For foodies everywhere, a trip to Guilin would not be complete without a sampling of the local delicacies. The region is famous for their rice noodles, so be sure to scoop some up while in the city. Beer Fish in Yangshuo, Nun Noodles, Lipu Taro Looped Meat, Snails are all delicious menu staples the city has to offer. Follow this food tour around the Guilin area to taste all that the city has to offer.

Guilin Gastronomy: 5 Unforgettable Local Eats
Beer Fish. Photo: flickr.com

1) Guilin Rice Noodles
Rice noodles or vermicelli are an important staple of the Guilin diet. The noodles, famous for their unique flavor and careful crafting process, come in soft textures, some delicate, others thick, all very tasty. They are often cooked with pig or beef bone and broth, and vegetable and meat choices include noodles with lettuce, beef belly noodles, noodles in soup, vegetable noodles, three treasure noodles, horse meat noodles, danzi noodles and hot and spicy noodles. As you can see, Guilin has vermicelli to fit any taste palate and budget.

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Add: 2F, 9 Yiren Lu (near Zhongxin Guangchang), Xiufeng District, Guilin
地址:桂林市秀峰区依仁路9号2楼(近中心广场), 桂林人米粉大王
Tel: 0773 2828 609
Opening hours: 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00
Getting there: Take bus 1, 3, 9, 11, 14, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 51, 57, 89, 99, 100, 203 to Shizi Jie (十字街)

2) Beer Fish
Beer Fish is a famous local dish from Yangshuo, Guilin. The main ingredient for the dish is fresh carp from the Lijiang River, but the mix of flavors used to prepare the fish overpowers the original fishy taste (and smell). To prepare the dish, the fish is fried in tea oil from the northern mountainous regions of Guilin. The outside of the fish is crispy and savory while the inside is soft and juicy.

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Add: 18 Diecui Lu, Yangshuo Xian, Guilin
地址:桂林市阳朔县叠翠路18号, 谢大姐啤酒鱼(叠翠路店
Tel: 0773 6910 658
Getting there: Walk from Yangshuo Bus Station (阳朔汽车站)

3) Nun Noodles
Nun Noodles are often called the sister food of Guilin rice noodles. Plain, thin and fine, nun noodles are handmade delicacies mixed with vegetables and meat in savoury soups. The noodles are combined with bean sprouts, mushrooms or bamboo shoots in a soup and then topped with mushrooms, ham and other vegetables. Sesame oil is sprinkled on top of the soup along with fresh ingredients like peanuts and peppers.

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Add: Qixing Gongyuan Nei, 1 Qixing Lu (near Longyin School), Lijiang Dong An, Qixing District, Guilin
地址:桂林市七星区漓江东岸七星路1号(近龙隐小学),七星公园内, 月牙楼
Tel: 0773 5813 622
Opening hours: 8:00-21:30
Getting there: Take bus 9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 24, 28, 30, 31, 52, 58, 204, 206 to Qixing Gongyuan (七星公园)

4) Snails
Snails are a delicious local dish rich in protein, vitamin C and calcium. This healthy delicacy has a round solid body and a little tail tip and is boiled up and served in spices. Guilin snails are cooked with chili peppers and green onions and boiled in ginger or sanhua liquor and then stir fried with various other ingredients. To eat the snail, pick the shell with your fingers and suck on the opening. The meat and juice should come right out with a hissing sound. If you prefer the chopsticks method, toothpicks are available on request to poke the little snail out of his shell.

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Add: 28 Zhongshan Zhong Lu (near Guilin Shucheng), Xiufeng District, Guilin
地址:桂林市秀峰区中山中路28号(近桂林书城), 田螺姑娘
Tel: 136 5773 7979
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00
Price: 10 RMB
Getting there: Take bus 1, 3, 9, 11, 14, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 51, 57, 89, 99, 100, 203 to Shizi Jie (十字街)

Guilin Gastronomy: 5 Unforgettable Local Eats
Photo: hudong.com

5) Lipu Taro Looped Meat
Lipu Taro Looped Meat is a meticulously made dish. The meat is flexible after cooking and has a delicious unique flavor. Chinese believe that the dish is very healthy, as the vitamins, protein and starch are good for your kidney and stomach. The dish uses taro from Lipu County and streaky pork from Lipu City. In Guangxi, taro looped meat is eaten during festivals, banquets, feasts and weddings, and most hotels offer the regional dish.

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Add: 10 Zhengyang Lu, Xiufeng District, Guilin
地址:桂林市秀峰区正阳路10号, 桂林人聚福林美食苑
Tel: 0773 2829 542
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:00-1:30
Getting there: Take bus 2, 57 or Tourist Line 1 (旅游观光一号) to Lijiang Juyuan (漓江剧院)

Chinese Pinyin English
桂林米粉 Guìlín Mǐfěn Guilin Rice Noodles
生菜粉 Shēngcài Fěn Noodles with Lettuce
牛腩粉 Niúnán Fěn Beef Belly Noodles
原汤粉 Yuántāng Fěn Noodles in Soup
卤菜粉 Lǔcài Fěn Vegetable Noodles
三鲜粉 Sānxiān Fěn Three Treasure Noodles
马肉米粉 Mǎ Ròu Mǐfěn Horse Meat Noodles
担子米粉 Dànzi Mǐfěn Danzi Noodles
酸辣粉 Suānlà Fěn Hot & Spicy Noodles
啤酒鱼 Píjiǔ Yú Beer Fish
尼姑素面 Nígū Sùmiàn Nun Noodles
田螺 Tiánluó Snails
荔浦芋扣肉 Lìpǔyù Kòuròu Lipu Taro Looped Meat

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