Dahu Chongqing Hotpot (大虎老火锅)

Dahu Chongqing Hotpot (大虎老火锅) Chongqing hotpot is not for the faint of heart. Numbing Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilis swim in chili oil and beef tallow, coming together as a seriously spicy brew to cook your food in. It’s served hot — so hot that many places refuse to deliver because the oil will melt plastic.  If you’re going here, do yourself a favor: get at least medium-spicy. Having ordered the lower level of spice … Continue reading

Feel in Riverside 18

Feel in Riverside 18 I love to eat good healthy food, something which Guizhou has in abundance. So I was naturally curious when I noticed a new restaurant had opened on the mini strip of eateries on Nanpu Lu, especially after a friend had also recommended it to me. I was also curious in that Feel in Riverside 18 is a western style restaurant. In my 6 years in this fair city I’ve never really known a restaurant to carry … Continue reading

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel)

Seating Area Elements Buffet Kempinski Hotel Guiyang Guizhou

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel) The Elements Buffet at the Kempinski Hotel is a smorgasbord that offers both western favorites and Chinese comfort food. With a price tag of 238 RMB (258 on weekends) for all-you-can-eat and drink, it’s one of the pricier options in the city. However, the regularly changing dishes and the free-flowing wine or Moutai beer make it a worthwhile place to treat yourself.  Elements has multiple sections, each specializing in a different … Continue reading

Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant (余庆乡村剔骨鸭)

Guiyang Guizou Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant Crispy Beans

Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant (余庆乡村剔骨鸭) This place was also a recommendation from a friend. They specialize in duck, but the fried dishes are what drew us in. The food was tasty and fairly cheap, while the owners were friendly and welcoming. ATE There were four of us eating this day, so we ordered five dishes and rice. In the above photo, clockwise from top left, you can see: gōngbǎo jīdīng — 宫保鸡丁 — Kungpao Chicken … Continue reading

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice

Guiyang Bites Guizhou Guide to Chaofan Stand

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice Fried rice, or chǎofàn (炒饭), stands line the streets of Guiyang from early evening on through the night. Their colorful arrays of sliced veggies are eye-catching and easy to order. To identify whether a street vendor sells fried rice, look for a wok. If they have a wok, chances are they do fried rice. Many places also have a grid of boxes or baskets filled with finely sliced vegetables. These ones … Continue reading

Taxi Buffet

Brokeass Laowai Guiyang Taxi Buffet Food

Taxi Buffet So you lost this month’s paycheck in a high stakes game of shi wu er shi (十五二十) and are wondering how you’re going to feed yourself and survive this hangover. Lucky for you there’s Taxi Buffet. Located across a side street from Estee mall, Taxi Buffet is a perfect hangover cure disguised as an all-you-can-eat buffet. If you have trouble finding it look for the line of parked taxis and the crowd of … Continue reading

Like Salad (喜沙拉)

Like Salad Guiyang Guizhou Chicken Rice Bowl

Like Salad (喜沙拉) One of the common complaints I hear from Guiyang expats is that there’s just too much oil in everything. Well, here’s a solution for a greasy diet. Get yourself to Like Salad (喜沙拉), where there are fresh salads with light and tasty ingredients. Just up the hill from Hunter Mall, Like Salad is yet another alleyway gem that I would never have known about without the help of a friend. Having an … Continue reading

La Casa (Formerly Babbo)

La Casa Guiyang Italian Restaurant Sausage Pizza

La Casa (Formerly Babbo) La Casa (previously named Babbo) is a fantastic pizza and pasta restaurant with a gorgeous new location. No longer hidden in a Huaguoyuan high-rise, La Casa’s spacious new location features a beautiful outdoor seating area and a cozy, non-smoking interior. The restaurant’s indoor sections are dimly lit and nicely decorated. Music from classic crooners plays quietly in the background. The rooms have low lighting, with spotlights over the tables to focus … Continue reading

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel)

Paulaner Guiyang Sausages

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel) There are a handful of brewery/restaurant combos in Guiyang. Some have great beer and alright food, others have really good food and crappy beer. Paulaner’s brews shine and their food is lovely. It comes at a premium, as both are priced higher than the other options around the city. However, they have a great happy hour special on the beers, so you can buy one and get a second free before … Continue reading

Trip Smith

Trip Smith Bar Guiyang Guizhou Beer

Trip Smith Trip Smith is the first and most successful of Guiyang’s  local breweries. Its beer can be found in bars all around the city, and is a recognizable brand name for anyone who’s been in Guiyang for more than a few months. Hidden in an alleyway off of Qianling Dong Lu, Trip Smith began its journey as a local secret, difficult but rewarding to find. Their reputation spread has spread and now they’re one … Continue reading