The cooking culture of Harbin diet may well be rich and colorful, there is sediment of the cooking culture of Jing Yuan Dynasty through the ages, there are wild foods of local characteristic delicacy from mountain too, there are results from modern plural cultural exchanges, these have formed unique culture of food and beverage in Harbin, as the flavor of Harbin, its characteristic can summarize as "appear beautiful in being sincere, contain quintessence in being rough ". the famous special restaurant of Harbin are the floor of Futai, Beilaishun, Jiangnanchun, Sigma restaurant, Fucheng fat beef hot pot city, Laodu-one dumpling hall, eastern dumpling king, Wuji sauced bone stew restaurant, etc.
The introduces of some special features snack
Harbin big bread
Called Palestine also, known as a special skill of Harbin, it is the unique flavor food in Harbin. The large such bread is round, it is weigh 2.5 kilograms, taste is special and fragrant, and have traditional European flavors. The big bread after making, the crust is burnt and fragile, the interior flesh is soft, perfume is unique, should preserve, it is the all-ages instant food.
Crisp of Heli
It is belong to bread kind of foods. It is not only crisp, fragrant, sweet and delicious, but also nutritious, easy to digest, it is patient's ideal food of stomach trouble. In addition, because it lacks water, is suitable for preserving, should not be rotten, it is the food which tourists like carrying on business.
Laoding Feng cake
It is the famous cake of Harbin. The moon cake is the most famous, loose and favorable, fine and smooth soft, smell unique, and the characteristic of putting pensioning for a long time but perfume particularly.
The deer's tail of clear soup
The main materials are deer's muscle, deer's tail, and deer's meat. It is always been the famous and precious cooked food in the feast, especially the soup dish taking the deer's tail and cooking is famous and more precious. Deer's tail can invigorate the kidney, strengthen Yang, relax the muscles and stimulate the blood circulation, nourish efficiency is winter best tonic. Its characteristic is firing with the deer's tail which housed,. It is white tail and clear soup, the venison is crisp and fragrant, flavor and delicious.
Jingzi brand pine nut litter stomach
Meat products of Zhengyang floor of Harbin is unique flavor. Mainly render palatable with the fragrance of the pine nut, the color is overflowing in fragrance after cutting, fertile but not oiliness. Because of using the mug bean starch, therefore the transparency is good, delicate and whippy; it is thin and not breaking to pieces.
Crystal sugar snow
The frog is the field chicken, by the reputation is one of Heilongjiang "four rare things" Its most precious part is the frog oil. This vegetable takes the clam gentleman frog oil as main material. Take the frog oil with the hot water, cooks with the crystal sugar boils, and auxiliary cooks with the green plum. The product luster bright, sweet but the delicate fragrance, has the phlegm reduction to cool down the merit.
Boils in its own broth without soy sauce boils the colored fish
Spend fish clean up first, put into chicken soup again, in addition, auxiliary condiment boil at fire together, put ancient moon noodles adjust sour hot taste and food into with vinegar finally. The characteristic is that the color is white, the soup is delicious, and the meat is tender and delicious.
Jingbo carp silk
It is a traditional delicacy of lakeside, it is meticulous, exquisite to make. Cut open and cut the fresh and fresh gold carp alive with the sharp knife, fetch the meat of both sides of the chest, cut a filament eight inches long, soak and wait for fish silk become with mature vinegar powder white form take out, install record, again " acupuncture needle ", " melon leaf fragrant " among the rare foods to put the silk in the disk, jade green, golden yellow, the powder contrasts finely with in vain.
Finally, water enters tender cucumber juice, coriander juice, garlic in syrup juice, little to rub condiments such as sesame oil, ginger juice. The characteristic is fragile and fresh, fragrant slippery and comfortable, agreeable to the taste.
