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.
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
At a lot of places in Guiyang, this dish will have bony, gristly chicken. Here, it was better quality meat with a good sauce. It escaped being particularly spicy despite the chilis scattered throughout.
yúnwèi xiǎochǎoròu — 云味小炒肉 – Yunnan Style Fried Pork
This dish wasn’t much to look at, but packed a flavorful punch. Strips of pork were joined by sliced green onions and dried chilis, but the dish didn’t taste overly spicy.
xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn — 西红柿炒鸡蛋 – Tomato and Egg
This dish is an absolute staple, and can be found in almost every restaurant – definitely any that specialize in fried dishes. Many foreigners end up eating Tomato and Egg on the regular when they arrive in China. The dish features chopped or sliced tomatoes partnered with scrambled eggs, and is savory with a slightly sweet taste. Though it’s usually oily, it’s not spicy at all, and is generally a safe food to eat when Guiyang’s got your stomach down.
cuìpídòumǐ – 脆皮豆米 – Crispy Skin Beans
These tasty little buggers vary from shop to shop, but generally follow two rules: they’re crispy and salty. Deep fried beans are tossed with salt and then stir-fried again with accompanying ingredients. These things are just unreasonably good, and I usually just scoop them right into my rice and eat them up with a spoon.
qīngdòumǐròumò – 青豆米肉末 – Soy Beans Fried with Ground Pork
These badboys may have been soy beans or may have been peas, but either way they were delicious. I’ve always loved how Guiyang people can make simple ground pork the star of a dish, but it really pops in this one. I’m guessing that’s likely due to copious amounts of salt and MSG, but hey, you only live once.
There were four of us present and the verdict was that all of us had a different favorite dish. Honestly, it was all great, but on subsequent visits it has become very clear that the crispy skin beans are especially good here. We ate until we were stuffed, and then ate more because we couldn’t help ourselves. We left in pain, but with no regrets. Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant knows their food, and although the servings appear conservative when they land on the table, they are filling and tasty.
Yuqing Village Duck Restaurant is located on Weiqing Lu, not far south of Qianling Park. Weiqing Lu is a one way street. If you’re familiar with Qianling Dong Lu (the bar street), it’ll be easy to find your way here; it’s actually the same street. It starts as Qianling Dong Lu, becomes Qianling Xi Lu as it heads west, and finally becomes Weiqing Lu. The restaurant lies just about halfway between Ruijin Bei Lu and Zaoshan Lu.
There aren’t any really fantastic landmarks, but in the following photo, the restaurant is at the bottom right corner, and you can see a tall apartment building not far away, against traffic. If you’re in a taxi heading west, you’ll pass the apartment building first and then arrive at the restaurant shortly afterward. To take a taxi there, tell the driver to take you to Weiqing Lu, and keep an eye out on the left side. The restaurant is very nondescript in daylight, with a brown front and white characters. In the evening, they light up the neon, giving the sign a rainbow border, and orange characters.
Note: Use the bathroom before you go or after you’re gone. Seriously. The restaurant doesn’t boast its own facilities, instead, after inquiring, you’re sent into the end of the back alley. There, you can find the infamous doorless trough-style bathroom, decorated with the mark of visitors long gone. I took pictures, but they don’t belong on the same page as all this delicious food. Take my word for it – just don’t.