Guide to the most popular street food in Xiamen

Updated: 05 Nov 2012
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Everybody knows about the fantastic seafood in Xiamen, but what else is there?

Aside from the popular seafood, there are endless kinds of food to be discovered along Xiamen's busy streets and inside its lively alleyways. To track down the best local street food, travelers can look for street stalls and movable market stalls which enjoy popularity among local customers.

The most popular place to find the city’s local street food is the main commercial street, Zhongshan Pedestrian Street.

WOX has provided a list of the most popular street food in Xiamen for your reference. Let us help you start your Xiamen street food journey!

1. Sha Cha Mian or Satay Noodles (沙茶面)


Xiamen Satay noodle


This dish is very popular in Xiamen and is sold in almost every noodle shop. The soup has a clay colour due to the addition of ground peanuts, which give the dish a rich aroma.

There is also a hint of spiciness to it, although not too strong. Overall, the velvety soup is thick and hearty, full of flavour and warming for the stomach! You can add various condiments to the bowl of noodles, including squid rings, shrimp, pork belly, pork innards and so on.

Here is a tip; Wutang Satay Noodle is rumored to have the best Satay noodles in city. Don’t miss it!

Where you can eat this:

1). Restaurant 1980 (1980烧肉粽)
Add: No. 353, Zhongshan Road, Siming District, Xiamen /厦门市思明区中山路353号

2). Wutang Satay Noodle (乌糖)
Add: No. 60, Minzhu Rd, Siming District, Xiamen /厦门市思明区民族路60号

2. Fried oyster omelet (海蛎煎)


Xiamen Oyster omelet


The Oyster omelet is a popular Xiamen snack that is often sold in night markets. The dish consists of an omelet with a filling primarily composed of small oysters. Starch is mixed into the egg batter, giving the egg wrap a thicker consistency. Pork lard is often used to fry the omelet.

Where you can eat this:
Lianhuan Oyster (莲欢海蛎煎)
Add: Near Siming Nan Rd, 厦门市中山路局口街横巷 (近思明南路)


3. Seafood in Xiamen


Xiamen seafood

Xiamen is famous for its seafood because of its absolute freshness. The location of Xiamen on the southeast coast of China provides it with abundant seafood.

Xiao Yan Jing is a very popular seafood restaurant in Xiamen with affordable prices. The seafood available is on display at the back of the restaurant, in a row of fishtanks and ice boxes. Pick what you want and decide how you want it cooked.

Where you can eat this:

1). Shuyou Seafood Restaurant (舒友海鲜大酒楼)

Bailuzhou Store (白鹭洲店)
Add: Building A, No. 1, Bailuzhou Dong Rd, Xiamen (Near Swan Hotel Xiamen) /厦门市白鹭洲东路1号A座天鹅酒店旁
Tel: 0592-5330888, 0592-5060166

Huanleyuan Store(欢乐园酒楼)
Add: Block C-F, Bailuzhou Shopping & Entertainment City, Xiamen /厦门市白鹭洲购物游乐城C-F座
Tel: 0592-5119999, 0592-5118888

2). Chao Fu Cheng or Chaofu City (潮福城)
Add: 1st Floor, Annex Building of Jianye Mansion, No. 28, Hubin North Rd, Siming District (思明区湖滨北路28号建业大厦裙楼1楼
Tel: 0592-5058688, 5115126-9

3). Xiao Yan Jing Seafood Stall or little glasses Seafood Stall (小眼镜大排档)
Add: No.7, Hubin Zhong Rd, Siming District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-2054568

4. Tu Shun Dong or Sandworm jelly (土笋冻) 


Xiamen Sandworm jelly


It's said if you don't try sandworm jelly, you have never been to Xiamen.

Where you can eat this:

1). Xi Men Tu Sun Dong (西门土笋冻)
Add: No.33, Douxi Rd, Siming District Xiamen /厦门市思明区斗西路33号

2). Er Shi Tu Sun Dong (二市土笋冻)
Add: Shop 5, No. 386, Xiahe Rd, Siming District, Xiamen /厦门市思明区厦禾路386号之5店 (幸福路口)

5. Gulangyu Fish Balls


Gulangyu fish ball


Fish balls are the famous snack on Gulangyu Island. They are made from finely ground fish meat. On Gulangyu Island there are three stores which serve authentic fish balls: Yuan Xiang Kou Fish Ball, Longtou Fish Ball and Linji Fish Ball. Authentic fish balls are soft, refined and delicious with a smooth texture. The fish balls are served with soup and pepper and you will enjoy a flavor you will never forget.

Where you can eat this:

1). Yuan Xiang Kou Fish Balls (原巷口)
Add: No.62 Longtou Road, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen /厦门市鼓浪屿龙头路62号

2). Linji Fish Ball Soup (林记鱼丸)
Add: No. 54, Quanzhou Road, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen /厦门市鼓浪屿泉州路54号

3). Longtou Fish Ball (龙头鱼丸)
Add: No.183 Longtou Road, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen /厦门市鼓浪屿龙头路183号


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