Guilin has recently become one of China's most popular tourist destinations thanks to its beautiful topography. The literal translation of Guilin means "the Forest of Sweet Osmanthus" because of the rollings hills of fragrant osmanthus trees that are easily grown in southern China. Just outside the city are fantasy-like mountains and water scenes that are said to be the best under heaven. Check out these 10 must eat foods while visiting the beautiful city of Guilin.
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10. Horse-Hoof Shaped Cake 马蹄糕
One of the most popular snacks of Guilin is Horse-Hoof Shaped Cake. Vendors along the street all peddle it, so you know local people love it. The main ingredient of the water chestnut cake is rice powder. Put the powder in the horse-hoof-shaped wooden mould, and place some brown sugar, water chestnut powder, sesame powder in it, then steam the snack over heat. In a minute the hot water chestnut cake will be ready!
9. Yangshuo Beer Fish 阳朔啤酒鱼
The beer fish can be counted as the local speciality of Yangshuo County. The fish is from the living carp in the Li River, which is tender and fresh, without the slightest fish-like smell. Fry the fish with the oil tea before adding the first-rate beer of Guilin to the dish and braising them together. The combined flavor of beer and fish can definitely stimulate your appetite! So when you are starved while touring around Yangshuo County, you can try this dish to fill your empty stomach.
8. Fried Chicken with Water Chestnut 马蹄炒鸡球
The dish is made of water chestnut, fine chicken meat, mushroom and other seasonings. The round and white water chestnuts look like pearls in the plate, stimulating your appetite the moment it is served. Water chestnut fried with chicken meat is good to your kidney and helps you digest.
7. Gingko Stewed with Old Duck 白果炖老鸭
This is one of the most famous and popular dishes in Guilin, and it often appears on family dinner tables. The most important ingredients are old duck and gingko (baiguo), which is a famous Chinese medicine. Stewing makes the soup tasty and nutritious. The dish is good to your health, said to moisten your lungs. At the refreshing smell of the dish, you will hurry to have a try!
6. Guilin Sanhua Jiu 桂林三花酒
China is one of the three ancient countries in the world and has thousands of years of history to brew wine. Today, China is also famous for its masterly technology and distinctive style of wine and is more renowned for the long history and profound culture. San Hua jiu, or "three flowers wine," is a rice wine made in Guilin with allegedly over a thousand year history. It is famous for the fragrant herbal addition, and the use of spring water from Mount Elephant in the region.
5. Stuffed Li River Snails 阳朔年田螺
Sitting on the Li River, Guilin has access to amazing freshwater seafood. Stuffed Snails from the Li River is a typical Guilin dish. After fried with a little Guilin distill alcoholic beverage, the shrimps look like a ruby, and taste authentic and tender; sometimes, the sweet taste of water of Li River will linger in your mouth. They are stuffed with minced pork, some vegetable and mint.
4. Steamed Li River Fish 清蒸漓江鱼
The main ingredient of this dish is the mandarin fish from the Li River, mother river of Guilin city; therefore, the fish tastes fresh, tender and smooth. There are many ways to make a dish with mandarin fish, and the best way is steam. Steaming the mandarin fish and shredded meat, adding some shredded ginger, green onions, sesame oil and other ingredients, and you will have a refreshing dish just before your eyes!
3. Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf 荔浦芋头扣肉
When it comes to wedding or other festivals, Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf is an indispensable dish on the table of the residents in the north Guilin. The main ingredients include streaky pork and Lipu taro, plus such seasoning as refine salt, honey, sugar, soy sauce, ground pepper, fermented red beancurd, and garlic. First, you have to boil the streaky pork before poking the skin with a bamboo stick and smearing refine salt and honey on it. Then fry the meat until it turns gold. With respect to the taro, you have to cut it the same size of the streaky pork and place a piece of them between the pork. When all preparation is done, you can add some seasonings to the dish and steam it in a bowl. The last procedure is to find a plate to cover the mouth of the bowl and upturn the bowl to make the dish in the plate.
2. Oil Tea 油茶
Oil tea of Guilin, a speciality of the ethnic minority of Guilin, is made of raw tea leaves, plus old ginger, garlic, green onions. First you have to fry them with oil and pound them with wood in the pan before boiling in the water. The flavor of oil tea is a little bit strange for those who sip it for the first time. Though it tastes bitter at first, you can appreciate its unique flavor gradually. As oil tea can help you get out of the cold, refresh yourself and fill your empty stomach. In fact, oil tea is not only the eating habit of the locals, but also a way of entertaining guests.
1. Guilin Rice Noodle 桂林米粉
Guilin is famed for its rice noodle. The way of making is by no means easy. First, ground the rice to thick liquid and filter it, then knead it and squeeze it into round or strip shape. The round ones are called "mi fen", while the strip ones are called “qie fen”, but both of them can be called "mi fen". The most important ingredient of the dish is the sauce, which makes the rice noodle unique. Though different shops produce different sauce, they make it in the basically same way – boiling the pork, ox bone, and other sorts of seasoning. Difference of sauce makes the flavor of rice noodle different; therefore, you can try different types of rice noodle in Guilin, say, lettuce rice noodle, sirloin rice noodle, pot-stewed meat rice noodle, sour-and-spicy rice noodle, horse meat rice noodle and so forth.
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