Rice noodles, which can be either round or flat, are the most popular snack in Guilin. Guilin rice noodle has been the local breakfast staple since the Qin dynasty and is renowned for its delicate taste. Legend has it that when Qin troops suffering from diarrhea entered this region, a cook created the Guilin rice noodles for the army because they had trouble eating the local food.
Nun noodles are said to have been created by a nun in Yueya Hill. The soup for this noodle dish is boiled with bean sprouts, fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, and bamboo shoots until it turns golden. The soup is then poured over the noodles, vegetables, and seasonings. The best place to eat Nun noodles is at Yueya Lou in Qixing Park.
Lipu Taro looped Meat
Lipu Taro Looped Meat is a famous traditional dish of Guilin. It is made of taro from Lipu, streaky pork with skin, pepper, mashed onion, preserved bean-curd of Guilin, cooking wine, sugar etc.
Steamed Mandarin Fish from Li River
The most important feature of Steamed Li River fish is its tenderness. When you put the fish in your mouth, you don´t even have to chew because it will melt itself and give you the best taste of fish you´ve ever eaten. Accompanied with special sweet sauce, the steamed fish appears to be the best choice for people who prefer light flavour food.
Gingko Stewed with Old Duck
This is one of the most famous and popular dishes in Guilin, and it appears on family dinner tables often. The most important ingredients are old duck and baiguo (Gingko) which is famous Chinese medicine. Stewing makes the final soup tasty and nutritious.
Braised Duck Covered with Lotus Leaf
Deep flied duck, then covered with braised with the fresh Lotus leaf, together with some meat, shrimp, mushroom, preserved ham.
Yangshuo Beer Fish
Fish from Li river is cooked he local beer is the most popular Yangshuo. The fish is cooked in beer with some local vegetables. The fish can contain bones but the meat tastes delicious.
Stuffed Li River snails
Before cooked the snail should be maintain in the clean water for two days. The snails are stuffed with minced pork and a small amount of vegetables and mint and the cooked in a light sauce. They´re a little spicy.
Sponge Cake- in mandarin it means wealth
It is a traditional snack in Guilin. They are usually eaten at a happy event to show the wish and the blessing for a happy life. The main material of the sponge cake is sticky rice and polished japonica rice. They are soft and delicious with pleasant fragrant.
Water Nut Cake
The shape is like a horse´s hoof, and is made of water nut flour with sugar, milk and coco as dressing. They are usually sold in the cool season. Besides the delicious flavor, the food is said be good for health.
It is mainly made of sticky rice flour, polished japonica rice flour and brown sugar. The color is bright. It¡¯s like a flower at the top of the cake.
Oil-tea (You Cha)
Oil-tea is the flavor of Guilin. Every county of Guilin has the habit of drinking oil-tea. The most famous one is Gongcheng oil-tea. When you drink the Oil-tea first time, you will feel a little bitter. It is said that the more you drink the more you will like it.
The thing that sets one dish apart from another is the soup, which is made of pork, steak, Lo Han Kuo, and various seasonings. Depending on the ingredients used in the soup, rice noodles can be divided into vegetable, three-fresh, original soup, spicy and sour, beef, and horse meat rice noodles. The horse meat rice noodles of Huixian Lou are the most famous.
Other well-known rice-noodle eateries include: Youyi Xuan, located at Jie Fang West Road;
Qin Ji; opposite to the Guilin Bus Station;
Rong Gui, which has branches all over the city;
Liu Bo Niang, which also has branches all over the city;
Shi Ji on the opposite to Weixiao Tang, Sheng Li West Road;
Shengli at Shengli Lou, Wayao Road; and
Weixiang Guan at Zhongshan Road and Yi Road
For your reference, the following are the restaurants rated most popular by the locals:
Guilin Bravo Hotel Restaurant
Location: No.14 Rong Hu South Road
Style: Sichuan cuisine
Tong Lai Guan
Location: No. 4, Zhongshan Middle Road, opposite to Guilin Hotel
Style: Local snacks and traditional dishes
Lao Xiang Qin Restaurant
Location: southeast of Shizijie Square
Style: Beijng and Tianjin cuisine
Guilin Ren Chain Restaurant
The leading caterer in Guilin. The chain restaurants are spread throughout the city.
Zhengyang Soup City
Location: Zhengyang Street
Style: Typical Cantonese soups and dishes. More than 30 kinds of soups are served daily.
Hao Da Ma Cate Square
Location: Fl. 4, Bagui Building
Style: Buffet featuring a variety of snacks. Also from here, you can enjoy the bustling Center Square and Zhongshan Road.
For western food lovers, the following western restaurants are good choices:
Mingtien Coffee Language
This is a chain coffee bar with locations all over China.
Address: Zhengyang Street
Specialty: New Zealand steak and veal steak
Guilin Ren Western Restaurant
Address: Yiren Road
Specialty: New Zealand steak and Indonesian fried rice
Address: Zhongshan Middle Road
Specialty: New Zealand steak
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