Guizhou Gourmet Tour: Guizhou Gourmet Tour: Must-have Local Dishes and SnacksMust-have Local Dishes and Snacks

Guizhou cuisine, also named Qian cuisine, is a nice combination of Guiyang cuisine, Qianbei (North Guizhou) cuisine and the classic part of Chinese ethnic cuisine. Guizhou cuisine is of spicy and sour flavor and features comprehensive culinary arts and skills. If you are a foodie, and travelling around Guizhou, make sure you have tried the best-known local food.

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Spicy diced chicken with peanuts (宫保鸡丁)

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Spare ribs steamed with straw (稻香排骨)

Guizhou cuisine

Griddle Cooked Chicken with Pepper (干锅鸡)

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Fish in sour soup (酸汤鱼)

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Si wa wa (丝娃娃)

Millet dessert (小米喳)

Chitterlings & pig-blood noodles (肠旺面)

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Beef rice noodles (牛肉粉)

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Toufu Balls (豆腐圆子)

Bean paste pancake (豆沙窝)

Vegetarian noodles / rice noodles (素面/素粉)

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Potato pancake (洋芋耙)

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Guiyang glutinous rice (糯米饭)

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Fried shredded toufu (手撕豆腐)

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Burning noodles (燃面)

shredded chicken& tofu pudding noodles (鸡丝豆花面) 

8 Famous Noodles to Try in China

China is a foodie heaven, showcased in the eight Great cuisines and thousands of dishes and delicacies. But it isn’t all about dining in the luxury restaurants with a rich feast. It also shows very unique style and great attainments in noodle – a simple but most popular food in China. Noodles are easy to cook, with a wide range of cooking methods and ever-changing flavors. Here is a list of China’s top 10 noodles.

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1. Fried Bean Sauce Noodles (炸酱面)

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Beijing’s most iconic noodles – the noodles are stirred with small pieces of vegetables and fried sauce. Prepare the cucumber, cedrela sinensis, bean sprouts, green beans and soybeans as the side dishes. Then fry the bean source based on ground meat, onion, ginger and soybean paste.

2. Hot Dry Noodle (热干面)

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It is Huhan people’s favorite food, and the most popular breakfast in Wuhan. The noodles are in medium size and of light yellow color. It tastes slightly spicy and salty.

3. The Shaved Noodles (刀削面)

Chinese noodles

The shaved noodles feature authentic Shanxi flavor. Knead dough into regiment, and slice it into medium-thick pieces and boil them. When the noodles are done, add minced meat and seasonings.

4. Lanzhou Hand Pull Noodles (兰州拉面)

Chinese handmade noodles
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Hand-pulled noodle is a type of Lanzhou noodle. It’s very dramatic to watch the noodles being made. The dough is twisted, stretched and folded, then made into strands. The side dishes include sliced cucumber, chill oil, egg, beef and coriander Leaf. And the soup is boiled by cattle bones or sheep bones.

5. Dan Dan Noodles (担担面)

what noodles to eat in China

A popular dish in the gourmet city, Dan Dan Noodles are made by hand roll, and taste excellent.

6. Pian Er Chuan Noodles (片儿川)

China Hangzhou noodles

A famous local delicacy in Hangzhou, the noodles are cooked with light soup, and stirred with delicious toppings including fresh potherb mustard, fresh bamboo shoots and lean meat.

7. Stewed Noodles (烩面)

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It is a traditional snack in Henan province, Central China. There are mutton stewed noodles, beef stewed noodles and five-delicacies stewed noodles.

8. Wonton Noodles (馄饨面)

Wonton and noodles

Wonton Noodles are most famous in Hong Kong and Canton area. The wonton stuffing is made of lean meat, shrimps, crabs or any other sea food. And the noodles are cooked in chicken soup or nutrition soup.

