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Local Food of Shenyang – Unique, and a Little bit Wild!

Shenyang is known for having a really unique cuisine. With Chinese cuisines & Southeast Asian influences & some of its own special ingredients & techniques, the local food of Shenyang is a must-try!


Goubangzi Smoked Chicken

This one is for the carnivores! Goubangzi Smoked Chicken essentially entails a full chicken lathered with sauces and then smoked to perfection until it sports an appetizing purplish-red color. It is served in the form of delicious mouth-watering strips that are known for its amazing flavor, texture, and, of course, its legendary aftertaste!


Egg Cake

This is a delicacy that is loved by both locals and tourists alike. The cake is made by steaming eggs and thereafter mixed with several herbs, soy sauce and sesame oil, culminating in a delicious snack that is delicious. It has a crisp yet tender texture and is sure to be a treat to your taste buds.


Laobian Dumpling

If you are accommodated in a Shenyang serviced apartment in a residence such as the Somerset Heping Shenyang, you are perfectly placed to try out the local street foods of Shenyang, and one of the best foods you can try out is the Laobian Dumpling. Loaded with pork and a range of herbs and spices to bring out more flavor, the Laobian Dumpling is served either baked or fried. But no matter which way it is made, one thing is certain, and that is that you are sure to be craving for more of these little dumplings of delicious goodness!


The Hearts

Now that we have covered the more conventional foods, we think it's only fair to cover those foods that are unconventional, to say the least, introducing the Barbeque Heart – yes, we are talking about an actual heart. One of the delicacies of Shenyang's cuisines is BBQ chicken hearts. With a crisp exterior and a juicy middle, the hearts are barbequed to perfection and served either on a skewer or sliced in half! So try it if you can stomach it!


The "Balls"

This is certainly not for those who have a delicate constitution. When we mean "balls" we mean two things. First, it's a reference to lamb eyeballs, which are marinated and cooked to give it a meaty texture. Surprisingly, it is very popular in Shenyang. It's not every day you get to try out dishes like this, so give it a go if you dare!


Lamb 'Eggs'

Yes, we know that lambs don't lay eggs, but this is just clever euphemism, because what it's actually lamb testicles! These lamb eggs are cooked in oil and spices and are known for their strong flavor. Many people say that it even tastes better than the eyeballs, and the meat is far more flavorsome and its texture is leaner. Surprisingly, many claim that this will be "the best meatball you will have in your life".


All kinds of Arachnids and Insects

If you are afraid of creepy-crawlies then this will surely make your stomach churn! Arachnids and insects such as scorpions, silkworms, grasshoppers, crickets, and locusts are either barbequed or beautifully marinated and cooked to a crisp and served on plates or on skewers so you can dig in! The locals, and many tourists, consider these insects and arachnids to be a delicacy and cherish the amazing after-taste that these critters leave in your mouth. These foods are certainly the most exotic foods you can try so go ahead and try them out!