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Guilin Food and Drink

The scenery of Guilin is ”the best under the heaven” and the food and drinks in this area are special and tasteful. Your journey in Guilin will not complete with an exploration of the Food in Guilin.

Guilin Rice Noodles (Guilin Mifen)

Guilin Rice Noodle is one of the most famous foods throughout China. It is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner by local people. Guilin Rice Noodles are pliable but strong, fragrant and mellow, and very cheap. They are made from oil and rice flower and cooked in the broth and served in a bowl of soup made from pork, beef, garlic, peanuts, peppers, and radishes. There are many rice noodle restaurants in Guilin and they are quite easy to be found.

Guilin Rice Noodles

Guilin Rice Noodles

It is a staple of Guilin people’s diet and is a delicious and cheap. If you come to Guilin, Guilin Rice Noodles can’t be missed.

Yangshuo Beer Fish

Yangshuo Beer fish is one of the famous dishes in Guilin. You should not miss it. It is made from freshly caught river fish and fried with beer, hot and green peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes and some secret ingredients. The fish's skin is crispy and its meat is moist and tender. Eating Yangshuo’s beer fish will be an unforgettable culinary experience.

Yangshuo Beer Fish

Yangshuo Beer Fish

Stuffed River Snails

It is one of the most traditional local dishes in the Guilin area. The meat of snail in Li River is quite chewy and delicious so eating snails has a long history in Guilin. The snail meat is chopped into small pieces with pork and spring onions together. After seasoning the ingredient, the meat is stuffed back into the snail shells and cooked on a high heat.

Stuffed River Snails

Stuffed River Snails

Lipu Taro Looped Meat

Lipu Taro Looped Meat is a famous traditional dish served in the traditional Guilin banquets. It is always found during festivals or important events such as wedding banquet. It gets its name from Lipu (a county in the south of Guilin Prefecture). It is made with taro and streaky pork with meat, fat and skin. The meat is first cooked, then steamed with the taro, pepper, mashed onion, preserved Guilin bean curd, cooking wine, sugar and other condiments.

Lipu Taro Looped Meat

Lipu Taro Looped Meat

Zhuang Minority Bamboo Rice

It is very popular in Longji Rice Terraces area Zhuang Minority bamboo rice uses a flesh bamboo from the high mountains as a container. Hollow Bamboo pieces about 50 centimeters long are stuffed with rice, meat and water and banana leaves used to close the opening. The bamboo is roasted in fire until it turns brown. Cut the bamboo skin into thin strips and peel it back like peeling a banana. The rice inside the bamboo is soft and it absorbs the fragrance from the bamboo. You can’t not miss it when you visit the Longji Rice Terraces.

Zhuang Minority Bamboo Rice

Zhuang Minority Bamboo Rice

Oil Tea

Oil Tea is a distinctive flavor of Guilin. Many locals drink oil tea regularly. 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. Oil Tea is good for heath. Some of the local people use the Oil Tea to treat cold.

Oil Tea

Oil Tea

Rice Wine

The rice wine in Guilin is different from the other places in Guilin as always the osmanthus are put in the wine. It is very fragrant, and is available in small bottles. Please have a try when you in Guilin.

The foods & drinks are quite delicious, health benefit, popular and can be easily found in the restaurant in Guilin. When you visit Guilin, please do have a try and they will give you an unforgettable memory.

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