Popular cooking methods in Dongbei are casserole, hot pot, and roasting, delivering warmth to the belly.
Hearty game meats traditionally hunted in the northeastern mountains form the base of many dishes.
Unlike in the south, the staple grain in the northeast is not rice but wheat, used in the form of noodles, steamed buns, and dumplings. Dumplings, served at holiday celebrations, are said to bring good luck because they resemble gold nuggets.
Dongbei cuisine also heavily relies on pickling to preserve food over the long winter months. Pickled cabbage stew is a staple northeastern winter meal.
Other popular dishes in Dongbei include chicken mushroom stew—a delicious, rich, and savory dish—as well as wok-fried pork, a crunchy, yet juicy and well-seasoned dish.
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