Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant (余庆乡村剔骨鸭)

Guiyang Guizou Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant Crispy Beans

Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant (余庆乡村剔骨鸭) This place was also a recommendation from a friend. They specialize in duck, but the fried dishes are what drew us in. The food was tasty and fairly cheap, while the owners were friendly and welcoming. ATE There were four of us eating this day, so we ordered five dishes and rice. In the above photo, clockwise from top left, you can see: gōngbǎo jīdīng — 宫保鸡丁 — Kungpao Chicken … 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

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

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