Tianjin Food

Tianjin has a very famous food culture, and many people travel to Tianjin are expecting to taste the delicacies in Tianjin. The dining in Tianjin mainly includes river products and sea food. There are not only Tianjin cuisines appealing to refined taste, but also many unique snacks of particular flavor. It is a must for every newcomer to have a taste of different snacks and local dishes when visiting Tianjin.

Tianjin Cuisine

Tianjin cuisine has developed itself from the folk cook, by taking advantage of its geographic location. Tianjin is the sea retreat land, rich in fish, shrimps and crabs. Generally big bowls and plates are used to serve dishes. They are generally characterized by a bit salty but strong flavors.
There are several restaurants known for Tianjin cuisines, like Tianjin Fanzhuang, Tianyi Square and Bohai Sea restaurants, etc.

Tianjin Snacks

A great variety of delicious snacks in Tianjin are well-known and popular throughout China by their unique styles. Most Tianjin snacks use flour as their most important ingredient. Among the great variety of snacks, the most renowned are the so-called Three Unique Delicacies of Tianjin, which include Goubuli bao zi (Goubuli sttuffed buns), Shibajie ma hua (18th Street fried dough twists) and Er duo yan zha gao (ear-hole-like fried rice cakes). Besides, pancakes, tea soup, spiced beef jerky and fired chestnut with sugar are also special for every traveler. When strolling in the streets of Tianjin, you will certainly find your favorite one.

Goubuli stuffed buns with a history of over 150 years have now become the brand of Tianjin snacks. Made with half fermented flour and juicy filling, Goubuli stuffed buns are soft, fragrant and delicious, in the shape of chrysanthemums. In addition to Tianjin, the brand has opened branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other cities at home, as well as cities in the United States, Japan and Korea.

Fried dough twists are made very aromatic, sweet, crunchy and crisp. Each of the dough twists weighs about two or three pounds. They are appetizing in color and fancy in shape. What is more, they will not become soft within a long period of time.

The Ear-Hole Fried Cake is another one of the famous traditional Tianjin snacks. It has a history of 100 years or so. The cake is made of carefully leavened and kneaded glutinous rice dough. The filling is bean paste made with good-qualified red beans. The pastry of the finished cake is golden in color, crisp and crunchy, while the filling is tender and sweet with a lingering flavor. In 1997 it was named as the China famous snack by China Cuisine Association.

Where to Buy and Taste Tianjin Snacks

When dining in Tianjin, you will find the most time-saving way is go straightly to Nanshi Food Street, which not only serves Tianjin snacks of different kinds, but also belongs to the "Tianjin Ten Scenes". Along the street run nearly 100 famous restaurants, setting a variety of flavors in one place, including authentic Tianjin cuisine and snacks, major national cuisines, prestigious imperial cuisine, dishes in daily living style, Muslim cuisine and vegetarian diet, as well as all kinds of western food.

In addition to Nanshi Food Street, other famous food streets like Heping District Food Street and October Food Street have been enjoying the same popularity.

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Questions and Answers About Tianjin Food

saleh 2012-10-22
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any la mien stalls in tianjin?

Hi Saleh, there are many La mian stalls in Tianjin. Below are some recommendations in the city center:

1. He Wei Lamian (Haixin Square Branch)
Address: B1 Building, No. 188, Haixin Square, Jiefang North Road, Heping district.
Tel:(022)23198002

2. Lanzhou Lamian (Shuimu Tiancheng Brance)
Address: No. 25 Building, Longxi district

3. Malan La Mian (Xinkai Rd. Brance)
Address: No. 80 Hualong Dao, Hebie District

Nora Ou replied on 2012-10-23
FRED STEPHENS 2012-03-24
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WHERE AND WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE GOUBULI BAOZI RESTUARANT IN A FAMOUS SIDE STREET IN 1985. IT HAD A SMALL SHOP FRONT AND THERE WAS A DINING AREA UPSTAIRS.MOST OF THE CUSTOMERS PLACED THEIR ORDERS OUT IN THE STREET. IS THIS NOW THE FAMOUS CHAIN .I WOULD LIKE TO REVISIT THIS PLACE WHEN I COME AGAIN IN DECEMBER MARCH THIS YEAR. HOPING YOU CAN ANSWER MY REQUEST
Dear Fred, I am not sure the exact address of the restaurant you mentioned. However, I can tell you the oldest Goubuli Restaurant in Tianjin, maybe you can go and make sure that whether it is the one you are finding. The address is: 77 Shandong Road, Heping District (和平区山东路77号), and the telephone number is 022-27302540. Lynn Ye replied on 2012-03-26
Mohana Ganesh 2012-03-02
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Is vegetarian food available in Tianjnin? If so, please guide me.
Name: Bingdilian Vegetarian Restaurant 并蒂莲素食会馆 Average price per person: 87 yuan Address: Block B, 68 Changde Avenue, Heping District (和平区常德道68号B座) Tel: 022-23318629 Lynn Ye replied on 2012-03-09
lan may 2011-11-14
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Any nightmarket with many local foods that is famous at Tianjin?
Hello lan, you may go to Nanshi Food Street. Along the street run nearly 100 famous restaurants, setting a variety of flavors in one place, including authentic Tianjin cuisine and snacks, major national cuisines, prestigious imperial cuisine, dishes in daily living style, Muslim cuisine and vegetarian diet, as well as all kinds of western food. guest replied on 2011-11-15
RIKKI OOI 2011-01-11
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how to go to beijing from tianjin ? which train station?
Hi RIKKI OOI Our travel advisor is contacting with you. Thanks for your support. Nero Hou replied on 2011-01-11
Hi RIKKI OOI, You may take the high speed train from Tianjin train station to Beijing south station. It takes only 30 minutes. There are many trains going between Tianjin and Beijing. It is quite convenient. Grace Wang replied on 2011-01-12
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