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Tianjin locals’ most-loved foods

By Weiwei Guan

August 10

Tainjin is just a half-hour train ride from Beijing, but its food shouldn’t be confused with that of its capital neighbor. Of course, you can’t miss the famous seafood in this coastal city, but that’s only the start of the local cuisine.

Tainjin is just a half-hour train ride from Beijing, but its food shouldn’t be confused with that of its capital neighbor. Of course, you can’t miss the famous seafood in this coastal city, but that’s only the start of the local cuisine.

Here are some dishes we recommend — it’s north Chinese food, with a twist:

1. Goubuli Steamed Stuffed Bun (Goubuli Baozi)

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Goubuli Baozi [Image Credit: www.quanjing.com]
Goubuli Baozi is a famous baozi restaurant chain that can be traced back to 1858. In one story, the founder of the resturant, named Gouzi, was always too busy to talk to his customers. Thus people called him Goubuli, which literally means “Gou doesn’t respond.” Yet his business still boomed because of its delicious steamed buns and is now, a century and a half later, listed as a national intangible cultural heritage.

2. Chinese crepes

Chinese crepes [Image Credit: www.chinacaipu.com]
Chinese crepes [Image Credit: www.chinacaipu.com]
Chinese crepes, called Jianbing, are a common street breakfast on work days in the cities. Not found in restaurants, crepes are made by street vendors or sometimes in a shopping mall’s food court.

3. Chestnuts

Tianjin chestnuts [Image Credit: www.techan.com]
Tianjin chestnuts [Image Credit: www.techan.com]
Tianjin chestnuts, called “Ganli”, enjoy a widespread reputation in China and abroad. A favorite snack for the locals, Ganli are produced in the mountains around Tianjin and exported to Japan, Australia, Thailand and Singapore through the city’s port.

4. Fried dough twist (Mahua)

Fried dough twist [Image Credit: www.gfx.com.cn]
Fried dough twist [Image Credit: www.gfx.com.cn]
The fried dough twist is a traditional snack that has become something of a calling card for the city. 18th Street Mahua is a famous brand with a hundred years’ history. It has a unique shape and is filled with more than 10 ingredients including osmanthus and green plum.

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