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Guilin Food

If you are having a Guilin package tour,tasting the Guilin cuisine is a must,our Guilin travel guide will provide some information about the food in Guilin,thus making your China tours perfect.
Guilin cuisine is typified by its sweetness and delicate use of spice and chili. Bamboo leaves stuffed with sweet rice and rice noodles are the two great snacks available all over Guilin and are a delicious snack. If you are a foodie, Guilin food shouldn’t be missed during your Guilin tour.


Guilin cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese styles. It is characterized by its sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili. Many foods have a sour or spicy taste. Stir-frying and steaming are the most common cooking methods of Guilin Cuisine. Wild plants and animals, which are rarely eaten in the West, are sometimes found in Guilin Cuisine.

The traditional dishes in Guilin:

Stuffed Li River Snails (Yangshuo Niang Tianluo) 阳朔酿田螺

Snail shells are stuffed with minced pork and a small amount of vegetables and mint, and then cooked in a light sauce. They’re often a little spicy.

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.

  • Recommended site:Jufulin Restaurant
  • Address: 10 Zhengyang Road

Steamed Li River Fish (Qingzheng Lijiang yu) 清蒸漓江鱼

Steamed Li River FishThe 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 a special sweet sauce, the steamed fish appears to be the best choice for people who prefer lightly flavored food.


Yangshuo 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.

  • Recommended site:Xie Dajie Restaurant
  • Address: Diecui Road

Chicken and Gecko Stew (Gejie Dun Quanji) 蛤蚧炖全鸡

The ingredients include a young chicken, two geckos, some lichee, and several pieces of ham. The gejie is a large nocturnal gecko, which eats insect, birds and small snakes. It is on the secondary national protected species list.

Lotus Leaf Braised Duck (Guilin Heye Ya) 桂林荷叶鸭

Lotus Leaf Braised DuckDeep-fried duck covered with a fresh lotus leaf, then braised, served with some pork, shrimp, mushroom and preserved ham.


Guilin Rice Noodles (Mifen)

Taking pride of place as the most popular local snack (or breakfast, lunch or dinner) in Guilin, mifen is pliable but strong, fragrant and mellow, and cheap (2.5 yuan for a bowl). Guilin rice noodles can probably be found within 100m of any town or city area.

  • Recommended site:Wangjiao Restaurant
  • Address: 268 Zhongshan Zhong Road

Oil Tea (You Cha)

Oil Tea is a distinctive flavor of Guilin. Every county of Guilin has people who regularly drink oil tea; however the most famous oil tea drinkers are the Yao people of Gongcheng.
Oil tea is prepared by frying tealeaves with garlic, salt, ginger, chili, possibly other ingredients and of course oil (usually peanut oil) in a wok. Water is then added and the mixture boiled. The tea, which is more like a broth, is poured through a wickerwork sieve (or tea strainer). The leaves in the strainer may be pounded with a hammer-like wooden pestle to release the flavor. Oil tea has a greeny-gray color and a strong taste. 
It is good for waking one up in the morning due to the caffeine content. It is drunk or spooned from bowls, and what in the West might be regarded as breakfast cereals – puffed rice and cereal balls, along with crispy fried dough sticks and peanuts - are added to the broth.

Sponge Cake (Fa Gao)

fagaoIt is a traditional snack in Guilin. They are usually eaten at happy events to represent best wishes and blessings for a happy life. The Chinese fa gao (sponge cake) has the same pronunciation as words that mean to grow taller or become higher, which again has the deeper meaning of becoming more successful and prosperous. The main material of the sponge cake is sticky rice and polished japonica rice. They are soft and delicious, with a pleasant fragrance.


Water Chestnut Cake (Mati Gao)

The cakes are shaped like a horse’s hoof, which is another meaning of mati (water chestnut). They are made of water chestnut, flour, sugar and milk, with cocoa as dressing. They are usually sold in the cool season.

  • Recommended site: Loushi Cake Shop
  • Address: 20 Yangshuo Diecui Road

Having known so many delicious foods, you cannot wait to taste all of them, so don’t be hesitate, come to Guilin and enjoy these good foods right now! Let’s have a Guilin China travel.

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