What to Eat in Jiuzhaigou
Located in the Tibetan and Qiang autonomous region, Jiuzhaigou owns its food style related to the two ethnic groups. For the dining, the two ethnic groups have different cultures. The Tibetan mainly takes smoked and barbecued meat, accompanied by barley wine, butter tea, yoghurt and other drinks. While the Qiang people likes sour and spicy meat dishes and animal offal. The main featured flavor are lamb roast, hand-grab steak, dried beef, etc. Other specialties include yam tsamba, Jiuzhai persimmon, buckwheat flour cake, and pickled cabbage noodles. Jiuzhaigou has many special drinks and the vitamin that local food lacks is supplemented by elegant tea. Below are brief introduction to some local food, snacks and drinks.
Yak meat is one of the typical Tibetan dishes with various cooking methods. It can be cold and dressed with sauce, rinsed in hot pot, barbecued or stir-fried. When you come to the Tibetan area, do not miss the delicious yak meat.
Potato Cake is the most featured food in Jiuzhan Valley. Being heavily pounded into viscous pastry in a barrel after being steamed, the potatoes are made into cakes, boiled in the pot and then served with pickled cabbage and red pepper.
Known as "Tibetan beer", barley wine is yellowish with acid and sweet, which is an indispensable beverage in the life of Tibetan people, as well as a good drink to celebrate festivals and treat friends.
Tsamba is the staple food for Tibetan locals in Aba. Tibetans, whatever work in the land, graze on the mountain, or go on a journey, they will take tsamba as a ready-made food with them. When eating, take bits of butter and serve with the tea.
In Tibetan’s home, the butter teapot is being simmered on the Huotang (a kind of Chinese fireplace) from morning till night, and you can drink fragrant and hot butter tea at any time. Butter tea is rich in nutrition, delicious and refreshing, and it is popular among Tibetan people.Yak butter tea has been dubbed as the "Tibetan national beverage”.
cheese momo is a famous Tibetan snack which is made from the milk residue, namely the residue left after the extracting of butter. The fresh milk residue is sour and white that can be take as stuffing of bun.
If you're not going to have dinner, try some local snacks both Tibetan style and Sichuan style. You are also recommended to bring some dry food and enjoy the picnic at any time during your visit, especially during the peak season.
Where to Eat in Jiuzhaigou
Restaurants outside the Valley
Tibetan specialty is mainly served inside the villages(mainly Shuzheng village), while the restaurants outside the valley mainly runs Sichuan cuisine, as well as some Muslim food. In the evening, there will be some barbecue stalls on the side of the road.
Hotels’ Restaurant in Jiuzhaigou
Some starred hotels supply various kinds of good food both Chinese and Western food, as well as authentic Tibetan specialties.you can have meals in a comfortable atmosphere.
The popular restaurant is located at Bianbian Street to the right of the entrance gate of Jiuzhai Valley.
Tourist service center of Nuorilang
It offers various grades of buffet dinners, 60RMB/person.
Most of Jiuzhaigou supplies are carried from nearby towns and villages, so the price of food is relatively high due to the inconvenience of transportation. You can also have meals on the way to Jiuzhaigou in Mao county, Songpan county and other places. Below are some recommended restaurants and snack bars for your choice.