Excellent Vegetarian Feast Restaurant (善哉素宴)

A vegetarian meal can be a real treat in Guiyang. Maybe you’re actually a vegetarian and you don’t want to fight with a server over whether chicken is meat. Perhaps you eat only Halal but want to try more local food. Or, your stomach is just not letting you eat some of the local, meat-heavy delicacies. Whatever your reason, this restaurant is an excellent introduction to some of the flavors of Guiyang. It’s also very … Continue reading

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

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

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

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