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

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

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

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

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

Beijing Dumpling House (北京饺子馆)

Beijing Dumpling House Guiyang Guizhou sweet and sour pork 2

Beijing Dumpling House was the first restaurant I went to on my own in Guiyang. In a sea of small restaurants with all-Chinese menus, this place has a menu full of photos, so those who can’t read Chinese can order easily. For people who are not particularly excited about Guiyang’s spicy food, Beijing’s cuisine can be a welcome respite, as very few dishes have chilies. Despite the restaurant’s name, there are many options besides the … Continue reading

Yi Luoguo (一烙锅)

Yi Luoguo Food Guiyang Guizhou

Yi Luoguo is yet another place with the delightful checklist menu that means you don’t have to really talk to anybody. Whatever you order is cooked in the kitchen, brought out plate by plate, and piled into a savory heap atop a convex iron pot in the middle of the table. While the food arrives cooked, the iron pot it’s placed in allows you to crisp up your meats and veggies. The domed shape of … Continue reading

Baidu Kaorou (百度烤肉)

Baidu Kaorou Guiyang Guizhou  Huaguoyuan Mall Dinner

Baidu Kaorou is a chain BBQ restaurant that has several locations in Guiyang. For me, it’s the ultimate hangover food – easy to order without talking to anybody, greasy, and delicious. Your food is ordered off of a checklist menu, so if your Chinese isn’t so good you don’t have to worry about flipping pages and pointing. When it arrives, it’s raw. You’ve got to cook it on the little griddle in the middle of … 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

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