Seafood is a must in Dalian
This is just a general tip because in Dalian there are many good Seafood restaurant. The problem, I am no expert so I just tell you what others said.
Before I went to Dalian I didnt eat seafood except fish. I am still no fan of it but if you like to eat seafood you should try it in Dalian.
I will try to get the name and the address of the Seafood restaurant as soon as possible.
below sheng li square,there is many stall there!!!: ma la tang
Ma La Tang is a sort of local snack. There're many small Ma La Tang restaurant in Dalian. In the sheng li suqare,basement,u can found there is many shop diwns there!You can choose many kinds of meat, vegetable, mushroom. And then the shopman mix them together with some soup. It tastes very delicious.
Favorite Dish: everthing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Zhuang Jia Yan: organic dishes, farmer style
This is the restaurant my uncle treat me everytime I visit DaLian, the name ZhuangJiaYuan means farmer's home, it's THE restaurant if you wanna try Northern Chinese style home cookings, and best of all, this is an organic restaurant, about everything comes from the owner's own ranch, make sure you try the chicken soup,
Favorite Dish: steamed balck corn,
farmer's soft tofu,
corn and millet porridge
corn porridge(cha zi zhou)
sauerkraut pork soup
wild mushroom chicken stew
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Qing Hua Yuan: World's best dumpling!
This is one of the two chain dumpling restaurant , the other one is DaQingHua, I've tried them both, the dishes are really similar, you can order all kinds of dumpling in this restaurant , boiled, steamed, fried, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, vege........ I really love the corn meal dumpling with vegetable filling, also the fried milk(zha xian nai),
Favorite Dish: fried milk, my love!
bayu fish dumpling,
corn meal dumpling,
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Williams Cafe: Central and nice
A must in Williams is the tartan tablecloths and the waitresses assorted dresses!
I just had a delicious Cappucino (16 Yuan - a little expensive but worth it) and a small plate of fried squid (10 Yuan).
They also do "real" meals, a bit on the pricy side for China but not too much.
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Normally, Huo Guo soup is divided into two parts: normal soup and spicy soup. So this kind of Huo Guo is also called mandarin duck Huo Guo.
You can put vegetables, beef, lamb, seafood, fish, bean curd, noddle... anything you like into the soup. Then put some seasoning... It tastes wondelful!
Guo Qiao Mi Xian
Actually this is a kind of snack from South China. There is a beautiful story about Guo Qiao Mi Xian.
Once in Yun Nan provice, there is a pretty girl loves a poor scholar. The girl's family is against she and the poor scholar. But the girl still loves the poor scholar and insists on bringing meal to him. One day, when she passed the bridge, she slipped up and then vegetables and meat on her hand just slipped into the boiled noddle pot. Then the girl tasted and thought very delicious. After that, this kind of noddle is call Guo Qiao Mi Xian. Guo Qiao means 'pass a bridge'. Mi Xian means ' rice noddle'.
Cate CIty of Xin Ma Te Shopping Center: Ma La Tang
Ma La Tang is a sort of local snack. There're many small Ma La Tang restaurant in Dalian. You can choose many kinds of meat, vegetable, mushroom. And then the shopman mix them together with some soup. It tastes very delicious.
Bing Tang Hu Lu
This is a kind of spcial sock in China. Normally it is made by hawkthorns. Outside the Hawkthorns is sugar candy. When you eat, you can feel sour and sweet at the same time. Sounds spcial, isn't it?
Now there are many fruits instead of Hawkthorns, like strawberry, banana, grape,yam( this is my favourite), Chinese goosebeery... many kinds of if u can image ^o^
"Xiao Fei Yang" - Little fat sheep.: A Chain restaurant.
This chain restaurant seems to be quite popular. I went to the 298th branch in Dalian. There are lotsa waiter and waitresses to serve you. You can choose between steamboat (huo guo) or ala carte (chao chai).
Favorite Dish: We tried the "qing tang" steamboat which is very nice. You can order vegetables, meat, seafood for the steamboat. And there are a few types of broth to choose from. The "yang rou" (lamb) is superb! The lamb are sliced thinly and cooked in the tasty boiling water in front of you, and the lamb are said to be imported from "nei meng" (Inner Mongolia). yummy... The thinly sliced lamb is juicy, tender and simply delicious.
Perhaps we will go there again to try the " ri ben fei niu rou" (Japanese fatty beef) - sounds and looks like Kobe beef to me.
For the soup, they also have "ma la tang" (super spicy soup). I dare not try it just in case too spicy for my tongue!
I like steamboat as I can cook whatever I want myself. Just add whatever you like into the boiling broth and then fishing it out from the broth, if you can find it. ;-)
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Sunflower: Where locals eat (Chinese and foreigners)
- there are lots of good ones but this was our favorite
- small neighbourhood restaurant
- friendly staff
- minimal decor, don't be fooled by this
- frequented by ESL teachers
- English menu, a little English spoken
Favorite Dish: sweet and sour pork - (goo bah row)
spicy chicken with peanuts
broccoli with garlic
best chow mien in Dalian
lots of great dishes
Ramada, Swiss Hotel: Hotel bars
These hotel restaurants and bars offer great food and international music entertainment.
Swiss Hotel - great Thanksgiving and Christmas buffets. Good hamburgers and desserts
Ramada - again great buffets
Favorite Dish: Buffets offering real turkey dinners for the holidays
After giving your stomach a chance to adjust to the new environment, try this very popular vendors - just make sure the food is cooked in front of you.
Some are there all day but most come out during the evening.
You will find them most commonly outside the big stores like Carrefour, Walmart and any other venue where something is happening that day
Favorite Dish: - BBQ kebobs - almost always lamb or squid, they sprinkle cumin and cayenne on them.
Some places you eat them there as they serve them on metal skewers that they want back, others use wooden skewers.
- Candies fruit on a stick - yum
- Crepe pancake - with an egg, green onions and optional hot dog cooked and then rolled up into a little bundle - not bad
- Hard to find, but I got addicted - (jaw gee leo)
- a small bag of deep fried, thin strips of chicken sprinkled with cumin and cayenne. There is a stall just outside the Beijing Street Market one block up from Huang He Lu
- Avoid the corn on the cob, after sitting, it becomes very starchy tasting
Samba BBQ: Brazilian BBQ - meat lover's dream
Nice decor, upscale
One price (about 65 RMB), all you can eat in 4 hours
Salad bar, buffet bar of veggies, rice, etc and then the waiters come around with long skewers of beef (all kinds of different cuts), chicken and you choose what you want to try
Spanish and English spoken, menu not needed
Favorite Dish: all wonderful
Don't know: Japanese Sushi
pit tables or regular
Japanese menu with pictures, some English spoken, manager/owner is (Canadian)
Favorite Dish: chicken kabobs
I personally don't eat sushi but hear it is done well