Most Chinese cities are known for their local dishes, and Xiamen is no different. Its coastal location means that seafood naturally plays an important role in the city’s cuisine, but if you’re not a seafood fan fear not; food from across China and the world is readily available. Some of the Xiamen’s most notable dishes include:
沙(shā)茶(chá)面(miàn): ‘Sand Tea Noodles’ is a noodle soup dish made from ShaCha paste and pulverised peanuts, containing tofu, shrimp, vegetables and fish balls.
鱼(yú)丸(wán): ‘Fish balls’ are one of the most famous snacks from Gulangyu Island, and are served in restaurants and food stalls across Xiamen city. They are traditionally made from finely ground fish meat and served with a peppery soup.
蚝(háo)仔(zǎi)煎(jiān): Fried Oyster Omelet is exactly what it says on the tin, and is an extremely popular street food snack that features on menus all over the city.
韭(jiǔ)菜(cài)盒(hé): ‘Chinese Chives Bun’ is a spring roll-like snack that’s made from fried batter and has a tasty filling made from pork, Chinese chives, shrimp meat, dried tofu and carrot.
Xiamen is an exciting city day and night, and its young population and relaxed vibe mean that there is plenty to do come sundown. If you’re looking for culture, head to the Minnan Magic Cultural Show to get a taste of traditional life, folklore and culture in the southern Fujian region, or to Nanhua Cultural Bar Street to enjoy cafes, tea houses, or piano bars. If western-style nightlife is what you want, Binlang Bar Street is home to plenty of bars and clubs popular among young Chinese and foreigners.