynasty moved to the south.

In 1855, Ma Youren, a descendant of the original Mr Ma moved back to his ancestral home Kaifeng, bringing with him a bucket of the traditional sauce. There, Ma Youren established the “Ma Yuxing Roast Chicken Shop” in 1864, specializing in bucket chicken. In 1954, a branch store was established in Zhengzhou when that city became the capital of Henan province.

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