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Harbin Feature Food

Influenced by Russian culture and minorities (Manchu, Daur, Khalkhas ect.) diet and culture, Harbin diet is the typical and classic Dongbei foods in China, but also fairly exotic with authentic Russian meals.

Typical Dongbei foods today include various dumplings and stewed dishes. The authentic stewed dishes are famous for its big amount of food in big plate and heavy taste. The famous dishes are Stewed Chicken with Mushrooms, Sautéed Potato, Green Pepper and Eggplant, Stewed Pork with vermicelli, Quick-Boiled Pork, Cold Sheet Jelly in Sauce, Sweet and Sour Pork, Stewed Pork and Blood Sausage with Pickled Cabbage and so on.

The founding of Russian foods in Harbin mostly effected by the unique geography and colonial and immigrate culture in later 19 century and early 20 century. Here, tourists can take unique cuisine in Russian style with bread, sausage, stroganoff, caviar and potato. 

Sweet and Sour Pork (in Chinese: Guo Bao Rou 锅包肉)
Sweet and Sour Pork is a classic dish in Dongbei cuisine with golden yellow color and crispy skin and tender pork muscle, sour, sweet and fresh. High quality pork muscle is the main material of this dish. Firstly, souse the pork and then cup with potato starch, boiled the pork in a pot with sour and sweet juice. After few minutes, the dish is well done. The dish originally created by a chef of Mr. Zheng Xingwen in early 20 century. In order to cater to the sweet and sour flavor of Russia officer, Mr. Zheng reformed the traditional Chinese dish Stir-Fried Sliced Pork in sweet and sour flavor and named as “Guo Bao Rou” in Chinese.  
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Stewed Pork and Blood Sausage with Pickled Cabbage (in Chinese: Sha Zhu Cai, 杀猪菜 )
Sha Zhu Cai is an original local stewed dish which all households will prepare for the approaching of New Year in countryside of northeastern China. In early winter morning, village will get up and butcher pig, making blood sausage. Then cut the fresh port in large pieces, stew them in pot, adding the pickled cabbage and blood sausage. Nowadays, Sha Zhu Cai has become a classic dish in common day; tourists can find and taste this dish in most local restaurants. 
Sautéed Potato, Green Pepper and Eggplant(in Chinese: Di San Xian地三鲜)
This dish is also one of the famous local foods in Dongbei cuisine. The main materials are potato, green pepper and eggplant. The dish is full of sauce flavor, salt and delicious.
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Modern Ice Sucker(in Chinese: Ma Die Er Bing Gun马迭尔冰棍)
Modern Ice Sucker is famous characteristics of cooler in Center Street of Harbin. It is sweet but not greasy, cool and in unique smell. There are only two flavors ice sucker. Tourists can purchase them in Modern store.
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Recommended restaurants for your reference:
1.Old Kitchen Restaurant (in Chinese: Lao Chu Jia 老厨家)
It is an authentic northeastern cuisine restaurant, located nearby Central Avenue. The owner Mr. Zheng Shuguo is the fourth generation successor and one of the youngest chef in China. Tourists can taste most classic local cuisine here including Sweet and Sour Pork (Guo Bao Rou), Stewed Pork and Blood Sausage with Pickled Cabbage (Sha Zhu Cai)
Address: 118 Wenzheng Street in Nan Gang district, Harbin city
 2.Lao Liu Sha Zhu Cai Restaurant (in Chinese: 老六杀猪菜)
It is a very famous and popular local restaurant in Harbin which was reported by CCTV several times. Sha Zhu Cai is the one of classic dish there. In the restaurant, tourists can not only take the delicious Dongbei cuisine but also watch local performance and Russian show.
Address: 133 Jinxiang street Xiangfang district, Harbin city  

3. Modern Cold Drinks Hall(in Chinese: Ma Die Er 马迭尔冷饮厅)
Modern Cold Drinks Hall was opened in 1906 but still popular for local and tourists at present. The hall offer delicious cold drinks as well as Russian style food and snacks. It is the best choice for tourists admired exotic food and culture in Harbin.   
Address: 89 Center Street of Dongli district, Harbin city(in Modern Hotel)

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