Guilin Food-While Guilin doesn’t excel in the eating stakes, there is good choice to be had in among the shops of the street markets and in the food courts. All types of Chinese cuisine can be had, including local Guilin and Sichuanese dishes, while Western fast food joints can also be enjoyed.Guilin cuisine is characterized by sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili, which is mostly prepared by stir-frying and steaming. For the local specialties, Guilin Rice Noodle, Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf, Steamed Li River Fish, Stir-Fried Beef With Bamboo Shoots, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Stuffed Li River Snails are all your best choice.
The main central streets of Jiefang Road and Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, and along the river, are the main eating areas. Many outlets are quite touristy and overpriced, however, but take your cues from the locals and head for the side streets to discover a veritable hive of non-pretentious places.
One must-try local specialty is Guilin rice noodles ( Guilin mi fen), which is served just about everywhere, while horse hoof cake ( ma ti gao) is ideal for a mid-morning snack.
Zhengyang Pedestrian Street
Although somewhat touristy and therefore overpriced, Zhengyang Pedestrian Street is the main thoroughfare to dine at. It is a traffic-free street and has bags of atmosphere, making it popular with locals for its shopping and local fare. Guilinese Good luck Restaurant is one of the best known restaurants here and there is also a large dining hall that has traditional Chinese music being played.
Yiren Lu Street is just off of the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street and is a good alternative for those who don’t like crowds as it is less touristy. Here, you will find a good selection of local eateries, along with familiar fast food joints like McDonald’s and KFC.
Mong Kok Food Street
Mong Kok is also super-touristy and a great place to wander day or night, with its bustling, pedestrianised alleys and bright signs. It is located near Central Square and the Bell Tower and comes with all types of familiar Chinese eateries.
Nanhuan Lu is also in the center of town, although its eating options tend to put a lot of Westerners off, where caged animals are put on display outside ready for your order. If you don’t fancy those, there are also plenty of standard noodle and rice outlets.
What to Eat in Guilin
Guilin Rice Noodles
Guilin rice noodles are well notable for the special flavor throughout China. The well selected rice are ground into thick liquid which are then filter into a lump. After cooking, the lump will be squeezed into round or flat. The delicacy of Guilin rice noodles lie in the soup which are mainly stewed from pig or cattle ribs, Momordica grosvenori and other ingredients. As different ingredients and methods are used to stew soup, the rice noodles are separated into different kinds like hot and sour rice noodles and beef rice noodles. It is easy to find a restaurant to taste authentic rice noodles at cheap price.
Lipu Taro Looped Meat
Lipu Taro Looped Meat are a famous traditional dish in Guilin. With best taro picked up in Lipu County, delicious Lipu Taro Looped Meat lies in seasoning and various materials like Guilin fermented bean curd. How to cook Lipu Taro Looped Meat? The streaky pork and taros should be cut into strips and then these strips should be deep fried into golden in vegetable oil. Then smear Guilin fermented bean curd and add other ingredients and wait until the pork become soft. This dish can be tasted in almost all restaurants in Guilin.
Yangshui Beer Fish
Yangshuo beer fish is the most famous local cuisine with tasteful spicy flavor. The fresh carps are caught from Li River. When cooking, the carp first is fried in the oil and then braised in the beer. When you pay a visit to Yangshuo, the beer fish is a must-try. Many restaurants on the West Street of Yangshuo are specialized in beer fish.
Lotus Leaf Steamed Meat
The main materials in this dish include streaky pork, mung bean flour, lotus leaf, Guilin fermented bean curd and other condiments. Before cooking, the lotus leaf must be washed and the raw streaky pork should be cooked. Smear fermented bean curd on the pork and add other condiments. Then use lotus leaf to wrap the pork and steam the wrapped pork.
Guilin Shui Ci Ba
Guilin Shui Ci Ba (glutinous rice cake)
Shui Ci Ba is one of most famous snacks in Guilin. It can be found throughout Guilin. Here introduce the process of making Shui Ci Ba. Firstly, steam the selected sticky rice and then mash the sticky rice into paste. Secondly, fill the paste with bean paste, sesame sugar and other materials.
Cuisine: Chinese Address: Jiefang Xi Lu
Red Lantern Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese Address: South Banyan Rd., Near the Banyan Lake Scenic
Spring of Countryside
Cuisine: Fast Food Address: Guihu, Xi Qing Qiao, Xi An, Guilin
Cuisine: International Address: 16 Gui Hua Road, Yangshuo, Guilin
Cuisine: Chinese Address: 12 east Chuanshan Road, Guilin, China
Li River Cuisine Restaurant
Address: No.1 Shanhu North Road, Guilin, China