Nanshi Food Street, a food paradise of Tianjin

Updated: 16 Feb 2011
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Nanshi Food Street in Tianjin
Nanshi Food Street is an ancient building complex with more than 100 restaurants and 40,000 square meters in area. It is a food paradise in Tianjin, where you can not only taste thousand kinds of food, but also enjoy the interesting cuisine culture and elegant architecture.
The buildings
Located in Nanshi, the busiest section of the city's downtown area, the Nanshi Food Street 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 centre of the crossroad is a musical fountain. The entire structure is covered with a glass roof. Even not tasting anything, you could be attracted by the buildings itself, which carry a kind of classical ethnic beauty. The green glazed roof tile, colored vivid pattern compel you admiration.
What to savor
Nanshi Food Street, which houses over 100 shops trading in delicacies from across the country, is also a marvelous gastronomic wander. For those who are hungry to dip their chopsticks into Chinese dishes of various flavors, the food street provides some of the country's best choices. It is particularly known for its seafood, culled from the port area of Tanggu. In typical Chinese custom, the fish is brought live to your table for your pre-cooking approval before being prepared.
"goubuli" meat buns

Tianjin is famous for the cheap eats and the great snacks. The most outstanding contribution to the Chinese menu are "goubuli" meat buns. "Guuli" literally translated as "dog does mot care." There are several stories about the origin of the delicious meat buns.

Crispy deep-fried dough twists

Crispy deep-fried dough twists made from wheat mixed with sesame seed, sugar and preserved fruits and nuts make for tasty snacks.

"jianbing guozi"

"jianbing guozi" is a thin pancake made from green bean flour. When it is being grilled, an egg is brocken and spread over the top of the pancake, then a sweet soy sauce and a hot sauce is spread over the pancake. The pancake is then wrapped around a Chinese donut.
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