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Shenyang food guide - What type of food to expect in Shenyang, China

Updated on July 31, 2015

About the city

Shenyang is a city located in the North East of China, in the province of Lioaning, a home of millions of Chinese and thousands of foreigners from all over the world.

When it comes to food, Shenyang has a wide varieties available that anyone can enjoy. As a new comer, it seems a little difficult to search for a good taste, but those already residing in the city can tell you the places you can get a good food from. This article will guide you about the different types of food that you can find in Shenyang.

Egg paratha sold on roads
Egg paratha sold on roads
Paratha with sausages
Paratha with sausages

Food from stalls on roads

You will find different stalls on the roads, along traffic signals, and outside the subway stations selling different kinds of foods at very reasonable prices.

Most of the places you can find Egg Paratha (called 鸡蛋饼 in Chinese), containing sauces, sausages, eggs, and lettuce. You can ask the seller to add or remove anything that you don't like and they make the paratha according to your choice. The paratha is big enough for a breakfast or evening snack.

If you're late for breakfast or you feel hungry on your way back home, you can easily grab anything from these stalls and munch it while travelling. The taste of the food from these stalls is different and actually good.

fried potatoes
fried potatoes

Small restaurants

You can find some good food from the small Chinese restaurants along the roads in almost all parts of Shenyang. Although most of them are specially for noodles, but you can easily find other food items like friend rice, chowmian, curries, chapati and many more. In most of these restaurants, there are pictures of all sort of rice and noodles that you can order from, they also encourage making some changes according to your wish.

Noodles served at these restaurants are very tasty. you can easily get noodles for as low as 7 Yuan at some restaurants, and you can add soya sauce and mixed chilli paste to make it spicy. They serve noodles with sauces, vegetables, eggs, meat and with anything you like it with.

Mouth watering noodles called "nu rou gan ban"
Mouth watering noodles called "nu rou gan ban"

Food from different countires

Yes! It is true, you can find food from other countries in Shenyang as well. There are Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Arabic, Korean and many more restaurants where you can enjoy the food from other countries.

The restaurants offering food from other countries are expensive relative to the local ones. So you might like to go on special occasions or in groups so that you can divide money and enjoy the food. You can find Biryani, pakoras, samosa, karahi and more from South Asian countries, and can get flafel, and kebabs from Turkey. They taste amazing!

Pakwan (Indian)
Pakwan (Indian)
Dastarkhuan (Pakistani)
Dastarkhuan (Pakistani)
Omer Restaurant (Turkish)
Omer Restaurant (Turkish)
Jimmy Kebab (Turkish)
Jimmy Kebab (Turkish)


Buffet restaurants are very common in Shenyang. Almost all good dining areas have buffets available at their restaurants. The variety at those buffets are huge. From continental to Chinese and drinks and salads and fruits and omelette, and many many things one can think of.

On average, the buffet costs 70 Yuan per person, and you get more than what you think of. You need to have a big space in your tummy to stuff all the yummy food items prepared by chefs of these amazing buffet restaurants.


Well, if you're in China, you must try one of the most leading dishes of the country, the 'Hotpot'. As the name suggests, you will be given a big dish of boiling water placed on a stove in front of you, with all available vegetables, meat, and sauces that you can order from menu. The best part of hotpot is that you eat everything of your choice; you cook your own food and eat it. The choice of the hotpot restaurant is important, because you don't want to waste all your money on an average hotpot.

How to eat hotpot?

Hotpot is not like other cooked dishes which you get and you start eating. You need to make your own food when you're eating hotpot, some tips for enjoying your hotpot can be found below:

1. First of all, order the vegetables and meat that you would like to eat.

2. After you have placed your order, they'll bring a big dish with water and will place it on the stove in front of you. After the water boils, start putting your vegetables and meat and let them cook.

3. While they're being cooked, you need to prepare your own sauce. Now this is the tricky part, you cannot just add all the spices and sauces in your bowl. Some sauces are too spicy and some are too bitter, if you won't be careful you'll end up making very weird sauce. So taste everything that you're not sure of, and then mix them in 2-3 different bowls so that you get different tastes.

