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

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

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