Guilin Food - Best 8 Guilin Dishes

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Apr. 10, 2023

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 in a lot of dishes while the spicy flavor is delicate. Food in Guilin is mainly adopted in the Stir-frying and steaming cook ways. Fish and rice noodles play an important role in people’s life in Guilin.

1. Guilin Rice Noodles

guilin rice noodle
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 consist 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 is added to the rice noodles depending on people’s tastes. Horseflesh rice noodles are the most special rice noodles among rice noodles. Guilin rice noodles are a cheap and delicious staple.

Casserole meal(砂锅饭)

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 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.

2. Guilin Oil-tea

guilin oil tea
Guilin 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 has consisted of some spices, frying tea leaves, and water which has a medical function. People like to drink the oil-tea and eat cereal balls in the morning.

3. Yangshuo beer fish (Yangshuo Pijiu Yu)

Guilin Beer Fish
Guilin Beer Fish

Yangshuo beer fish is an authentic Guilin dish that 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.

4. Lipu steamed Pork with Taro (Lipu Yutou Kourou)

guilin rice noodle
Steamed Pork with Taro

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.

5. Steamed Li River Fish (Qingzheng Lijiang yu)

The fish from the Li River is famous for its tenderness. This dish is adopted a steam cooking style to maintain its tenderness. To eat with a special sweet sauce can make the steamed fish more delicious.

6. Tufted Li River Snails (Yangshuo Niang Tianluo)

Stuffed Li River Snails consists of fresh snail meat, chopped pork with some sauces. The mixed meat tastes delicate spicy.

7. Stewed Duck with Gingko (Baiguo Dun Ya)

It is a commonly homemade dish in Guilin while it is still popular in restaurants. The old duck and gingko (baiguo) are rich in nutrition. This soup also has a medicinal function. Stewed Duck with Gingko perfectly has a nice fragrant of the gingko and tastes delicious.

8. 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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