Guizhou food mainly includes Qian cuisine and local snacks. Qian cuisine tastes numb and spicy, which are the two indispensable elements of Guiyang food. Numb refers to the seasoning made from several spices and the spicy is mainly made from red pepper. Besides, Guizhou cuisine can also be sour and spicy, and sour soup fish is the typical representative. The locals love the sour flavor very much and there is an old local saying that "Without eating a sour dish for three days, people will stagger with weak legs" This fully reflects their love of local cuisine.
What to Eat in Guiyang
1. Guizhou Hotpot
Hot pot is the best seller, especially in cold months. Guizhou cuisine is characterized by spicy and hot, and offers various kinds of hot pot options, such as Huajiang dog meat hot pot, Kaili sour soup fish hot pot, Guiyang green pepper young chicken hot pot. Guizhou hot pot enjoys a high reputation throughout the country because of its carefully selected ingredients and seasonings, as well as its unique local flavor.
2. Sour Soup Fish
It is a famous Guizhou cuisine. This dish is sour, spicy and appetizing. Add pepper, local specialties and much local nutritive Chinese herbal medicine, use tomato to make it sour, and then put the clean fish into the pot to boil it. You will get a little plate with kinds of delicious sauce including soy sauce, ginger, pepper, sesame seed oil, preserved bean curd, red pepper oil. With bright golden color, this dish tastes mellow, a little hot and sweet with a unique fragrance.
3. SiWaWa(丝娃娃Vegetarian Spring Rolls)
SiWaWa(alias Vegetarian Spring Rolls) is one of the common local traditional snacks in Guiyang, it can be seen in almost every street in Guiyang. Many visitors consider it as the most delicious but cheapest local snack in Guiyang. WaWa literally means baby as the shape of the snack is the same with a baby in swaddling clothes. It is made from thin cake and stuffed with cooked vegetables, which typically are sliced carrot, shredded kelp, sliced cucumber, Celery and Houttuynia. Finally, Spicy and sour juices are also added to give it flavor.
4. Chang Wang Noodles(肠旺面)
During the reign of Tongzhi in Qing dynasty, Changwang noddle was made in Guiyang. In the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, there was a Guiyang people named Su Desheng, he improved the quality of the noddle. Take noddle, pig intestines, blood curd, minced pork as main materials, with more than 20 kinds of minor ingredients, gradually, Changwang noddle became a famous snack.
5. The Beef Rice Noodle(牛肉粉)
Beef rice noodle is a popular breakfast snack in Guiyang. Huaxi beef rice noodle has become a well-liked snack brand, with the characteristics of mellow soup and spicy flavor.
Where to Eat in Guiyang
In the center of the city near the fountain, there are two famous snack streets, Hequn Road(合群路) and Shaanxi Road. A variety of snacks can be found here, like SiWaWa(丝娃娃) and rice noodle. The night market here is usually open until around 3:00 am in the next morning. There are also many Chinese restaurants and western restaurants in Guiyang, here below are some of them.
1. Zhangji Si Wa Wa张记丝娃娃
Address: No.107, Wenhua Road, Nanming District, Guiyang City贵阳市南明区文化路口107号
2. Huaxi Wangji Beef Rice Noodle花溪王记牛肉粉
Address: Huaxi District, Guiyang City贵阳市花溪区
Description: It has branches all over China, the head office is in Huaxi District of Guiyang City.
3. Huaxi Wangji Beef Noodles花溪王记牛肉粉
Address: No.129, Daying Road, Yunyan District, Guiyang City贵阳市云岩区大营路129号
4. Ding Guan Cheng鼎罐城
Address: No.1, Dapo East Road, Xiaobi Township, Nanming District, Guiyang City贵阳市南明区小碧乡大坡东路1号
5. Liuji Changwang Noddles刘记肠旺面
Address: No.4, Baoshan South Road, Yunyan District, Guiyang(Near provincial hospital of Guizhou)贵阳市云岩区宝山南路4号
6. La casa Italian Restaurant
Address: No.1, Huancheng North Road, Yunyan District, Guiyang City贵阳市云岩区环城北路1号
7. Baiwei Restaurant of Guiyang Renaissance hotel贵阳万丽酒店-百味餐厅
Address: The Second Floor of Guiyang Renaissance hotel, No.8 Lincheng East Road, Guanshanhu District, Guiyang City.贵阳市观山湖区林城东路8号贵阳万丽酒店2楼
Address: No.1-2, Jincang Road, Yunyan District, Guiyang City贵阳市云岩区金仓路1-2号
9. Shuchu Qian Cuisine Restaurant树厨地道黔菜餐厅
Address: Near Novotel Hotel, No.8, Zhonghua South Road, Nanming District, Guiyang City贵阳市南明区中华南路8号(诺富特酒店旁)
10. Kaili Sour Sour Fish Restaurant老凯俚酸汤鱼
Address: No.55, Shiban Street, Shengfu Road, Yunyan District, Guiyang City贵阳市云岩区省府路石板街55号