Harbin Dining -- What to Eat

Although it is not included in the Chinese Eight Cuisines, Harbin cuisine still has its own specialties thanks to its special geographical position and long history. Local cuisine of Manchu mixes with Shandong Cuisine and exotic Russian cuisine, to give the important components of the existent Harbin cuisine, even the Heilongjiang cuisine. Like the warm hearted and straightforward locals, the local dishes tend to feature hot and dense, strong flavors. Even then the original flavor is still maintained as few spices are used.

Based on traditional cooking skills and local materials, a series of famous banquets was invented by the locals people. Of the banquets the most well known is the Fly Dragon Banquet, best prepared by Harbin International Restaurant. The others include Mountain Delicacies and Wild Delight Banquet, Hedgehog Fungus Banquet and Flavor of North China.

It should be mentioned that the locals also prefer fresh vegetables eaten cold with soy sauce or dipped in sauce. Flour based foods and rice are the daily staples of locals. Among them, dumplings are considered to be the predominant. Approximately ten kinds of dumplings with different stuffing can be sampled here. We recommend the Dongfang Jiaozi Wang (the king of eastern dumplings).

Specialties: sanxian dumpling; celery pork dumpling; dumpling stuffed with pork, nut kernels and corns; dumpling stuffed with fried beef; cabbage pork dumpling
Average cost: CNY30 per person
Branches of Daoli District: Zhongyang branch, No.39, Zhongyang Avenue. Take Bus 102, 110, 106 or 112 to get to Jingwei Jie.
Xinyang branch: No.233, Xinyang Lu. Take bus 102,14,22,78 or 110 to get to Anhe Jie.
Youyi branch: No.501, Youyi Lu. Take bus 56, 67, 201, 65 or 12 to get to Social and Scientific Administration
Branches of Guo Ge Li Dajie, Nangang District: Fendou branch, No.338. Take bus 7, 8, 63, 104, 14, 10, 55 or 18 to get to Qin Lin Shopping Hall.
Xiushui branch: No.188. Take bus 7, 8, 63, 109, 87 or 18 to get to Gexin Jie.

Lao Du Yi Chu Dumpling Restaurant
Another time-honored local dumpling restaurant, it’s reasonable price is also attractive.
Average cost: CNY35 per person. But, please expect too high on this service!
Address: No.25, Xishisandao Jie, Dao Li District

Harbin Wu Ji Lao Hao Jiu Lou (Harbin Wu’s Time-honored Restaurant)
The authentic Dongbei food is the highlight of this so popular local restaurant.
Specialities: pork bone, mashed potato
Average cost: CNY50 per person
Dazhijie branch: No.208, Xidazhi Jie, Nan Gang District
Gongjianjie branch: No.57, Gongjian Jie, Nan Gang Ditrict

Da Feng Shou
Not only the food but also the decoration of this restaurant is full of flavor from the northeast China. On the other hand, you may be lucky to watch a local show of Er Ren Zhuan when dining.
Average cost: CNY50 per person
Address: No.283, Yiman Jie, Nan Gang District

Lao Shang Hao Sha Guo Ju (Lao Shang Hao Casserole)
It is a good choice to have the hot casserole when you go there in winter.
Average cost: CNY20 per person
Zhongyang branch: No.98, Zhong Yang Da Jie, Dao Li District
Guogeli branch: No.238, Guo Ge Li Da Jie, Nan Gang District

- Last updated on Jun. 13, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Dining in Harbin
Asked by Becca | Dec. 30, 2012 10:30Reply
is it difficult to find places to eat in Harbin during Chinese New Year eve, 1st & 2nd day of CNY?
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Answered by Ellen | Dec. 31, 2012 03:27

No, it is not difficult at day time, but may be difficult at nights. Big resturants will open at that time during day time but the operation time is limited.
Asked by Ms.lila from ALGERIA | Nov. 12, 2010 02:42Reply
i m living in harbin now and i m looking for good muslim restaurent here!!
Answers (2)
Answered by Ms.Alice | Nov. 12, 2010 04:00

Hi 清香阁 at Miaopu Street(道里区苗圃街), Daoli District is very nice.
Answered by Ms.lila from ALEGRIA | Nov. 12, 2010 20:01

thank you Ms Alice i ll try it :D
Asked by Mr.praveen chavda from INDIA | Nov. 05, 2010 11:26Reply
I want to visit Hubin in third week of Nov 10. What will be the climate particularly cold, I fear of cold and being a pure vegetarian what food and where I get the food of indian style.
Which clothes support me to fight against cold there. Whether everything is ice based, how to stay there for 3/4 days.
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Answered by Mr.Shan | Nov. 10, 2010 02:52

Snow is reporeted in Harbin in next week that the weather has dropped below zero, about -2C during daytime and -10C at night. So, long-johns, warm sweater and down jackets should be prepared. Skidproof shoes will be helpful as well.

I'm afraid that there is no vegetarian Indian restaurants in that city. But, there is some vegetarian restaurants of China. You could consider Hou De Ju(厚德居)located at 339, Huaihe Road, Nangang District. Yi Pin Zhai(一品斋)located at 10, Mujie Road, Nangang District.
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