Kunming Dining

Kunming cuisine is varied and coveted. Whatever street snacks, barbecues, or elegant indoor restaurants all have local characteristics. Most notably, Kunming is famous for its wild mushroom. We have listed some of delicacies and restaurants that must eat in Kunming.

What To Eat?

Dian Dishes

Dian dishes are moderately salty and spicy. To do in Rome as the Romans do', try the food specialties in Kunming. The unique delicacies from Kunming are famous throughout China; especially the fresh wild mushrooms. There is an edible wild mushroom family of over 200 varieties in Kunming, the tastes of which remain in mind. Some recommended Dian dishes include the following:

Steaming-Pot Chicken (Qiguo Ji)
This dish gained its name from steaming the chicken in a pot with a hollow tube in the center. It is a simple tasty dish. To make it, place chicken, ginger, a shallot, pepper and salt in the pot and steam for about four hours, during which time steam from the tube contacts the cold pot cover turning to water, then flows back into the pot to become delicious chicken soup. Before serving, remove ginger and shallot.

Braised Jizong (mushroom) in Soy Sauce (Hongshao Jizong)
Kunming is host to various wild mushrooms including Jizong. Whenever the sun shines after a rain from June to September, many Jizong shaped like small grey umbrellas appear on the mountain. The chicken-like taste of Jizong is popular with gourmands. Braised Jizong in Soy Sauce is prepared this way: Wash Jizong; dry by airing; cut into pieces. Next chop chili and tenderloin pieces. Wrap tenderloin and Jizong pieces in egg white, starch and salt mixture; fry in hot oil. Finally, braise the Jizong and tenderloin pieces with garlic, ginger and shallot. Drizzle sesame oil on a plate, place braised pieces on oil.

Kunming Bittern Duck (Kunming Lu Ya)
The dish is a first choice among tourists. After choosing ducks from Dianchi Lake and preparing with some ten steps, it can be served. The dish is golden with a soft flavor. It is said that Bittern Duck is a dish do much good to people's health.

Across Bridge Rice Noodle (Yunnan Guoqiao Mixian) is one of the featured specialties of Kunming and Yunnan. It has three main parts: a bowl of extremely hot chicken broth, various slices of meat, including chicken, fish, and meat up to nine varieties, with various seasonings and rice noodles.

Xuanwei Ham (Xuanwei Huotui) also called 'Yuntui' or 'Yunnan Ham' is one of the three famous and best hams in China. The main ingredient in many local dishes, Yunnan Ham retains its unique flavor and can be stored for long periods of time. Offered in most local restaurants, ham preparation includes baking, salting, pestle, warming, and freezing.

Modern Cake (Modeng Baba)
Baba is popular in Yunnan. It is a food made of flour, corn powder, sticky rice, lard, sesame and meat. The initiators of Modern Baba were two pretty sisters who made sweet and tasteful Baba that attracts people even today. Modern Baba has a crisp exterior and a soft interior; it is sweet with savory cream.

Where to Eat?

Chinese Name

English Name





Purple Garden

No.1 Lengshuitang  of the Biji Town in Xishan District


Grand bean curd, fried shrimp with sauce



Zuiiyunnan Folk Flavor Restaurant

No.688, Qianxxing Road in Xishan District


High-end Cantonese food, abalones, shark’s fines and some sea food


Fuzhao Tower

No.98, Beijing Road in Guandu District


Steaming-Pot Chicken,Dian Food  


Yikeyin Restaurant

NO.18, Jixiang Alley of Dongfengdong Road in Wuhua Road


Steaming-Pot Chicken, meat baked with tile


Dachimen International Gourmet Cafeteria

No.6, Sanshi Street in Wuhua District


Sea food


The king of Mushroom

No.141, Baohai Road in Guandu District


Various wild mushroom