Mackerel is a part of the daily food culture of Qingdao, and there are several ways to prepare it. But the best way to eat mackerel here is in the form of a deliciously tender dumpling (鲅鱼水饺). A mackerel dumpling is very soft and moist, and a little bit of Chinese chive gives it a special kick. If you're still hungry after your first set of dumplings, follow it up with a nice bowl of mackerel dumpling soup. Your belly will thank you.