Plan Tianjin food culture tour? Tianjin Dining introduces Tianjin Food and Restaurants including Tianjin Cuisine, Restaurants in Tianjin, Tianjin Snacks, Tianjin Food Street, which can guide you what to eat in Tianjin, where to eat in Tianjin. Tianjin Dining is renowned at home and abroad, and not only its traditional snacks, but the local dishes. When you come to visit charTianjin, the traditional and famous snacks cannot be missed.
What to eat in Tianjin
Must-eat Tianjin Dishes
Tianjin's jar pork is famous for placing the pork in the ceramic jar. So far, it has two hundred years of history and is regarded as the most authentic Tianjin cuisine. The dish is very delicious. For people who like eating pork, they will love this dish.
Tianjin Preserved Vegetable(天津冬菜)
A type of pickled Chinese cabbage similar to the salt pickled vegetable (腌菜) of Guizhou cuisine, but the former takes much longer to prepare than the latter, usually half a year. Another clear distinction between the two is that instead of having two separate steps of salt pickling and then fermentation, the salt pickling and fermentation is combined in a single step that takes longer time. The Chinese cabbage is mixed with salt and garlic together and then fermented, which creates the unique garlic flavor/taste and golden color. In order to preserve the unique taste, Tianjin preserved vegetable is often used for soups and fish dishes or stir-fried and eaten.
Eight Great Bowls(八大碗)
The Eight Great Bowls, a combination of eight mainly meat dishes are every popular with Tianjin citizens. They can be further classified into several varieties, including the "rough" and "smooth" types. The "rough" eight great bowls consist of fried shrimp, boiled chicken and seared carp. The "smooth" eight great bowls refer to such dishes as fish fillet, boiled shrimp and Sichuan shredded meat. The eight great bowls are often served at banquets.
Four Great Stews(四大扒)
Four Great Stews (四大扒) actually refers to a very large number of stews, not just four, including chicken, duck, seafood, beef, and mutton. When you come to Tianjin, you shall have a taste.
More about Tianjin Cuisine
Local Snacks in Tianjin
Tianjin's snacks are even more attractive and unique that its dishes. It's worth trying the fried dough twists, ear-hole fried cake, and Goubuli stuffed meat buns, thin pancakes, fried dough sticks, rice-flour cakes, and so on.
Chatang is Tianjin's traditional snack. It is made of baked millet and glutinous millet flour. The soup is made by pouring boiling water into the mixed flour and then adding sugar or brown sugar. Traditionally, the water is boiled in a big copper pot whose spout is usually fashioned into a dragon's head. While making the soup, the skilled Chatang maker holds several bowls in one hand and pours the boiling water into them from a significant height.
Ear-hole Fried Cake(耳朵眼炸糕)
It derived its name from the narrow Ear-Hole Street in Tianjin's Beidaguan, where the shop selling it was located. This dish has a history of more than 80 years. It was introduced by a man named Liu Wanchun (刘万春), who peddled it on a single-wheel barrow from street to street. When his business prospered, he rented a room and opened Liu's Fried Cake Shop. Because the fried cake he made was of high quality, reasonable in price and had a special flavor, it soon became a popular snack.
"Goubuli" literally means "dog doesn't care". This snack was created in the late Qing dynasty by a man from Wuqing Country whose nickname was "Dog". At the age of 14, Dog left home and came to Tianjin, where he became an apprentice at a restaurant specializing in baozi. A diligent and honest young man, Dog eventually opened a shop of his own. As his baozi tasted better and had a unique flavor, they attracted an increasing number of customers. As time went by, his nickname became known far and wide. Later, people changed his nickname from "Dog" to "Dog doesn't care" because he was often too busy to speak to his customers. Today, with its main outlet located at Shandong Road, Heping District.
A snack of strong local flavor, Guobacai is a sort of pancake made of millet and mung bean flour. The pancake is sliced and cooked in the sauce made of sesame oil, chopped ginger, soy sauce, preserved beancurd and green onions. Guobacai is often served along with fried dough and sesame cakes.
Although plain in look, this queue-shaped fried dough is not easy to make. Each bar of dough is made with quality flour and then fried in peanut oil. The bars are usually stuffed with a variety of fillings, most often the waxy tasting sweet bean paste.
It is customary in Tianjin to eat Tanghulu on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The most popular tanghulu is made of hawthorn berry. Hawthorn berries have their seeds removed and are skewered on a thin bamboo stick, then dipped in hot syrup. When they turn cool, the stringed berries wrapped in crystallized sugar look like beautiful stone beans pungently sweet and sour. Sometimes, the hollowed hawthorn berries are filled with red bean paste, walnut and melon seeds. Today, in addition to hawthorn, a wide variety of tanghulu has been developed, including water chestnut, tangerine, apple, pear and crab-apple, etc.
