Guilin is famous for its exotic dishes
and the sight of dogs, birds, turtles, snakes
and other weird and wonderful animals in their
cages is not unusual here! Don't be afraid though,
if you are not feeling especially brave, there
are plenty of tasty options for those who prefer
their food to be dead before it arrives at the
Guilin cuisine is also typified by
its sweetness and delicate use of spice and chili.
Bamboo leaves stuffed with sweet rice are a great
Guilin snack available all over the city and also
in some of the restaurants. The city also has
some fine upmarket restaurants where you can sample
typical local dishes. The Guilin Hotel Restaurant
has a nice environment to sample some of this
food and the Chicken Balls with chestnut are especially
If you fancy a break from Chinese
food there are also some fantastic options available
here. The Empire Garden Hotel Restaurant has a
fabulous Japanese and French restaurant where
you can sample good food amidst an elegant environment.
The little town of Yangshuo also has some surprisingly
good western style restaurants where you can sit
back and relax in peaceful and friendly surroundings.
Chicken Balls with Chestnut
This is a traditional Guilin dish, available in
all the top restaurants in town. To prepare this
dish, chestnuts are fried together with diced
chicken and mushrooms and then made into small
balls before serving.
Rice wrapped in Bamboo
Glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves is a variation
on the popular snack of Rice wrapped in Lotus
leaves. The rice in these Guilin parcels is also
sweeter than other variations and often flavored
with chestnut or lotus seed paste.
Guilin rice noodles come in two different varieties;
round (mifeng) or flat (tiaofeng). Guilin rice
noodles are normally served with beef or pork
gravy in Guilin and the Weixiang Eating House
specialize in serving up delicious bowls of these
The snails served up in Guilin are ones which
live in the paddy fields. They are very small
but have a strong and distinctive flavor although
eating them can be a bit of a chore as it involves
sucking or picking out the meat of the snail from
beneath the shell.
Stewed chicken with Clams
The best place to sample this dish is in the Ronghu
Restaurant which is where the dish was first invented!
This is a very tasty way to eat chicken which
is stewed with clams and ham in an earthenware
pot for two hours before serving.
For many China weary travelers to Guilin, one
of the high points of the trip is the plethora
of western style restaurants in Yangshuo. This
area has become a kind of westerners stop-off
and recovery point, and many people find it difficult
to leave the quaint streets and banana filled
pancakes! Amongst the "specialties"
served here are great beef burgers, real hot chocolate
and huge pizzas! See the restaurant listings for