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Shenyang, China – A Lesson In Table Manners

Shenyang city, the capital of Liaoning province in China, is a second-tier urban center undergoing rapid industrial and commercial development. Home to nearly 10 million people, Shenyang also houses plants for multinational giants like Michelin and BMW.  However, when compared to first-tier cities like Shanghai and Beijing, Shenyang is still decidedly more underdeveloped and lacking international flavor.  Westerners, though they certainly exist in Shenyang, are much harder to come by. During a recent visit to “the city to the north of Shen River,” our friends – who have been Shenyang residents for nearly a year – took us out to their favorite hole-in-the-wall neighborhood eatery for some authentic Northeast cooking. As we approached the restaurant, we noticed a number of make-shift grills set up outside for cooking chuan’r.  This presentation played right into my new found addiction to BBQ meat-on-a-stick;

February 21, 2012 | Scott Adam

Shop Like A Local At Dongjiao (Photo Gallery)

Just south of the Dawang Lu subway station lies a massive indoor/outdoor market complex called Dongjiao Market. Dongjiao feels decidedly authentic; which is a coveted trait in a city modernizing at break-neck speed.  It is not cleanly by Western standards.  Hey, it isn’t even really cleanly by Eastern standards – it’s a dirty market.  But it is also a buzzing market, full of energy and oddity. And with those dirt stained stalls comes dirt cheap prices. The entire complex houses vendors of every imaginable variety –  bicycles, tea sets, flashlights, linens, Tupperware, sneakers, art supplies, sporting goods, puppies, cell phones, candles, skinny jeans, cutlery – if it exists, it can be found at Dongjiao. One of the more interesting (and also photogenic) parts of Dongjiao is the fresh seafood, meat, and produce market housed inside one of the complex’s airplane

February 18, 2012 | Scott Adam