More about Snacks in Tianjin
Where to Eat in Tianjin
- Guiyuan Restaurant(桂园餐厅)
Add: No. 101-103 Chengdu Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin District(天津市和平区成都道101-103号)
- Yimin Restaurant(益民餐厅)
Add: No. 120 Harbin Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区哈尔滨道120号)
- Tianjin Old Wharf(天津老码头)
Add: Inside Wudaomen, Shuishang Gongyuan East Road, Nankai District, Tianjin City(天津市南开区水上公园东路五岛门内)
Add: No. 61 Siping Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区四平同道61号)
Jiangsu Cuisine and Zhejiang Cuisine
- Huazhu Restaurant(华竹食府)
Add: No. 8 Guinan Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区睦南道8号)
- Grandma's Home(Nankai Joy City)(外婆家(南开大悦城店))
Add: 4F of South Area of Tianjin Joy City, No. 2-6 Nanmenwai Street(天津市南开区南门外大街2-6号天津大悦城南区4F)
- Qiyuan Fengshang(乾园风尚)
Add: No. 241 Xinhua Road, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区新华路241号)
- Xianglaishun Hui Restaurant(祥来顺回民饭馆)
Add: the opposite of Beipaifang, Antique Market, Shenyang Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区沈阳道古董市场北牌坊对面)
- Lideshun Xiaolao Restaurant(利德顺小老饭庄)
Add: North 300 meters of the Junction of Xima Road and Xiguan Street, Nankai District, Tianjin City(天津市南开区西马路与西关大街交汇口向北300米)
- Hongqishun Restaurant(鸿起顺饭庄)
Add: No. 20 Nanshi Food Street, Heping District, Tianjin City (天津市和平区南市食品街20号)
- Halal Huiweizhai(清真回味斋)
Add: No. 15 of Floor 1, Area 2 of Nanshi Food Street, Heping District, Tianjin(天津和平区南市食品街二区一层15号)
Hot Pot in Tianjin
- Hai Di Lao(Nankai District)(海底捞(南开区))
Add: Floor 3 of Renrenle Shopping Plaza, No. 78 Xihu Avenue, Nankai District, Tianjin City(天津市南开区西湖道78号人人乐购物广场3层)
- Lian Xing Cheng(连兴成)
Add: No. 72 Binjiang Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区滨江道72号)
- Sanxing Instant Boiled Mutton(Rong'an Street) (三兴涮羊肉(荣安大街店))
Add: No. 89 Rong'an Street, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区荣安大街89号)
Famous Food Streets in Tianjin
Nanshi Food Street(南市食品街）
Add: Southwest corner of the Junction of Shenyi Street and Rongye Street, Heping District, Tianjin City(天津市和平区慎益大街与荣业大街交汇处西南角)
Nanshi Food Street is located in Nanshi, the busiest section of the city's downtown area of Tianjin, China. It is a national, classic and palatial architectural complex. Nanshi Food Street looks like an ancient walled city enclosed by a circle of neat three-story buildings. There is a crossroad in the "city," and at the center of the crossroad is a musical fountain. The entire structure is covered with a glass roof. Even not tasting anything, one could be attracted by the buildings itself, which carry a kind of classical ethnic beauty. The green glazed roof tile, colored vivid pattern compel the admiration.
Zhongshan Food Street(中山美食街)
Zhongshan Food Street is located in Zhongshan Road, Hebei District, with convenient transportation. The shape of Zhongshan Food Street is relatively simple. At Zhongshan Food Street, you can feel relaxed, soothing and comfortable unlike the outside world. The taste of food at Zhongshan Food Street is also excellent, sweet but not greasy. Zhongshan Food Street has many regular customers. It is a good place for people to relax and relax.
Tianjin Ancient Culture Street(天津古文化街)
Tianjin Ancient Culture Street is located in the northeast corner of Nankai District. It is a national 5A level scenic spot. Tianjin Ancient Culture Street is committed to creating “Chinese flavor, Tianjin flavor, cultural flavor and ancient flavor”. The shops of Tianjin Ancient Culture Street also follow the Tianjin brand, create the concept of Tianjin flavor. There are nearly 100 old shops in the ancient culture street, which is the concentrated place of the old-fashioned shops in Tianjin. Tianjin's Goubuli Baozi, Tianjin Mahua, etc. are sold in Tianjin Ancient Culture Street.
Northwest Corner Hui People Snack Street(西北角回民风味小吃街)
The northwest corner Hui people snack street is located in the northwest corner of Hongqiao District. It is the largest Hui community in Tianjin. There are various shops and snacks on both sides of the street. The environment is clean and beautiful, the snacks are numerous. In front of the snack shops, there are long team who wait for buying the snack.
Five Great Avenues Food Street(五大道美食街)
Five Great Avenues is a truly unique cityscape in Tianjin City, together with over 230 buildings of all kinds from the architecture of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, etc. there are a lot of styled restaurants around this area. From western food, Tai food, to Guangdong cuisine and Tibetan cuisine, here offer a variety of special cuisine for you to choose from.
More about Restaurants in Tianjin
Tianjin Dining by Region
Xiangzishen in Heping District, Tianjin
Xiangzishen in Heping District Tianjin introduces the main attractions, Reviews, entrance tickets booking, The best time to visit, How to Get there, the highlights, facts, history, photos, weather, accommodation,...
Tianjin Old Wharf in Naikai District, Tianjin
Tianjin Old Wharf in Naikai District Tianjin introduces the main attractions, Reviews, entrance tickets booking, The best time to visit, How to Get there, the highlights, facts, history, photos,...
Yimin Restaurant in Heping District, Tianjin
Yimin Restaurant in Heping District Tianjin introduces the main attractions, Reviews, entrance tickets booking, The best time to visit, How to Get there, the highlights, facts, history, photos, weather,...
Qiyuan Fengshang in Heping District, Tianjin
Qiyuan Fengshang in Heping District, Tianjin...
Grandma’s Home(Nankai Joy City) in Nankai District, Tianjin
Grandma’s Home(Nankai Joy City) in Nankai District, Tianjin...
Huazhu Restaurant in Heping District, Tianjin
Huazhu Restaurant in Heping District, Tianjin...
Five Great Avenues Food Street in Tianjin
Five Great Avenues Food Street in Tianjin...
Northwest Corner Hui People Snack Street in Tianjin
Northwest Corner Hui People Snack Street in Tianjin...
Zhongshan Food Street in Tianjin
Zhongshan Food Street in Tianjin...
Nanshi Food Street in Tianjin
Nanshi Food Street in Tianjin...