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

Schooldays Restaurant (校园·你)

Guiyang Guizhou Schooldays Restaurant Food

Schooldays Restaurant (校园·你) While searching for good food in Guiyang, I spend a lot of time wandering alleyways, going into places with good smells emanating from their doors. Other times, I recognize a name or a dish I’ve heard of and pop in to try it. The absolute best restaurants, however, are usually found by word of mouth. Sometimes, like with this restaurant, it’s off my usual path, and I would never find it without … Continue reading

Xishui Tofu Skin Hotpot (习水豆腐皮火锅)

Guiyang Guizhou Tofu Skin Hotpot Ingredients

Xishui Tofu Skin Hotpot (习水豆腐皮火锅) This restaurant is an old favorite. The basic broth is garlicky and full of lard, leading to a flavor that caused us to nickname the place “Garlic Butter Hotpot.” Every hotpot comes with an order of tofu skin already in it, and white rice, dipping sauce, and leafy greens on the side. For this each customer is charged 10 RMB , adding ingredients from the menu (and paying the corresponding prices … Continue reading

Sour Soup Siwawa (丝恋)

Huaguoyuan Mall Siwawa Guiyang Guizhou

Living in Guiyang, many foreigners go out of their way to find and cook foods from home. While comfort food is all well and good, you’ve got to be careful not to miss some of the city’s specialties, and sīwáwá is a fantastic introduction to Guiyang food. Sīwáwá (丝娃娃), or silk babies, are like little vegetarian tacos. Every sīwáwá restaurant provides diners with a stack of soft rice flour wrappers, trays of vegetables and tofu, and … Continue reading

Kempi Coffee

Kempi Coffee Guiyang panini

One of the first things foreigners realize upon arriving in Guiyang is that the city has a pretty weak sandwich scene. Bread in the city is generally sweet and not particularly good to make a sandwich with, and meat for sandwiches can also be pretty pricey at the supermarkets.  Enter Kempi Coffee, a great café below the Kempinski Hotel. The interior is non-smoking, a real rarity in Guiyang, and they have a great patio with … Continue reading