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

Guiyang’s Lajiao: An Ode to Spice

Guiyang Guizhou Spicy Chili Lajiao lajiao

Guiyang’s food can be an acquired taste for newly arrived expats. Strong sour and spicy flavors dominate, and no oil is spared in cooking a dish. One of the most common questions locals have for expats is “Have you become accustomed to the food?” For the most part, it’s Guiyang’s lajiao that gives locals pride in their cuisine. They refer to most forms of chili as làjiāo, or “hot pepper,” but there are different types for … 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

Xishui Black Tofu Hotpot (习水黑豆花火锅)

Xishui Black Tofu Hotpot Guiyang Guizhou

This was only my second time visiting this gem. A friend who lives nearby recommended it, and after eating it once I couldn’t wait to go back. The menu is a simple checklist format for the soup base, meat, tofu and some vegetable selections. Walk to the back of the restaurant to grab your own green veggies — no need to order those.   ATE   We ordered a small pot that came with meatballs … Continue reading