Ba Da Wan

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20 Fourth Section, Tianjin, China

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Good tasting popular restaurant on Food Street Aug 02, 2011
Located in the fourth section on Food Street, Ba Da Wan is one of the most popular restaurants in TianJin. Literally meaning "Eight Great Bowls", Ba Da Wan serves standard TianJin cuisine dishes. The name comes from the eight most popular bowls (dishes) they offer, which includes dishes like fried carp, fried shrimp, yellow crab, etc. Of course, they have better sounding official names in Chinese, I'm just listing the basic ingredient. However, apparently the title is now misleading, since there are more than eight great bowls, it's more like sixteen. There are also appetizers on the menu.

As you can tell, most of the dishes are sea related, and have seafood in them. This is because TianJin is a port city by the coast.

We ordered a plate of tofu skin and shrimp, seafood and tofu stew, and a set of chive turnovers (which in Chinese is called He Zi). Rice came with everyone's order. They tasted great, and two main dishes were definitely enough for three people if you had previous eaten some snacks on Food Street. If now, three or four dishes should be sufficient.

The dishes weren't too expensive, about 20-25 RMB per dish, and cheaper for appetizers like He Zi (Chive Turnovers).

Maybe because it was a really hot day, and this restaurant was located on Food Street, which has multiple entrances but no doors, but this restaurant wasn't all that clean. There were quite a few flys around. Also, when we got our chopsticks, I noticed mine and my moms were old to the point of moldy. Grossed out, we asked for another pair, and this time it was a little better. The bowls were pretty old as well.

Also, initially they wanted to charge us for utensils and napkins set, because the waitress offered that option after she took our order. We thought that was ridiculous, because what restaurant expects you to either bring your own utensils, or be charged for it? We decided not to get the utensils at first, and thought that if worst comes to worst, we'll just go to one of the stalls on Food Street for forks and chopsticks. However, after the food is served, we asked for a pair of chopsticks each, which they gave without charging.
Tofu and Seafood stew
Shrimp and tofu skin
Chive Turnovers
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