Game for a food dare? Then head off on an adventure 40-minutes south of the city to Rifengyuan, a seafood spot famous for dumplings filled with haichang, also known as “fat innkeeper worm” or “sea penis.” It’s worth the trip. Briny and bursting with oceanic umami, the marine worm (actually a classification of species) is an important ingredient in the cuisine in Shandong and Korea just across the Yellow Sea. Locals line up for Rifengyuan’s version: a slightly raw center to underscore the unctuous texture. If your culinary courage flags, the braised clams with eggplant or a heaping plate of stir-fried fresh abalone or sea whelks won’t disappoint.
It’s a 40-minute cab ride south of downtown Dalian City to the Xiaoping Island area, a former post in the Ganjingzi District.
RIFENGYUAN (日丰园饺子馆): Qinhai Street, Xiaoping Island, Ganjingzi District,+86 411-8477-8315