Long Tou Shark Balls (Long Tou Yu Wan Dian 龙头鱼丸店)

When Kulangsu locals miss the flavors of their hometown, many of them miss most of all the shark-ball soup from this little, locally run shop, which has been on the island for several decades. As you can see from the woman hand-rolling the shark balls at a counter at the front of the restaurant, there’s a treat the middle of each small, spongy ball: a secret stash of hot, delicious ground shark meat that bursts into your mouth after you bite into the ball.

A serving of about 10 shark balls comes in each cardboard soup bowl, to which you can add a few shakes of the pungent local white pepper for an extra-funky kick. The meat comes from small local sharks, and prices are very cheap. Lines can be long at busy hours, but it moves fast, so don’t let the wait keep you away from this local delicacy.

Address: 183 Longtou Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

大多数鼓浪屿人在外思念家乡时,其实他们最想念的是这家经营了数十年的鱼丸店的鱼丸。当你咬开鱼丸时,鲜美热乎的鲨鱼绞肉就会在你嘴里溅开。每碗鱼丸汤有十颗鱼丸,你可以加点当地辛辣的白辣椒味道会更赞。馅料是当地的小鲨鱼,但价格却不贵。高峰期排队可能很长,但移动的速度却很快,所以别因为需要等待就错过了这道当地的佳肴。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿龙头路183号

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