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Summary

The article highlights the diverse and delicious food scene in Harbin, influenced by neighboring regions like Russia, Korea, and Mongolia. It provides detailed descriptions and tips for trying various local dishes, from signature meals like Guo Bao Rou to popular street foods like Chuanr. The guide emphasizes the unique flavors and culinary experiences that make Harbin a must-visit for food lovers.

Guo Bao Rou (Sweet and Sour Pork)

Harbin’s signature dish, featuring crispy fried pork slices in a tangy, sweet, and slightly salty sauce.

Tips

Try it at Lao Chu Jia, a popular restaurant about a 30-minute walk from Saint Sophia’s Church.

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Di San Xian (Three Delicacies on Earth)

A home-style vegetable dish made with potatoes, green peppers, and eggplants stir-fried in a soy sauce and salt-based sauce.

Tips

Order it at MaoMao XunRou DaBing, known for their smoked meat. Remember to order pancakes, dipping sauce, and raw onion with the smoked meat.

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Xiao Ji Dun Mo Gu (Stewed Chicken and Mushroom)

A slow-cooked chicken stew with mushrooms and herbs, served over noodles.

Tips

Although the author missed trying this dish, it is highly recommended for its earthy flavors and warming qualities.

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Chuanr (Grilled Meat Skewers)

Popular street food consisting of lamb, beef, or pork skewers seasoned with cumin, salt, and chili powder.

Tips

Look for stalls with freshly-finished meat and try alternating bites of meat with raw garlic.

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Da Lie Ba (Big Wheat Bread)

Large, heavy loaves of bread resembling Russian khleb but made from wheat flour.

Tips

Churin is a popular brand. Use it for a quick breakfast back at your hotel.

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Candied Hawthorn Berries

Skewers of semi-sour hawthorn berries coated in candied sugar, often naturally frozen in winter.

Tips

Commonly found near Saint Sophia’s Church and other tourist areas.

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Madieer Ice Cream

A subtle-flavored ice cream sold since 1906, popular even in winter.

Tips

Find it on Zhongyang Pedestrian Street by the Modern Hotel. Vanilla is the most popular flavor.

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Dongfang “Orient King of Dumplings”

A local chain known for its in-house made jiaozi (dumplings).

Tips

Mix vinegar, garlic, and chili for dipping. Located on Zhongyang Pedestrian Street next to McDonald’s.

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