Dongguan Dining

Although Dongguan is a mid-size city in area, a large number of restaurants and hotels have opened here, serving almost all of the flavors of China. Even with these various cuisines, the local special dishes and snacks will definitely give visitors a pleasant surprise. Benefiting from the advantageous location and climate, plenty of seafood and quality rice were produced there, both of which figure in the staple diet of locals. The history of Dongguan's snacks can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), when it is said that the famous local snack-Ma Ge was first made. In more recent times, a large number of immigrants from the other parts of China to the city brought their local foods with them. These, combined with the local products and traditions, now feature as typical Dongguan foods.

Generally speaking, the local food consists of different kinds of snack, and some tasty dishes. Among the local snacks, you should not miss the cakes which are made from the local quality rice. These cakes are usually made by families and can be preserved until the following spring. During some festivals, they are also the most favored food to entertain relatives and friends. At any time, you can try several of them at any snack-bar in the city.

As well as cakes, you will definitely be attracted by some popular local delicious snacks. The first recommended one should be Lai Fen, a kind of thick rice noodles strongly favored by locals. The Lai Fen with roast goose made by the snack-bars located in Houjie Street is considered to be the best. Further, almost every township of the city has one or more snacks of its own. For example, the well-known San He Banquet and Zongzi (dumplings made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) of Daojiao Town are well worth trying.

Of course, the distinctive dishes of Dongguan are a must on your trip. It seems that most of the dishes there include meat, probably because of the abundance of quality seafood produced there. Just like the snacks, each township there has its characteristic dishes. Humen Town, located in the southwest part of Dongguan, is a top place for visitors who favor seafood. The quality seafood, such as the green crab, Mantis shrimp, greasy-back shrimp and stone grouper, will tempt your appetites for a certainty.

In the city, there are several streets which will provide you with a good dinner. The Garden New Village located in Huayuan Street of Dongcheng District boasts a great number of restaurants and snack-bars. Xinwan Street in Humen Town and Xinmin Street in Chang'an Town are also ideal places for seafood.

Here are some of the restaurants you might like to visit:

Local Flavor Restaurant
Flower Garden Gruel City (Canton flavor)
Yinfeng location: No.10, Yinfeng Road, Huang Village, Nancheng District
Huayuan location: No.52, Huayuan Road, Garden New Village, Chengdong District
Dongcheng Restaurant (Canton flavor, tea art, Canton style mooncake)
Address: No.205, Taisha Road, Humen Town

Western Food Restaurants
Le Monmartre French Restaurant
Address: No.20-21, Xiangxieli Business Street, Houjie District
Time for service: 10:00 - 02:00 the next day
Garden Bistro
Address: located at the lobby level of Sofitel Royal Lagoon, No.8, Yingbin Road, Dongcheng District
Time for service: 11:00 - 24:00
Rhine Castle
Location 1: located at the north part of the lobby in Dongguan Hotel
Time for service: 06:45 - 24:00
Dongcheng location: No.C02, Dongcheng Business Walking Street
Time for Service: 10:30 -24:00

Vegetarian Restaurant
Fortunail Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: No.70, Yujing New Time Walking Street, Dongcheng District
Bus routes: 3, 4, L5, C1
Time for service: 10:00-22:00

Fast Food
Both KFC and Mcdonald's have set up a number of branches in the city, so visitors can easily find one to have a quick meal. Furthermore, there are several branches of Mcdonald's which are open 24 hours a day.

- Last updated on May. 30, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Dining in Dongguan
Asked by CH Lim from MALAYSIA | Sep. 13, 2018 01:23Reply
How to go to Huangshahe West Road, Xinjiuwei Village, Liaobu Town, Dongguan City?
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Answered by Daniel from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 13, 2018 20:26

You can take the Bus Line 872 to Xiabian Qiaobei and then walk south about 6 minutes to the road.
Asked by navneeth from INDIA | Nov. 12, 2016 22:48Reply
I stay at chilling in houjie town I am looking out for indian restsurants in my area.
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Answered by Susan from USA | Nov. 14, 2016 01:09

You may go to Camel Bell Impression (Tuo Ling Yin Xiang) Halal Restaurant at No. 3016, 3F, Houjie Wanda Plaza, No. 6, North Kangle Road. The food they provide is very delicious. Have a try! You can taxi there for about CNY 15.
Asked by Jessica from CHINA | Jun. 13, 2016 10:42Reply
I am from Xili Shenzhen and I would like to ask how shall I get to Dongguan Dongcheng?
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Answered by Fiona from USA | Jun. 14, 2016 04:22

Take metro Huanzhong line from Xili Station to North Railway Station, and change to metro Longhua Line to Minle Station, Exit B. Then, take a bus to Dongcheng from the nearby Huanggang Bus Station Meilin Port Passenger Transport Service Point. The buses are available from 07:40 to 20:05 at intervals of about 30 minutes, and the trip takes about 2 hours. The fare is CNY 45.
Asked by lyana from MALAYSIA | Apr. 20, 2016 13:29Reply
Hi I'll be staying at Mels Weldon in Humen Town. Where can i find Halal Muslim food?
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Answered by Mary from USA | Apr. 21, 2016 01:42

You can go to the Lanzhou Beef Noodles Restaurant. It's located at No. 4, Yongxin Street, Humen Town.
Walk south along Humen Avenue for about 200 yards, and turn right. Walk north for about 150 yards, and turn left. Walk south along Yongxin Street for about 100 yards to the restaurant.
Hope you like.
Asked by MOHAMMAD ALI from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Oct. 23, 2015 01:34Reply
Is there any halal food near cp peninsula hotel in Changping, Dongguan?
Please write down the address in chinese
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Answered by Sandy from GERMANY | Oct. 23, 2015 20:10

I only know one named as 'Yudong Halal Restaurant' that provides nice halal foods. It's about 0.8 miles away from your hotel. The restaurant is located nearby No.234, Mukun Avenue.
In Chinese: 豫东全羊鲜汤
Address: 广东省东莞市木棆大道234号附近
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