Chuxiong Dining

People who take a tour to Chuxiong never forget to taste the food there. As a city having various Chinese ethnic minorities, the local food is different from the one in other places. It is the creation of local people and the work of human wisdom. We have listed some of delicacies and restaurants that must eat in Chuxiong.

What to Eat?


Chuxiong  The Yi ethnic people in Chuxiong take mutton as a household dish to treat guests. When they are preparing mutton hotpot, no condiments except salt are added in the caldron. But assorted spices will play their role on the dining table such as Chinese prickly ash berries (Huajiao, huā jiāo), cayenne, coriander, onion, ginger and mint. The sheepy odor is smartly and completely concealed for appetite.

In most of Yi ethnic communities, mutton is a must for festivals and celebrations. If you go there some day, you will be definitely invited to a meal. Besides mutton, you'll be served home-brewed liquor. What a meal!

Roasted Pig
Yuanmou pig roast along with a local flavor is the traditional cuisine, raw materials, which use lean pig, get it clean and then, coated with a variety of condiments, baked on charcoal fire until cooked skin yellow flesh.

Cold Chicken
The cold chicken has been a name card in food for travelers to Yuanmou. The cooking method of the cold chicken in Yuanmou County differs from other places in Yunnan. When a spring chick is killed and well cleaned. The local people put the whole chick into the pot and scald it with heated water. The water is heated but not boiled. When the skin wrinkles, take it out and cut it into slice. The cold chicken is ready when the seasonings are prepared for gingering up. The meat tastes sweet and fresh.

As a branded product in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, it has enjoyed a history of nearly one hundred years. And it is a must-choice for tourists to the county. 

Barking Deer Jerky
Ehydration is all about removing water from food. Doing this helps to preserve the food (bacteria need water) and concentrate flavor. It’s a common misconception that you need heat to dehydrate food. But low humidity, not heat, is the driving force behind dehydration. Warming the air surrounding the food helps keep it dry, but if the air doesn’t move, the food will stay wet. So when dehydrating food in the kitchen, make certain that air can freely circulate around it.

Where to Eat?

There are many special restaurants in Chuxiong. We have listed some restaurants with good taste and beautiful environment for tourists.

Chinese Name

English  Name





Chuxiong Standing Dish

No.51, Xixiaoshan Road of Lucheng Town




Hui People Restaurant

No.80, Tuoxi Street


Hui Cuisine, Scrambled eggs with tommatoes


Yihao Restaurant

In Xinyi Garden of Xinyi Street




Chuxiong People

No.487, Tuanjie Road


Specialty Casserole Fish


Mingshan Restaurant

No.137, Yongxingsi  Road


Beef, Rice served with meat and vegetables on top


Huaixiang Restaurant

No.36, Shunxin Street




Jingyan Restaurant

No.124, Deyundong Road



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