It is said that Guiyang people working outside Guiyang would be sure to lick their lips when they think of the food of their hometown. This reflects their love of food and the culture. Food there mainly includes Qian cuisine or and local snacks.
Qian Cuisine or Guizhou Food tastes numb and spicy, which are two indispensable elements in Guiyang food. Numb refers to the condiment made from several spices and the spicy is mainly refined from the red pepper.
Another typical local dish, Suan Tang Yu (Sour Soup Fish) is most delicious. Originating not in Guiyang, but in the Miao region, this dish has become a typical dish in this city. You can have the dish at Kaili Sour Sour Fish Restaurant, No. 55, Shengfu Lu.
Si Wa Wa (Sliced Vegetable Baby) could well be the cheapest local snack. It literarily means the Baby because it takes the shape of a baby in swaddling clothes. Actually it is a thin cake made of flour and stuffed with various sliced cooked vegetables such as the carrot, radish, celerie and other vegetables. Sour and spicy juices are necessities when tasting the Si Wa Wa.
Zhangji Si Wa Wa: at the entrance of Wenhua Lu
Chang Wang Mian (Chang Wang Noodle) could be the most popular snack in the city. The name of Chang Wang implies auspiciousness. With a long history of more than 100 years, Chang Wang Noodle has been highly-praised by the local people.
Lian'ai Doufu Guo (The Bean Curd in Love) is another famous Guiyang snack. It has an interesting name and also an interesting method of preparation that is to cut a piece of bean curd horizontally, fill it with vegetables and sliced meat, then to toast the bean curd until it turns golden and then sprinkle with sesame oil and other condiments. The finished bean curd tastes excellent! As for its interesting name, it is told that lovers often share the bean curd with each other, which add romance to the food; hence the name. Locals have this snack together with the soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and shallot.
Spring Chicken is another savory local snack. Bai Shi Ji Spring Chicken Restaurant on Xingguan Lu enjoys great fame all over the city It also has branches outside of the city in major cities such as Kunming and Chengdu.
Where to Eat
The Qian cuisine is recommended to be sampled at restaurants serving the local dishes, like the Yayuan, Yixin Yuan and Buyi restaurants. In lots of star hotels such as the Trade-Point, Guizhou and Guiyang Plaza hotels, Qian Cai, Sichuan, Canton and the Western Cuisine are served.
Near the fountain in the city center, there are two famous snack streets, Hequn Lu and Shaanxi Lu. A variety of food is available here, Si Wa Wa and rice noodle. The night market here will usually stay open until around 03:00 the next day.
It has branches all over China, but the head office here in Huaxi serves the most local and delicious rice noodle of all.
Liuji Chang Wang Noodle
Location: Waihuan Lu – near the Provincial Hospital of Guizhou
Ding Guan Cheng
Location: at the expressway entrance to the airport
The specialties of this restaurant are the Sour Soup Fish (Suan Tang Yu) and the Miao people's dance show.
Jue Yuan Zhai
Location: No. 11, Shushui Bei Lu
Chan Yue Su Yuan
Location: No. 8, Shenqi Lu
You can surely cook food by yourself and the food materials are accessible in supermarkets. The monthly expense of a regular apartment is CNY800-1,200, with a bed room, a toilet and bathroom. Turn to an apartment rental agent and they will manage this for you.
I see a few Indians on the street, but not sure if there are many. By the way, I am a Chinese and studied there for three years.
If it is OK, the restaurant is at 1F, Fudu Mansion, No. 123, South Fushui Road and it is called Chan Yue Fo Tuo (禅悦酥陀).
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