The Famous Chinese Spicy Dishes: How to Cook Chicken with Chilies

For many foodies, of all the Chinese food, the spicy dishes usually served in Sichuan and Hunanrestaurants fascinate them the most. It’s hard to beat Chinese spicy food as one of the must-try experiences when touring China. Here, we offer this recipe with a set of instructions telling you how to cook Chicken with Chilies, one the most famous and delicious Chinese spicy dishes!

The way to cook Chicken with Chilies (辣子鸡)

1. Prepare the ingredients: one chicken with appropriate fried peanuts, salt, white sugar, onion, dry red pepper, chili, vegetable oil, cooking wine, and a little garlic, ginger and chicken powder seasoning.

Ingredients for Cooking Chinese Food

2. Clean the chicken, cut it into smaller pieces, then mixed with cooking wine and salt, and wait for 20 minutes.

3. Cut onion, garlic and dry red pepper into slices

4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the chicken pieces with ginger, fry them to golden, then remove the oil.

5. Fry the chicken pieces again until golden brown, crispy, then put them into a plate.

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6. Heat up the oil again, fry the onion, garlic slices, later put into the dry red pepper and chili, stir-fry over low heat until hot and fragrant.

7. Stir-fry chicken pieces with the hot and fragrant seasoning in the pan.

8. The last step is to add with the fried peanuts, sprinkle a little chicken powder seasoning, white sugar and onion slices, and stir well.

Cook Chicken with Chilies

Finally, a dish of nice and mouthwatering Chicken with Chilies is ready!

Chicken with Chilies

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Discover the Many Flavors of Breakfast in China

It’s hard to beat various kinds of Chinese breakfast as one of the most authentic and vibrant ways to experience the local cuisine.

When travelling in China, instead of seriously having Western buffet at hotel, why not search out for the most usual yet popular and mouth-watering breakfast? Whether you are obsessed with feasting on Chinese dumplings and noodles, sipping a nutrition soup or chewing the yummy big pancakes, the following Chinese breakfast is to whet your appetite.

Guangzhou – stick rice with chicken 

Guangzhou Breakfast

Guangzhou is hailed as the food paradise in China and boasts very special tea dim sum as daily breakfast. Stick rice with chicken covered by lotus leaf is one of them, which looks fairly plain but stands out for excellent taste, light lotus scent and surprising stuffing including barbecued pork, mushroom and salted egg yellow.

Shanghai – steamed pork bun

Shanghai steamed bunShanghai breakfast

Many food cultures have been influencing Shanghai’s breakfast. Steamed pork bun originally from Yangzhou city is favored by both Shanghai people and visitors as breakfast and snack. It is big in size and eaten with a straw to sip the fresh pureed soup first. Steamed pork bun always reminds visitors of the unique flavor of Shanghai.

Guilin – Guilin rice noodles 

Guilin Rice Noodles

Guilin is not only famous for its surreal (Karst) landscape, but also the yummy rice noodles – a must for all local people in the morning. This breakfast needs complex skill on making ingredients, fine brine and bone soup, and could be very spicy if you prefers.

Yellow Mountain – fresh soup wonton

Yellow Mountain Food

A visit to Yellow Mountain or Huangshan city, you should never miss the fresh soup wonton at a vendor’s stall or snack shop for breakfast. The wonton wrapper is hand-made into crystal translucent, while the soup is carefully processed by pork bones.

Beijing – soya bean milk and fried dough stick

Beijing Breakfast

Soya bean milk and fried dough sticks is a perfect match and the most usual breakfast for millions of Chinese people in the morning, especially for Beijingers. Other usual breakfast in Beijing include cruller, porridge, pancake, etc.

Tianjin – Fruit pancake 

Tianjin Food

A very popular kind of breakfast and snack in Tianjin, the fruit pancake has spread to all over China. It is made up of an egg pancake, caraway, cruller and matched with spicy or sweet soybean sauce. Local people call cruller guozi (fruit), thus fruit pancake.

