Fenghuang County Dining

Fenghuang not only has beautiful sceneries, but also the food of Fenghuang can capture your heart and stomach quickly. Spicy, is the feature of Hunan Cuisine. What's more, the cook can skillfully prepare many dishes with a delicious taste and a beautiful presentation by adding various seasonings and adopting a wide variety of cooking techniques.

What to Eat in Fenghuang County


Xuebaya is a dish fried with duck meat, duck blood and sticky rice. It is one of the most distinctive dishes in Fenghuang County. How to make it? First, soak the sticky rice in the water, then put it in a bowl. Second, slaughter the duck and let its blood dropping in the rice so that they can mix together. When the blood is caky, steam it before setting it aside and cutting it into patches. Next, fry it with vegetable oil. Then stew the duck until it is well-done, and at this time place the blood and rice in the duck and add some condiments to it. Finally, the delicious dish is ready.

Fenghuang Bean Jelly(凤凰凉粉)

The Fenghuang bean jelly is different from the ben jelly of Sichuan and Shaanxi, and the taste is a bit like jelly. Put it in a small bowl and pour some brown sugar, sesame or vinegar. It tastes sour and sweet, cool and succulent. In the streets of Fenghuang Ancient Town, it is very common.

Tongye Baba(桐叶粑粑)

In Fenghuang County, there is a delicious pastry-Tongye Baba that is  popular with locals. It is made of glutinous rice powder and long-shaped rice powder and mixed with sweetened bean paste, or soybean meal, diced spicy bean curd, diced preserved meat and vegetables. Apart from the ingredients mentioned above, a variety of grain can be made for the snack, such as fermented polished round-grained rice, corn and wheat. Wrapped with fresh and moderate leaves of Vernicia Fordii into funnel shape, Tongye Baba gives off a special fresh fragrance after steamed.

Miao Sour Fish(苗族酸鱼)

It is the traditional famous food, which enjoys the high reputation among the Miao people in Fenghuang County. Miao people have a tradition to breed fish in rice paddy. After harvest, Miao people discharge the water in the rice paddy and then catch the fish easily. The Miao Sour Fish is a unique dish for a banquet given by the Miao people in West Hunan. The fish is kept in a jar whose lid is sealed with water. The fish will not go bad in one to two years if the lid is air-tight.

Overyear Smoked Preserved Meat(隔年熏腊肉)

The Fenghuang's preserved meat is a famous specialty at home and abroad. In fact, the overyear smoked preserved meat of Fenghuang is home-made preserved meat, which is different from the preserved meat in market. Although the appearance is not so good, the meat quality fresh and tender. Whether it is steamed or cooked, it's a great thing. When you eat a slice of the preserved meat, you will cannot helping taste it.

Braised Chicken with Chestnuts(板栗烧鸡)

The chestnut of Fenghuang braised chicken chestnuts is ​​a famous specialty in Fenghuang County. It is famous for its full grain and rich fruit, while the chicken is made from local black-bone chicken. Place the chestnuts on the ventilated house beams to dry. Cut the chicken in pieces and stir with the cooked chestnuts. The braised chicken is a very tasty dish with a delicious favour and unique flavor.

Rice Noodles(米粉)

There are a lot of rice noodles restaurants in Fenghuang County, among which, the beef rice noodles are famous. The rice noodles are made of rice with thick and thin. The soup made from beef is fresh and sweet. A thin layer of onion or parsley is poured on the beef slices, which makes it more delicious. for people who love the spicy food, add some the unique red peppers.

Where to Eat in Fenghuang County

The recommended Restaurants:

  • Zunzi Restaurant(俊子饭店)
    Add: No. 9 Yongfengqiao, Nanmen Street(南门街永丰桥9号)
    Tel: 15897436850
  • Pengchu Restaurant(彭厨)
    Add: Floor 2 of Fenghuang Food Street, Nanhua Road(南华路凤凰美食街2楼)
    Tel: (0743)3225777
  • Dashi Restaurant(大使饭店)
    Add: No. 118 Middle Hongqiao Road, Fenghuang County(凤凰县虹桥中路118号)
    Tel: (0743)3222340
  • Xiangxi Buluo Restaurant(Fenghuang)(湘西部落(凤凰店))
    Add: Next to the County Government, No. 14 Nanhua Road(南华路14号县政府旁)
    Tel: (0743)3227989
  • Laozihao Fenghuang Laofan Restaurant(老字号凤凰老饭店)
    Add: No. 17 Middle Hongqiao Road, Fenghuang County(凤凰县虹桥中路17号)
    Tel: 13486553838
  • Miao Private Home Cuisine(苗家私房菜)
    Add: No. 16 Middle Hongqiao Road, Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Prefecture(湘西州凤凰县虹桥中路16)
    Tel: 18229527097
  • Laozihao Rice Noodles Restaurant(老字号粉馆)
    Add: No. 51 Middle Hongqiao Road, Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Prefecture(湘西州凤凰县虹桥中路51号)
    Tel: 18797466986
  • Miao Sisters Featured Rice Noodles Restaurant(苗妹特色粉)
    Add: No. 6 Jiyuan Road(桔园路6号)
    Tel: /

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