Guilin is not only a heaven for photographers and trekkers but also a paradise for food lovers. You can find a great eatery or restaurant in every corner of this beautiful town. Guilin cuisine is a mixture of Cantonese cuisine (light and sweet) and Hunanese styles (spicy and sour). The main cooking techniques used for Guilin foods are stir-frying, braising, and steaming. Unlike in Hong Kong and Shanghai where you should try dumplings and dim sum, in Guilin, we recommend noodles, meat, poultry and fish dishes.

Mifen (Guilin Rice Noodles)

If you ask a local person what his favorite Guilin food is, he will probably response: ‘Guilin Rice Noodles’. Invented in Qin Dynasty (2200 years ago), this dish still remains its top position in the best Guilin cuisines. With abundance water resource from Li River, it is definitely that rice is the main crop in Guilin. There are two kinds of Guilin Rice Noodles: round noodles and flat noodles. The round one is suitable to try either with or without soup. However, the flat one will be amazing when enjoying with rich broth made from pork bone and other seasonings.

Guilin Rice Noodles are usually eaten with pork, beef, sausage and even horseflesh. Peanuts, soybeans, scallions, chili and green onions are also added to enhance the flavor. As this is the most popular dish in Guilin, you will see many kinds of people when entering a mifen restaurant: young fashionable ladies, students, elders, and office workers.

Where to try Guilin Rice Noodles?

  • Chong Shan MiFen: No. 5 Yi Ren Road, Xiufeng District
  • Shenlu Mifen: East end of Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Xiufeng District
  • Youyixuan Horse Meat Rice Noodles: Lequn Road, near Lequn Food Market, Zhongshan Middle Road

Lipu Yutou Kourou (Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf)

This dish is the specialty of Lipu County and usually served in wedding and other festivals. Pork belly and lipu taro are the main two ingredient of this dish. The pork is first boiled, then added salt and honey, and fried. The taro is carefully cut to make sure that it is of the same size with the meat. It is deep-fried separately until it turns to beautiful golden color. Later, the pork and taro are steamed with some seasonings such as salt, soy sauce, sugar, mashed onion, white wine, and pepper powder. To ensure that these two ingredients mix well together, the chefs place the taro between each piece of pork.

Oil Tea

This dish is originated in Gongcheng County of Guilin and used to be considered as a breakfast for local people. Now, it is a popular dish for tourists to try when coming to Guilin. As the name suggests, this dish is made from two ingredients: oil and tea. Old leaves of black tea are used to make this food. People fry tealeaves with other ingredients such as garlic, salt, ginger, chili, and peanut oil to add tantalizing aroma for the dish. To minimize the smoky taste of tealeaves, they add hot water so that the mixture is boiled. Lastly, scallion and coriander are added to enhance the taste.

Yangshuo Pijiu Yu (Yangshou Beer Fish)

Li River supplies a variety of fresh fish for Yangshou County, including the succulent beer fish. The carp fish from Li River is fried with camellia oil. Then, it is added high-quality local beer and the mixture will be boiled with soy sauce, tomatoes, green onion and ginger. The chefs will adjust the fire – higher temperature first, lower temperature later to ensure the fish is chewy. Peppercorn is sprinkled to make this dish tastier.

Baiguo Dun Laoya (Gingko stewed with Old Duck)

Baiguo Dun Laoya is really nutritious and healthy since it is made from old duck and gingko (baiguo), a famous Chinese herbal medicine. This dish is beneficial for your lungs, especially if you  are suffering from asthma.

Most famous restaurant in Guilin

  • Jinlong Zhai Restaurant: Floor 4, Shanhu Lake Hotel, Guilin Central Square, Xiufeng District
  • Forrest Gump Restaurant: 11 Pedestrian Street, Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District
  • Chunji Shao’e Restaurant: 2, Zhongshan Middle Road, Xiufeng District
  • Golden Oriole Hotel Floor 6 Restaurant: 8 Binjiang Road, opposite Elephant Trunk Hill Park, Xiufeng District
  • The Old House Restaurant: 8 Zhongshan South Road, near Nanxi Park, Xiangshan District
  • Li River’s Story Restaurant: in Chuanshan Park, Qixing District
  • Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Restaurant : 26 Moon Hill Village, Gaotian District, Yangshuo
  • Ping’an Hotel Restaurant: Ping’an Village, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng
  • Ronghu Lake Hotel ‘Vegetarian Art Pavilion’ Restaurant: 16 North Ronghu Road, Xiufeng District