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

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice

Guiyang Bites Guizhou Guide to Chaofan Stand

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice Fried rice, or chǎofàn (炒饭), stands line the streets of Guiyang from early evening on through the night. Their colorful arrays of sliced veggies are eye-catching and easy to order. To identify whether a street vendor sells fried rice, look for a wok. If they have a wok, chances are they do fried rice. Many places also have a grid of boxes or baskets filled with finely sliced vegetables. These ones … 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

Kempi Coffee

Kempi Coffee Guiyang panini

One of the first things foreigners realize upon arriving in Guiyang is that the city has a pretty weak sandwich scene. Bread in the city is generally sweet and not particularly good to make a sandwich with, and meat for sandwiches can also be pretty pricey at the supermarkets.  Enter Kempi Coffee, a great café below the Kempinski Hotel. The interior is non-smoking, a real rarity in Guiyang, and they have a great patio with … Continue reading

Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant (禅悦酥陀)

buddhist restaurant interior guiyang guizhou

On Fushui Lu, near Flora Plaza, there’s a wonderful little restaurant that offers an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes. Absolutely every dish on the menu is vegetarian, a real treat in Guiyang. Attached to a Buddhist temple, 禅悦酥陀 (chányuè sūtuó) has a beautifully decorated interior to enjoy while you eat.  The menu is extensive, with dishes to suit any palate. A good number of their dishes are made to emulate meat dishes, so you can see … Continue reading

Vegetarian Food

buddhist restaurant eggplant dish guiyang guizhou

You’ve made the move to Guiyang, possibly from the other side of the world. Before you moved, you’d heard that China has many different kinds of tofu, plenty of egg dishes, and lots of fresh veggies sold on every street corner. Your information wasn’t wrong, just incomplete. In China, pork is life. It’s so important that it doesn’t even need a special word; it’s simply referred to as meat. As a result, local cooks sneak … 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

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