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

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

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

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel)

Paulaner Guiyang Sausages

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel) There are a handful of brewery/restaurant combos in Guiyang. Some have great beer and alright food, others have really good food and crappy beer. Paulaner’s brews shine and their food is lovely. It comes at a premium, as both are priced higher than the other options around the city. However, they have a great happy hour special on the beers, so you can buy one and get a second free before … 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