Street Eats: What the Locals are Having

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When you're on the run it's always good to know that a delicious snack is just around the corner -- and Shenyang doesn't disappoint.

Lao bian dumplings, one of the city's specialities, have a 160-year history, and once you bite into one, you'll taste why. Head to the aptly-named restaurant Lao Bian Dumpling for more than 100 different types of this piping hot delight on offer -- and they've had plenty of time to perfect those recipes! It's just 20 minutes by car from Hotel Jen Shenyang.

Shaomai is a special variety of dumpling where the dough is gathered at the top. Ma's Shaomai boasts an even longer heritage than lao bian dumplings; this restaurant has been opening its doors to hungry locals for more than 180 years, as the first eatery to be set up by the Hui minority in Shenyang. These traditionally handmade dumplings are incredibly delicate -- and scrumptious, too!

Make sure you try a hot pot, available in many Korean-inspired restaurants around town. You're served your own little pot of water warmed by a flame and an array of raw ingredients -- usually vegetables and tofu. Once your pot is bubbling away, dip in an ingredient for a few seconds, then dip in one of a variety of sauces and eat!

Not sure where to dine next? Ask my friendly team -- they'll be happy to share their favourite local haunts.