Jianghai brake tender leaf
Brake tender leaf fresh water desalination first, bubble go saline taste, and then sends and blanches the water, pull out and dry the water. Plain with refined salt, smell subsequently, the Chinese prickly ash oil is mixed well. Then slivers an inch section with the knife, pack into the plate, assumes presenting type. The big first-class rice that will be selected for use, steep softly with the hot water, yard is on brake tender leaf, The characteristic is that this dish contains many kinds of vitamins, the nutritive value is very high, taste is delicious, pleasant to the palate, light and refined.
Haws in Harbin
Hotpot and Harbin beer ( huoguo and Haerbin pijiu) can be found anywhere in Harbin.
Assorted Meats on a Stick (chuan'er) sold on every street, try asking for grilled bread buns ( kao mantou), its really good. Finish everything off with a egg and tomato Gala Tang (soup) No more than 元10 for 6-7 kabobs and soup.
Harbin Smoked Sausage A treat only known to Harbin, you see stores selling it everywhere, it is REALLY good.
Russian Breads lots of Bread and pastry stores around the city, including Zhongyang Dajie.
Haws hawthorn fruit stacked on sticks and served covered with a sweet sauce.
Lamb with spices grilled over coals served with sesame flat bread. 5RMB will buy you a good meal from the nice Uighur guys (from Xinjiang province) on a street between Hong Bo Shopping Center and Guogeli Dajie.
Harbin Spring Rolls a tasty wrap of potato strips, cucumber, sausage and egg all with a spicy sauce. Sold on the street or in most markets (even Walmart) for 2 - 5RMB. If you want a real spring roll experience go to Lao Changs on Zhongyang Dajie (mentioned below).
Oriental Dumplings King 38 Zhongyang Dajie unbelievable dumplings at a great price.
Old Sandpot House 98 Zhongyang Dajie , delicious small Dongbei snacks like dumplings, grilled breads.
Little Seven Fish81 Hongwei Lu , spicy grill Sichuan style.
Hamama's Kofi House - A little Cafe near Harbin Institute of Technology run by a Papua New Guninean and his Taiwanese wife. Great and cheap western food like burgers, milkshakes and an omelet breakfast.
KFC and McDonalds There are literally dozens of KFC around the city and the McDonalds near Hongbo Guangchang is open 24 hours.
Xiang E Meishi 140 Guangmang Jie , great Hunan and Hubei style restaurant in a nice atmosphere.
Hans Beer BBQ 254 Zhongshan Lu, near Wal-mart Great draft beer that is all you can drink during lunchtime. The food is Chinese BBQ with assorted and spiced meat kabobs.
Big Harvest 283 Yiman Street Traditional Donbgei cuisine in a unique enviroment. The only tea in the house is made from wheat.
Fucheng Hotpot 47 Wenchang Jie Great Hotpot restaurant always bustling with Dongbei atmosphere.
Old Changs Spring Cakes 178 Zhongyang Dajie Pancake like food stuffed with vegetables and meat, a staple of the northeast and tasty as hell!
Wuji Rib House 208 XiDazhi Jie and 57 Gongcheng Jie Dongbei style ribs that are simply amazing! You eat them with your hands and are given plastic gloves to keep things clean. The other dishes are great too and its always packed and full of energy.
Daquan BBQ ) 86 Beixing Jiaoyu yuan the locals call this the best BBQ joint in town. Always packed, really good.
Xiaozi Zai Xianxin HK Cafe 350 Dongdazhi Jie Harbin's trendiest restaurant in terms of design and the people who go there. Fairly good HK style food.
Qianlima Baihe Liaoli , 777 Xianfeng Lu , affordable Korean food in an upscale environment, packed with Chinese families and businessmen out on the town for a dinner
Gaoliyuan , a chain found all over Harbin that is consistently good.
Marhaba Arabian , near Harbin Institute of Technology on Hanguang Street 1-19. This is a great mom and pop sized restaurant which has some low and medium priced dishes. If you don't know Arabian food, the dishes are similar to many Indian and Lebanese dishes. They also have hookahs with flavored tobacco if desired.
