Dalian has an ideal seawater environment to produce a variety of rich nutritious marine products including fish, prawns, crabs, shells, echinus, sea cucumbers, abalone and algae and so on. Therefore sea food is undoubtedly king of the Dalian's dining scene.

 

What to eat?

Stir-fried Prawn
Gutted prawns stir-fried with ginger, spring onion and spice, and then stewed on a low heat. The finished prawn should have a bright appearance, like a red flower. It tastes fresh and tender.

Steamed Sea Bream
This is a very famous Shandong cuisine. Sea Breams are steamed with ginger, spring onion, mushroom, ham pieces and bamboo shoots for fifteen minutes. It is a favorite dish served with wine.

Lantern-shaped Steamed Abalone
Shelled abalones are elaborately cut into the shape of lanterns and steamed with the seasonings of shallot, gingers and salt for seven minutes. The finished dish should keep the fresh flavor of abalone. It is usually served with simmering shellfish soup.

Men Zi
This is a traditional snack in Dalian. It is a protein-rich food. Pachyrhizus (something like potatoes) is cut into pieces and fried on a pan to create a crisp cover. A mixed seasoning of smashed garlic, sesame, and sauces is added on eating. Many small food stalls provide this. Packed Men Zi can be found on most supermarket shelves in the city.

Salted Fish and Corn Pancake (Yan Xu Bing Zi)
This title actually refers to two things: the baked salted fish is served with a kind of crisp corn pancake. Legend goes that fishermen going out fishing in the morning couldn't return home to have lunch and so they baked the fresh fish to eat with the pancakes, the habit being passed down from generation to generation from the early days.

 

Where to eat

  • Wanbao Seafood City
    Address: No. 125, Tianjin Jie, Zhongshan District
  • Shuangshengyuan
    Authentic century-old seafood restaurant; a good place for a friends' get-together, Salted Fish& Corn Pancake
    First Branch: No. 1, Anle Jie, Zhongshan District
    Second Branch: No. 643, Huanghe Lu, Xigang District 
    Third Branch: Qinjian Jie, Zhongshan District
    Four Branch: No. 71, Anshan Lu, Shahekou District
  • Tian Tian Yu Gang
    Tian Tian Yu Gang is a locally well-known chained restaurant brand, renowned for their seafood. The service in different branches may vary a little.
    First Branch: No. 72, Tianjin Jie, Zhongshan District
    Second Branch: No. 41, Yan'an Lu, Zhongshan District
    Third Branch: No.10, Renmin Lu, Zhongshan District
    Fourth Branch: Minzhu Square
    Fifth Branch: No. 45, Tongtai Jie
  • Pinhailou
    It is elaborately decorated in blue with designs of the world's oceans on the walls. The service is considered to be one of the best of the seafood restaurants in the city.
    Address: No. 46, Er Qi Square, Beidou Jie
  • Bangchuidao Hotel
    A seaside restaurant in the southeastern coastal area provides fresh scallops, abalone served with mustard juice.
    Address: No. 1, Yingbin Lu, Zhongshan District
  • Wanfulu
    It is on the 3rd floor of Wanda International Hotel providing a buffet of a variety of local seafood.
    Address: 3rd floor of Wanda International Hotel at No. 539, Changjiang Lu, Xigang District
  • Jinshitan Chunni Restaurant
    Address: Jinshitan Scenic Area