Guilin Food

Last updated by david at 2013-11-3

Overview

Guilin food is a mixture of Cantonese cuisine and Hunan-style cuisine. The food in Guilin has a sour and spicy flavor. Sugar and peppers are widely used into a lot of dishes while the spicy flavor is delicate. Food in Guilin is mainly adopted the Stir-frying and steaming cook ways. Fish and rice noodles play an important role in people’s life in Guilin. 

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Guilin Rice Noodles 
 
Guilin Rice Noodles
 
Guilin rice noodles (Guilin Mifen) are the most famous and popular local staples. Usually, people in Guilin tend to eat it in the morning. Guilin Rice Noodles are consisted of fresh rice noodles, gravy, meat and fried soybeans or peanuts. Scallion in pieces, chili, and pickled condiments such as pickled bamboo or beans with a spicy taste are added into the rice noodles depending on people’s tastes. Horseflesh rice noodles is the most special rice noodles among the rice noodles. Guilin rice noodles are a cheap and delicious staple.
 
Casserole meal
 
Casserole Meal
 
Casserole meal (Shaguofan in Chinese) is a very common meal for an ordinary person in Guilin. There are several eating styles of casserole meals. One is that the rice is well cooked in the casserole and people can order the cooked vegetables and meat. There is another option that people go to the restaurants and order the uncooked meat, then the restaurants start to cook the polished rice and the meat people ordered. This Casserole meal takes a longer time.
 
Oil-tea
 
Oil Tea
 
Oil-tea is a specialty in Guilin loved by the ethnic minorities including Miao, Yao and Dong in this area. Gongcheng (a county in Guilin) oil-tea is the most famous one in Guilin. The oil-tea is consisted of some spices, frying tea leaves and water which has a medical function. People like to drink the oil-tea and eat cereal ball in the morning.

Guilin Dishes

1. Yangshuo beer fish (Yangshuo Pijiu Yu)
 
Yangshuo Beer Fish
 
Yangshuo beer fish is an authentic Guilin dish which is famous at home and abroad. The fish for this meal is caught from the clear Li River. The fish and fresh vegetables are cooked with beer which is brewed by local people. Although the delicious dish is with bones, it comes up to people’s must-eat list in Yangshuo.
 
2. Lipu steamed Pork with Taro (Lipu Yutou Kourou) 
 
Libo Yutou Kourou
 
Lipu steamed pork with Taro is a well-known Guilin traditional dish which is usually served at important celebrations such as weddings. This dish is composed of streaky pork with skin and taro. The cooked streaky pork and taro are steamed with some condiments such as chill sauce, sugar, wine.
 
3. Steamed Li River Fish (Qingzheng Lijiang yu)
The fish from the Li River is famous for its tenderness. This dish is adopted steam cooking style to maintain its tenderness. To eat with a special sweet sauce can make the steamed fish more delicious.
 
4. Stuffed Li River Snails (Yangshuo Niang Tianluo)
Stuffed Li River Snails is consisted of fresh snail meat, chopped pork with some sauces. The mix meat tastes a delicate spicy.
 
5. Stewed Duck with Gingko (Baiguo Dun Ya)
It is a common home-made dish in Guilin while it is still popular in the restaurants. The old duck and gingko (baiguo) are rich with nutrition. This soup also has a medicinal function. Stewed Duck with Gingko perfectly has a nice fragrant of the gingko and tastes delicious.
 
6. Stewed Chicken and Gecko (Gejie Dun Quanji)
A whole young chicken, two fresh geckos and some ham with a few lichees compose the precious dish in Guilin. The Gecko is quite difficult to get which makes the dish more valuable.

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Guilin Rice Noodle

Guilin Rice Noodle

Aside from rice, the other Chinese staple food is noodles. Eaten stir fried or in a bowl of soup, for the most part, noodles are a cornerstone in the diets of the rich and poor, the urban and rural. Guilin Rice Noodles is a regional dish well known for its unique flavor at home and abroad. To make it on your own, take the following recipe: 

The noodles:

First pound high quality rice into a powder, then mix the rice powder with water and let it become mushy. Store the mixture in a bag and put the mixture through a sieve so that the paste is smooth, and then form the mixture into dough. Cut the dough into slender pieces or thin slices. The former is called rice noodle and the latter known as sliced rice dough, although both may be referred to as rice noodle. These noodles are snow white, delicate, soft, smooth, and tasty.

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The soup:

There are many methods for making Guilin Rice Noodles, many of which largely depend on the spicy soup that the noodles bask in. D

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Beer Fish

Beer Fish

One of the most standout cultural favorites to come out of the county of Yangshou in the 1980’s is simply a dish known as Beer Fish that combines traditional Chinese flavors with Western influences. The most iconic version of this delicacy is the Beer Lijiang River Fish. From the Chinese influence side, it requires a fresh Li River common carp or grass carp as the raw ingredients. Beer, traditionally a very Western drink, is used as the main flavoring. The brave addition of beer to the fish is what gives birth the popular Guilin local dish its characteristic flavor.

Simply stated, about 1 bottle of beer is used to marinate 1 whole fish. Then chicken stock is added, as well as a variety of soy sauces, a bit of oyster sauce, some ginger to release the “fishy” taste, garlic, onion, some chili for a kick, and a handful of vegetables to steam with it. Accompanied with a generous bowl of rice, Beer Fish makes a beloved meal.
 
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Braised Pork Slices With Lipu Dasheen

Braised Pork Slices With Lipu Dasheen

This is a traditional dish, famous all over China. The ingredients include Lipu taro, Wuhau pork, spiced sugar, garlic slices, Guilin preserved bean curd and Guilin Sanhua Wine. First, you fry the taro and pork in oil. Then the pork is laid on its skin and is steamed together with the taro slices, before being turned out on a platter. The major characteristics of the dish are a golden color and luster, a crisp taste, it is fat but not greasy and it smells aromatic and mellow. The course features color, fragrance and eye appeal.

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Butter Tea

Butter Tea

People of Miao, Yao, and Dong Nationalities living in North Guilin Province have the custom of making butter tea. Usually they put some peanut oil or tea oil into an iron pan, stir fry the tea, add some water and pound it with a pestle while cooking. At the same time, certain seasonings, such as ginger, salt, and sugar, are scattered into the pan. Soon you will smell the fantastic aroma of butter tea. Yao people like to steam the sticky rice and then let it dry through airing in shade. The dried rice is called yinmi and "yin" here means "shade". The Yinmi is then put into the boiled tea oil or peanut oil, where it soon becomes popcorn-like through frying. Peanuts, soy beans, and sticky rice cookies should also be fried. After that Yao people stir fry some crude rice with tea for a little while, add some water and ginger slices into the pan and pound the mixture with a special wooden utensil until the aroma of tea fully emanates. When the mixture is boiled, a bamboo

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Li River Shrimps

Li River Shrimps

A classic course of people in Guilin is the Li River Shrimp. The cooking method is as follows:

Catch some Li River shrimp; add some Guilin sanhua wine and quick fry the shrimp. Grown in the clear Li River water, the shrimp have delicate meat and an original flavor. Stir fried with the wine, the course boasts a red color like rubies; it has a fresh and delicate taste which is aromatic and not greasy. Tourists can experience the purity and sweetness of the Li River through this simple and delicious shrimp course.

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