4. After you're ready with sauces, start eating your food, take out the vegetables and meat and start dipping in your sauces and enjoy with some drinks or plain water.

International Brands

You can easily find international brands in Shenyang. McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut, Star Bucks, and many more brands can be found at different places in Shenyang. If you are new in the city or don't know the exact location, then you might need to write down the names of all these brands in Chinese Language, people don't know their English names so make sure you know what to call them in Chinese. For your ease, few of the names are as follows:

McDonald's (麦当劳)

KFC (肯德基)

Pizza Hut (必胜客)

Burger King (汉堡王)

Subway (赛百味)

NYPD Pizza
NYPD Pizza


Pizza is one of the most loved food by the people of Shenyang. You can find any sort of pizza here, pan pizza, cone pizza and so on. With any sort of topping, any crust and all type of meats you can order your pizza and enjoy every bite of it. Some of the very famous pizza spots are NYPD (New York Pizza Department), Alpine Pizza, Mr.Pizza, Green Mile's Pizza and many more. Some places like Green Mile also offer drinks at a bar.


The famous International Food Market

The famous international Food market is loacted at Tie Xi and is called 'Xingshun International Tourist Night Market', it is regarded as the Asia's biggest food market. The market has all sorts of foods available, those which you like, and even some of those which you never want to taste. The place is worth a visit as it has one of the biggest number of visitors, coming from different places, and trying very different and unusual Chinese food.

The market opens at night, having more than 100 stalls for food items; burgers, fries, all sort of sea foods, insects, and more. The price range is very minimal so you can easily take the food and enjoy.Apart from food market, there's other stuffs like clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and gifts. There are many stalls of other daily life stuffs. So visit the market early so that you can see everything and do some shopping if you want to.

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Halal food from Shifu Guangchang

How to find Halal Food in Shenyang?

It is a vital question of all Muslim living in Shenyang, but not to worry! Shenyang has lots of restaurants selling Halal Food just like Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China. There is a town in Shenyang called 'Shifu Guangchang', it is a major town of Muslims and almost all population of that area is of Chinese Muslims.

There are many restaurants in Shifu Guangchang where you can find Halal food of all range. There are some really cheap meat buns and breads and there are very expensive restaurants as well. Depending on your need and budget, you can easily find Halal food there.

Other than Shifu Guangchange, there are many street restaurants and food stalls that sell Halal food. Also the food products with Halal Symbol can be found in supermarkets, like nuggets, popcorn chicken and so on. The symbol of Halal in Chinese is '清真'. If you find this symbol on any product, or outside any restaurant, it means the food inside is Halal.

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      12 days ago

      He’ll Syeda, can you Tell us where the Turkish restaurants are ? We couldn’t find the addresses and would like to visit them. :)

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      2 years ago

      Thanks Alot tajoo

    • tajoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Syeda Akhtar 

      2 years ago from Shenynag, China

      Assalam-O-Alaikum Asif, Dasterkhuan has been closed due to some reasons, but there is a new Pakistani restaurant called 'Desi Zaiqa'. It is located at Shenyang Aerospace University, South Dining Hall 2nd floor, near university's south gate. you can contact the manager at 1314235172 for queries and reservations. And I am sorry I am not sure about a particular place where you can find xinjiani pulao here in Shenyang.

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      2 years ago

      hi please can you tell me where is pakistani restaurant (dasterkhuan). and can i find xinjiani polau in shenyang?

    • tajoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Syeda Akhtar 

      3 years ago from Shenynag, China

      Apparently they're.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      a wide range of choices that every customer is being spoilt. I hare crawlies

    • tajoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Syeda Akhtar 

      3 years ago from Shenynag, China

      thanks Albert

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      3 years ago

      Beautifully described, and very informative.

    • tajoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Syeda Akhtar 

      3 years ago from Shenynag, China

      Thank you

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      3 years ago

      WaOo, really nice work, appriciated :-)

    • tajoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Syeda Akhtar 

      3 years ago from Shenynag, China

      thanks Sana

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      Sana Sameer 

      3 years ago

      a very handy article for new comers, keep it up tajoo


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