Imperial Beijing Duck Restaurant

beijing imperial duck restaurant duck carving Guiyang Guizhou

Guiyang food is a lively cuisine, made up of strong sour and spicy flavors, colorful vegetables and lots of pork. Every once in a while, it’s nice to give your mouth (and stomach) a rest from Guiyang’s cuisine, and eat something with a different flavor profile. Imperial Beijing Duck Restaurant offers up a completely different menu from the local Guiyang fare. Peking Duck is the main dish, but there are also plenty of other northern … Continue reading

Sour Soup Hotpot (酸汤火锅)

Cooking Sour Soup Hotpot Guiyang Guizhou

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 … Continue reading

Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant (禅悦酥陀)

buddhist restaurant interior guiyang guizhou

On Fushui Lu, near Flora Plaza, there’s a wonderful little restaurant that offers an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes. Absolutely every dish on the menu is vegetarian, a real treat in Guiyang. Attached to a Buddhist temple, 禅悦酥陀 (chányuè sūtuó) has a beautifully decorated interior to enjoy while you eat.  The menu is extensive, with dishes to suit any palate. A good number of their dishes are made to emulate meat dishes, so you can see … Continue reading

Chicken Lady

Chicken Lady cooked chicken closeup Qianling Donglu Guiyang Guizhou

This stall has a name, but I’ve never heard anybody refer to this place as anything but Chicken Lady. In the evenings, after a few beers and long after dinner, you can hear expats start to say: “Chicken lady?” “Chicken lady.” Thus starts a mass exodus from whatever place people have gathered that night. The chicken lady comes out as the sun goes down and disappears before it rises. This makes her a popular choice … Continue reading

Tufeng Bean Hotpot (土风豆米火锅)

Tufeng Bean Hotpot soup Qianling Donglu Guiyang Guizhou 2

Tufeng Bean Hotpot is a local Guiyang landmark that serves perfect hotpot all day and well into the evening. Bean hotpot is a Guiyang specialty, and Tufeng is absolutely the right place to go to get it. The  ambiance of the main restaurant is nice, but not particularly fancy. A wooden storefront, wooden tables and wood-paneled walls strive to make it look like a village restaurant, and the bright red uniforms of staff stand out … Continue reading

Beautiful Fragrance Restaurant (想伊味食府)

Guiyang Guizhou Muslim Halal Food Restaurant

Inside Erqi Lu Snack Street, which deserves a write-up of its own, there’s a halal restaurant that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re near the train station, it’s just a few minutes walk away. They have a great variety of dishes, and a big menu full of photos, so you don’t need to worry about ordering if your Chinese isn’t so hot. Just point, wait and eat.  They actually sell their bread and halal beef from … Continue reading

Jianbing (煎饼)

Guiyang Guizhou Snacks Jianbing Wrap

Spring is here, which means it’s time to get out of the house, out of stuffy restaurants, and onto the street. Jianbing is a Shandong province specialty, one that you’d see on every street corner in Shandong and is popular across the northern part of China. In Guiyang, it’s much less common, but can still be found if you know where to look. It’s easy to order, as well. Just show the cook one finger … Continue reading

Nadu Malaxiangguo (拿渡)

Nadu Malaxiangguo Guiyang Guizhou

Malaxiangguo (麻辣香锅) is another excellent meal that’s easily found in Guiyang. My favorite place to get it is Nadu, which has a few locations in the city. Another easy-to-order meal, getting a big bowl of delicious fried veggies and meats is as simple as pointing to the ingredients you want, and waiting for it to arrive on your table. Though the mala (麻辣) part of the name refers to the dish’s typical numbing/spicy flavor, there’s … Continue reading

Beijing Dumpling House (北京饺子馆)

Beijing Dumpling House Guiyang Guizhou sweet and sour pork 2

Beijing Dumpling House was the first restaurant I went to on my own in Guiyang. In a sea of small restaurants with all-Chinese menus, this place has a menu full of photos, so those who can’t read Chinese can order easily. For people who are not particularly excited about Guiyang’s spicy food, Beijing’s cuisine can be a welcome respite, as very few dishes have chilies. Despite the restaurant’s name, there are many options besides the … Continue reading

Yi Luoguo (一烙锅)

Yi Luoguo Food Guiyang Guizhou

Yi Luoguo is yet another place with the delightful checklist menu that means you don’t have to really talk to anybody. Whatever you order is cooked in the kitchen, brought out plate by plate, and piled into a savory heap atop a convex iron pot in the middle of the table. While the food arrives cooked, the iron pot it’s placed in allows you to crisp up your meats and veggies. The domed shape of … Continue reading