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

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

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

Wandong Farmers’ Market (万东农贸市场)

Guiyang Guizhou Wandong Farmers Market Vegetable Vendors

Wandong Farmers’ Market is a huge underground farmer’s market next to Hunter Mall. There are markets all over Guiyang, all of which have fresh produce from the surrounding countryside, but Wandong’s central location and sheer number of vendors makes it worth a visit any time you’re in the city center. The vegetables are cheap, fresh and plentiful. Most of the things sold at the market are easy to find in any district, but there are a … 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

Halal Restaurant (清真餐厅)

Halal Beef Dry Hotpot Guiyang Guizhou

Though simply named, this restaurant offers one of the most incredible meals in town: a mouth-watering group meal called dry beef hotpot. It’s especially popular amongst the city’s expats as it’s one of a handful of restaurants that serves only halal food. The menu includes several varieties of hotpot (including beef tripe, if that’s your thing), but their star dish is so good that I don’t even know anybody who’s ordered anything else.   ATE/LOVED … Continue reading