Many famous food of Dali are made of fish, such as Fish cooked in Earthware Pot and Hot and Sour Fish with greengage. Travelers can also taste various kinds of food with strong Bai ethnic group and Zang ethnic group flavor.
Dali Featured Food:
The Local Eight Bowls Of Bai People
The Local Eight Bowls is the very symbol of the traditional food culture of Bai people. The table used in the feast is the old fashioned square table for eight people. It is made from marbles. There are eight courses altogether, and that is why the name of the Local Eight Bowls comes into being. In the Local Eight Bowls, meat dish and vegetable dish are arranged with reason. There are all kinds of dishes like blasted dish, crisp dish, braised dish and steamed dish. The courses are colourful and give prominence to the special taste of Bai people: vinegary and hot. The materials for the feast are very simple, but the scene is grand and the etiquette is complicated. The utensils used here are usually local earthen bowls, and red bamboo chopsticks which do not look coarse or too simple. Few people use high-grade china. The dining tables are fine and exquisite. They are usually the old fashioned square tables for eight people. The tables are engraved with flowers and painted with local la
Sand-pot fish is a famous local dish of Dali. Put slender chicken and more than ten seasonings like dried mushrooms into the sand-pot. Then add some bow fish or carp caught in Erhai Lake into the pot. Stew them slowly. The tourists can taste sand-pot fish on the yachts or in all the restaurants in Dali or Xiaguan. Sand-pot fish is 20 yuan every pot. One pot is enough for three to four people. It is really delicious.
Ersi And Erquai
Ersi is somewhat like rice noodle. It is slender and good to eat. When eating Erquai, you have to put some thick chilli sauce or minced meat sauce onto two pieces of cakes, and put them together. Erquai has a tender flavor, and is good to smell.