Cafe Russia, near the Flood Control Monument of Zhongyang Dajie. The owner is half Chinese, half Russian, and has created a fantastic atmosphere that feels like a high-class cafe in London or Paris. Elegant furniture, tasteful music, a working grandfather clock (with chimes) and a display to commemorate one of the last White Russian's who lived in Harbin make this a place well worth visiting. Service is good too. The name in Chinese is 'Luxiya' i.e. Lucia -> 'Rossiya' (Russia).
Pizza Hut , Zhongyang Dajie near the Flood Monument. Real pizza. Another Pizza Hut is on Guogeli Dajie.
Shanggrila Hotel Buffett upscale hotel dining with a huge assortment of western foods. Managed by a western head chef. Around ¥150 - ¥200 per person.
Holiday Inn Buffett also known as "Little Brazil" ,90 Jingwei Jie same as above but around ¥100 per person.
Portman's , 12 Xidazhijie right off of Hongbo Square , mentioned in almost all of the guidebooks but its really nothing more than a Chinese version of western food. You are better off going to Hamama's or a Russian cafe. However they do have steak, fillet mignon, and goose liver pate, if you want to spend the money.
Japanese BBQ (jingqiao tiebanshao) 93 Hanshui Lu expensive Japanese BBQ where you are seated in private rooms and real Japanese cook your food right in front of you! Meals start at ¥200.
Upscale Sushi and Tempura 458 Hanshui Lu Another but less expensive Japanese restaurant. Full menu of sushi, tempura, Japanese curry etc. can be had here. Seating is in cozy bamboo paper rooms with heated but seats! Atmosphere is very good. You can order affordable packages at around ¥100 per person that includes all-you-can-drink Kirin beer.
Thai Restaurant 183 Changjiang Lu across from the Dragon tower Thai dishes cooked by Indian chefs. You can buy alligator meat here and listen to a singing Thai dance troupe.
New Heaven Food City 311 Hongqi Dajie expensive ¥400 per person, extravagant. Maybe a place to close out a business deal.
Tiantian Fish Village 2 Gongcheng Jie expensive upscale Chinese seafood dining. You can mingle with Harbin's moneyed and enjoy exotic fish. When you walk in you can pick which fish you want from the giant tanks.
Just because Harbin is below freezing a good amount of the year, doesn't mean it's devoid of a nightlife. In fact, Harbin is one of the more "rowdier" cities in China. Just don't expect Shanghai or even Beijing "quality" establishments. Most places in Harbin have puke stains on the toilets that are months old. With a good amount of foreigners living in the city studying and working, the weekends are always bustling around 2-3 locations such as Blues, The Box, Pacers, or the small bars around the Universities. Dongbei people are reqing or very lively and seem to drink with almost every meal! Often times at restaurants you'll see drunk men singing away and then lighting up their cigarettes to signal the night is coming to an end. And of course what would be better than to spend the wee hours of the night singing away to the tune of Titanic and Michael Jackon at one of the KTV's that can be found at almost every street corner!
In Harbin, people often start off the night at a cheap shaokao or Hotpot restaurant washed down with 1.5rmb bottles of Hapi. After a long dinner its usually to one of Harbin's clubs or bars to spend the rest of the night. If you are not a fan of the drinking scene, Harbin may not be for you as there isn't much else to do. That being said, there are dozens of small bars and a few cafes, so if you are not one for dancing and loud disco's there are plenty of options.
Some non-drinking activities include bowling, pool, or a tea house.
Many discos that cater mainly to Chinese have table minimums. That is, each table has a different minimum purchase to sit there and you must purchase at least that much as soon as you sit down. They won't trust that you will eventually purchase enough over the course of the evening. Some even have the price of the table on a tent card sitting on the table. You can try and get around this sales tactic by saying you want to just have a look around (wo yao xian kan kan) and hope that they forget about you.
The Box 82 Xidazhi Jie , current expat hangout of Harbin. Join the debauchery on the weekends.
Babyface Youzheng Jie and Hongjun Jie intersection the newest addition to Harbin's club scene its nothing like its sister in Beijing or Shanghai, seems to have lost its popularity to Tanghui, lots of rich people. a Long Island is 40 kuai. Not much dancing.
