Nanshi Food Street
Most of Beijing's cuisine derives from Tianjin and Beijingers often visit Tianjin for the cheap eats and the great snacks. Tianjin's most famous contribution to the Chinese menu is meat buns. Their Chinese name literally translates as "dog doesn't care," as it is said that the inventor of these meat buns had the humble name of "Dog." His meat buns became so popular and sold so quickly that he didn't have time to greet his customers, so when his regulars felt ignored, they said "Dog doesn't care about us." Another story goes that he was so ugly that even dogs wouldn't pay any attention to him.
For those who are hungry to dip their chopsticks into Chinese dishes of various flavours, the Nanshi Food Street provides some of the country's best choices. It's particularly known for its seafood, normally sourced from the port area of Tanggu. A typical Chinese custom is that the fish is brought live to your table for your pre-cooking approval before being prepared. Most of the popular bars are on Youyi Lu in Hexi District.