Chongqing – Xiao Mian (Little noodles) 

Chongqing Breakfast

Xiao Mian noodle is known as the standard breakfast for Chongqing people, featuring rich aroma of pepper. It pay much attention to the dozens of ingredient and seasonings, including fried peanuts, soybean, sesame paste, pepper powder, caraway, garlic, sesame oil and so forth.


Chinese breakfast Dumpling

Famous Snacks to Try in China’s 10 Cities

Chinese are good at cooking, any ingredients could be cooked into delicacy, and this is evidence in the street food, which is fun, special, absolutely delicious and great value! Make sure you try the snack food when visiting China’s top cuisine cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou…

1. Beijing

Douzhi’er (豆汁) is the most typical traditional drink in Beijing, which is made from mung beans and tastes slightly sour, loved by old Beijingers.

Fried Sauce Noodles or Zhajiangmian (炸酱面) is a flavorful dish of thick wheat noodles covered with a mixture of ground meat stir-fried with fermented soybean paste.

Kaorouwan (烤肉宛) refers to a barbecue restaurant located in Inner St., Xuanwu Gate, Xicheng District, first found in 1686. It is most well-known for roast beef and favored by many famous people such as painter Qi Baishi and Beijing Opera artist Mei Lanfang.

2. Shanghai

Steamed Buns (小笼包) are the iconic food of Shanghai, famous for thin peeling, fresh stuffing, multi juice, delicious flavor and cute shape. Try the Steam Buns of Nanxiang with a history of over 100 years in Town God Temple, which is known as “the heaven of snacks”.

3. Xian

Dumpling Banquet (饺子宴) is renovated from traditional dumpling, and brought forth new ideas on the color, taste, shape and the cooking method, with nearly 120 varieties. Xi’an Jiefang Road Dumpling Restaurant and De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant are the best places to have authentic Dumpling Banquet.

Paomo (泡馍) is a featured Xian snack, with a great amount of baked bun soaked in mutton soup or beef soup, called Yangrou Paomo (羊肉泡馍) or Niurou Paomo (牛肉泡馍).

4. Nanjing

Fuzimiao Dining Street (夫子庙小吃街) – Strolling on this bustling dining street, you’ll find a variety of local specialties including griddle-fried pancakes, spicy Gan Si, wheat cake baked with duck oil, tea eggs, bean boiled in tea, dumplings…

5. Kunming

Yunnan Rice Noodles or Crossing the bridge noodles (过桥米线) are served with a large bowl of boiling hot soup and the soup ingredients separate. Ingredients may include several slices of ham, chicken, tine peas, chives, vegetables and rice noodles. And the more you pay the more ingredients you’ll get.

6. Chengdu

Long Chao Shou (龙抄手) is what Sichuan locals call wontons, similar to dumpling, also stuffed with pork and vegetables, but of thinner crust and served in a bowl of soup.

7. Fuzhou

In Fuzhou An Tai Lou Restaurant (安泰楼, located on No. 39, Jibi Road), visitors will have chance to feast on the most famous Min dishes like Fo Tiao Qiang and Li Zhi Rou (Litchi Pork), as well as fun local snacks as many as 200 varieties, including Yu Wan (Fish Ball), Li Bing (Oyster Cake), Chun Juan (Spring Roll), Yan Pi (Dried Meat)…

8. Guangzhou

Chang Fen or steamed vermicelli roll (肠粉) is a very popular dim sum in Guangzhou. It is a thin roll made of rice, filled with pork, fish, beef, shrimp or vegetables inside, and often topped with soy sauce.

9. Taipei

For people fond of oysters or seafood, Oyster Omelet (蚵仔煎) is a great choice in Taipei. It is available at almost every night market in Taiwan. The oysters are wrapped by an omelet coated in potato starch and tapioca. Oyster Omelet taste sweet and sour, and sometimes spicy if mixed with chili sauce.

Bun in a Bun or Dabing Bao Xiaobing (大饼包小饼) is one of the most popular snacks in Taipei’s Shilin night market. A crispy bun, the ‘xiao bing.” is wrapped by a flour tortilla, which is the ‘da bing”. Various flavors, of both sweet and salt are served.

