This sour soup hotpot place is a favorite for a few reasons. First, it’s delicious. A perfect Guiyang sour soup, fresh veggies and a nice lajiao setup. Second, it’s convenient. Between Hunter Mall and the famous Old Kaili Sour Fish Hotpot restaurant, we end up there anytime we just want something fast and good. Finally, it’s cheap as all get-out! Every time we go here, we all stuff ourselves, making trip after trip to grab more food, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to spend more than 25 RMB per person. Altogether, this is a great Guiyang meal.
Instead of ordering plates of raw meat and veggies from a menu, here you just wander over to grab skewered foods to cook in the soup. Each stick costs a token amount (something like 0.20 RMB per), so you can really go nuts without spending very much.
To add to our tasty sour soup, we got some bread balls, assorted veggies, tofu skin, mushroom meatballs and some sweet sausage. My favorite thing to add to this soup is breaded, fried meatballs. I’ve never seen the name on a menu, so I just call them yóuzhá ròuwán (油炸肉丸) and servers seem to understand what I’m trying to say.
Sour soup comes in different levels of sour, so if you want to get more flavor in your soup, you can ask the server to jiāsuān (加酸) and they’ll add more of the soup mix. If your soup has boiled down, shout jiātāng (加汤) and they’ll top it off for you.
The setup here is amazing for people who don’t know much/any Chinese. The only things you’ll need to say are how many people (____ gé ren, ____ 个人) and that you want sour soup (suāntāng, 酸汤). The setup is fairly straightforward. Once you’ve chosen a table, go grab a basket for your food, and choose whatever you want!
The lajiao dipping sauce setup here is also really nice. In the above picture, you can see the metal bowls full of goodies. There are usually little bowls to mix in just beside this stand. In the above photo, from top left, moving clockwise, you can see dried soybeans, pink pickled radish, green onions, two types of toasted lajiao, minced garlic, crumbs of salty cured pork, raw lajiao (extra spicy!), and soy sauce.
The two in the middle are zhe’er gen, a chopped root served all over Guizhou, and fermented tofu, which adds a creamy texture to your dipping sauce. The glass jar on the left holds a dark, sweet and salty hoisin-type sauce. For an extra flavor kick, try a drop or two from the little red-topped bottles in the bottom right. It’s called litsea oil (or mùjiāngzi yóu, 木姜子油) and tastes like lemon.
From Hunter Mall, walk up to Zhongshan, cross the street and turn left. Walk past the park where the old people are dancing, and turn right at the first street, a one-way full of people and scooters going whichever way they please. This street is called Càijiā Jiē (locals know it by Càijiā Gāi, 蔡家街). Walk along the street all the way to the big bend at the end, where you’ll find the restaurant on the left. The restaurant usually has a big red tent around their seating area.
Alternatively, from the Fushui Lu （富水路）entrance to Shengfu Lu (省府路), walk up the cobblestone street until you get to the bend, and the restaurant is just after the bend on your right.