Kiss Disco 150 Dongdazhi Jie The biggest disco in Harbin, can fit a couple thousand people, lots of young people. If you enter, you will be the only foreigner. Can be fun but there is a Chinese mafia presence here. Expensive drinks, beers are 25+. Wed is ladies night and it is packed
SOS Club 110 Zhongshan Lu currently the most popular disco with the Chinese. Plays Hip Hop.
Banana In the basement of the Sino-Way hotel, expensive, smallish, and pushy waiters that make you buy expensive drinks. Overall, not fun.
Blues: the longstanding expat hangout of Harbin
Blue's 100 Diduan Jie everything that is Harbin, Russians, Mongolians, Turks, Canadians, Brazilians, Koreans. Frequent staging ground for fights between Koreans and Mongolians or Russians fighting with Russians. Friday nights 10:30pm and afterward get really crazy when about 80% of Harbin's international students head out to Blues to party. Also, at 11pm you can buy a bottle of Vodka for 10 kuai, but its devil water from Anhui has made many people go nuts and dance on the pole for hours. During the week it's full of Chinese.
CoCo Club Changjiang Street and Yushan Street intersection Newly opened flashy disco.
New Las Vegas Fushun Tiantian Hotel out in the development district (kaifaqu), its not big but not small, lots of dancing, drinks are expensive, lots of flashing lights, usually dead after 11:30pm.
Pacers 102 Xidazhi Jie Full of the seediest foreign teachers and Russians, a big drug scene, really sketchy foreigners. Scantily clad dancers on poles.
No. One Disco Pearl River Hotel Zhujiang Bingguan Another big flashy disco as big as Kiss, lots of go-go dancers who are also prostitutes. Pushy bartenders who don't let you sit down without buying a drink. Can be packed sometimes. Worth a try.
Jinhao Disco 161 Heping Lu one of the oldest discos in Harbin, kind of run-down now, frequent bar fights. As the cab drivers say, "Don't go there, that's where the poor people go."
Yes near Blues, yet another flashy disco with pounding techno, its okay.
A large club with lots of singing and performances. Mostly tables but there are people dancing.
Dijie Manyao Bar 2 Manzhouli Jie Another bar with scantily clad dancers
Camp David , Guogeli Da Jie, looks like a giant castle, used to be the expat hangout in Harbin before Blues. Full of people nonetheless.
Most bars in the city are clustered around the universities and tourist districts. The Development Zone has some bars as well but they are more expensive.
Heida Bar Street taken by Tom Holz
Harbin Institute of Technology vicinity ,The campus of HIT is surrounded with a number of small and cozy bars. HIT itself has a number of foreign teachers and hundreds of foreign students. Some notable bars are Red Rose , Sculpting in Time and the HIT Bar.
Guogeli Dajie . At the middle portion of this road, there is a small man made lake that is surrounded by 10 or so small pubs and a fountain. During the warmer months this small square is packed with people out for a night stroll and is really lively. This also seems to be a place for the trendy teens and college age kids to hang out. If you continue walking down Guogeli Dajie there are a few more small bars dotting the street. Great for people watching! For about 100rmb you can order a "beer tower" , which is a tall plastic tube with a spigot on the bottom. At the other end of the lake there is a restaurant that resembles TGI Friday's, as besides the name being changed to DJ Friday's almost everything else has been copied. What makes this place really stand out from the real TGI Fridays are the scantily clad Russian dancers.
Near Heilongjiang University right across from the main gate are several small bars and pubs to accommodate the huge Korean and Russian student population.
Teahouses and cafes
There are a number of very nice teahouses in the New Development ZoneMost will rent you a room and will charge by the hour, plus whatever tea you decide to drink. Some of the teahouses are located on Hengshan Lu
Be For Time 18 RMB all you can eat/drink and open 24 hours. Two locations: 102 Xidazhi Jie, under Pacers near HIT and 2 Linxing Lu
UBS Coffee 186 Gongchang Jie closest thing Harbin has to Starbucks.
USA Bucks a coffee house on Zhonyang Dajie.