10. Hong Kong

Gai daan jai (鸡蛋仔) is mainly made of egg, sugar, flour, and light evaporated milk, crispy, fragrant and simply delicious. Some stores create different flavors by adding chocolate, strawberry and other ingredients. Remember to eat Gai daan jai before it gets cold.

Put chai ko or Red Bean Pudding (砵仔糕) is a good dessert especially loved by children with a sweet flavor.

Tianjin Goubuli Baozi

Goubuli Baozi,Tianjin Food

Goubuli Baozi,Tianjin Food

Goubuli is a famous brand of baozi from Tianjin. Founded in 1858, it is one of China’s longest established brands. Guobuli has the alarming literally translation ‘dogs won’t touch them’ or ‘dog doesn’t care’.

Several explanations have been offered for its unusual name; the most popular is that it comes from a childhood nickname of the founder, Gao Gui You. Given to protect Gao from bad luck, his parents nicknamed him Gou Zi, or “Doggy” when he was young. The child grew up to become an accomplished chef whose steamed dumplings were very delicious. His buns were so popular that the customers would have difficulty getting his attention. Thus, there was a joke amongst his customers that Gou zi ignores us, hence the name “Goubuli”. Over time, the bun became widely known as “Goubuli Baozi”.

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant,Tianjin

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant,Tianjin

So, whatever you taste in Tianjin, Goubuli is an essential part of you visit, just like Peking roast duck for Beijing tour.

Lucky Food for Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

As a popular Chinese saying goes, food is heaven for the people. It is not surprising that food plays a major role in any Chinese festivals. During Spring Festival, several “lucky” foods are served to celebrating Chinese New Year. As their names are homophones for words that mean good things, they are consumed to usher in wealth, happiness, and good fortune.

Fish is always a must for new year’s celebration because it is a symbol of prosperity. The pronunciation of “fish” (鱼) in Chinese makes it a homophone for “surpluses”(余). It is customary to serve a fish for the New Year’s Eve dinner. Usually, fish is not cut into pieces, but cooked as a whole. When fish is placed on the dining table, its head must be at the elders, as a sign of respect. In most areas, fish is not eaten completely (and the remainder is stored overnight), as the Chinese phrase “may there be surpluses every year” (年年有余) sounds the same as “may there be fish every year”.

Fish, Lucky Food for Chinese New Year

Fish, a symbol of prosperity, make it a homophone for “surpluses”.

Jiaozi or Chinese dumplings are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year and year round in the Northern provinces. Jiaozi symbolize wealth because its shape resembles a gold or silver ingot. Chinese people make dumplings after reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and the preparation is similar to packaging luck inside the dumpling. When people eat Jiaozi around midnight, they hope that it will bring prosperity and good luck for the forthcoming year.

Jiaozi, Lucky Food for Chinese New Year

Jiaozi symbolizes wealth, for it looks like a gold or silver ingot.

Niangao literally means “new year cake” with a homophonous meaning of “higher year”. It is a kind of sticky cake made of glutinous rice flour and sugar in the shape of rectangle or circular. The color of the sugar used determines the color of Niaogao (white or brown). Chinese people usually send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the coming days of the new year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during Spring Festival, for its symbolism of “promoting year by year”.

Niaogao, Lucky Food for Spring Festival

Niaogao, with a meaning of “promoting year by year”.

Tangyuan, also called Yuexiao in Northern China, is a boiled glutinous rice ball with stuffing. Its name “Tang-yuan” in Chinese has similar pronunciation as the word for “reunion”. It is eaten traditionally on Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 1st month in Chinese lunar calendar. Thus, Chinese people also call the day “Yuanxiao Festival”. It officially ends the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations.

Tangyuan, Lucky Food for Spring Festival

Tangyuan signifies “reunion” for their similar pronunciation in Chinese.