Spicy Beef Hotpot

Spicy Beef Hotpot It’s hard to get good beef in Guiyang. For one, it’s expensive and cooks hesitate to throw away the fatty, tendon-y, gristly chunks you’d toss to your dog at home. Also, local taste actually leans toward eating these bits, as they are considered more flavorful than lean muscle meat. Either way, if you’re looking for a good meal, head to this place. The restaurant’s name translates to something like “Secret Recipe Claypot Beef,” and … Continue reading

Under the Tea Tree (花楸树下)

Under the Tea Tree (花楸树下) You may have noticed Under the Tea Tree while walking down Wenchang Bei Lu toward Hunter Mall. Its second-story terrace has wooden tables with wide umbrellas for shade. It’s a great place where the food comes out fast, hot and full of flavor. As an added bonus, one of the staff members speaks great English, so calling to reserve a table or ask a question is a breeze. If you’ve … Continue reading

Pho You

Pho You Local cuisine has no shortage of good noodles. Guiyang’s beef noodles and Changwang noodles are some of the area’s most famous dishes. That did not diminish my excitement by even a little bit when a friend introduced me to the first pho restaurant I’ve seen in the city. Pho You has a good variety of Vietnamese dishes that will satisfy your craving for a good feed. The restaurant seems to fill up fairly … Continue reading

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

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup Welcome to Part 1 on a short series of common Chinese dishes. I’m using the menu from a chain restaurant for reference, so you’ll see it in each part of the series. The restaurant is all over Guiyang, and it’s called 身养煨汤. You can spot it by looking for the huge clay soup jars on either side of the doorway. This isn’t exactly an article on this specific restaurant, … 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

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel)

Seating Area Elements Buffet Kempinski Hotel Guiyang Guizhou

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel) The Elements Buffet at the Kempinski Hotel is a smorgasbord that offers both western favorites and Chinese comfort food. With a price tag of 238 RMB (258 on weekends) for all-you-can-eat and drink, it’s one of the pricier options in the city. However, the regularly changing dishes and the free-flowing wine or Moutai beer make it a worthwhile place to treat yourself.  Elements has multiple sections, each specializing in a different … Continue reading

Like Salad (喜沙拉)

Like Salad Guiyang Guizhou Chicken Rice Bowl

Like Salad (喜沙拉) One of the common complaints I hear from Guiyang expats is that there’s just too much oil in everything. Well, here’s a solution for a greasy diet. Get yourself to Like Salad (喜沙拉), where there are fresh salads with light and tasty ingredients. Just up the hill from Hunter Mall, Like Salad is yet another alleyway gem that I would never have known about without the help of a friend. Having an … Continue reading

La Casa (Formerly Babbo)

La Casa Guiyang Italian Restaurant Sausage Pizza

La Casa (Formerly Babbo) La Casa (previously named Babbo) is a fantastic pizza and pasta restaurant with a gorgeous new location. No longer hidden in a Huaguoyuan high-rise, La Casa’s spacious new location features a beautiful outdoor seating area and a cozy, non-smoking interior. The restaurant’s indoor sections are dimly lit and nicely decorated. Music from classic crooners plays quietly in the background. The rooms have low lighting, with spotlights over the tables to focus … Continue reading