Guangxi Cuisine is a famous local school of Chinese cuisine.
Situated in the southern border area of China, Guangxi is adjacent to the Beibu Bay of the South China Sea in the south, with many mountains and fewer plains, and advantageous natural conditions. Guangxi is home to a number of ethnic groups, who have created rich and varied folk dishes. Guangxi, which borders Guangdong, is inhabited by a great number of Guangdong people. Hence Guangdong Cuisine has exerted great influence on the local cuisine of Guangxi. Thanks to the development of the past many years, Guangxi Cuisine with the local characteristics has been formed.
Guangxi Cuisine is light (but not as light as Cantonese food), delicious, crisp, tender, smooth, delicious, salty and slightly spicy (not as spicy as Sichuan cuisine), with strong adaptability.
FIVE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF THE GUANGXI CUISINE
Cuisine of the Northern Guangxi Flavor
It comprises the local dishes in Guilin and Liuzhou, which are heavy in taste, thick in color, good at stewing and fond of being spicy.
Cuisine of the Southeastern Guangxi Flavor
It includes the local cuisines of Nanning, Wuzhou and Yulin, which pay much attention to the freshness and tenderness of the food, and diversification of the ingredients.
Cuisine of the Western Guangxi Flavor
It is made up of the local cuisines of Baise and Hechi, featured by a strong national flavor. It is a good combination of various flavors, elaborately made with ordinary materials and full of variety. The dishes are light hot, delicately fragrant, tender and crisp.
Cuisine of the Coastal Guangxi Flavor
It comprises the local cuisine of Beihai, Qinzhou and Fangchenggang. It puts emphasis on the flavor and color of the dish, and is good at cooking seafood. Dishes made of freshwater fishes and poultry are quite special.
Cuisine of the Ethnic Minority Flavor
It comprises cuisines of different ethnic minorities. It shows a special love of the mountain vegetables, fungus in the mountains, edible wild herbs, and chicken and duck in the villages. It is characterized by freshness and purity in taste.
SOME OF GUANGXI SNACKS
Guilin Rice-flour Noodles
It is the most famous snack food in Guilin and all over Guangxi. The rice-flour noodles are pure white, delicate, soft and pliant. The mixed ingredient is odorous, the meat and the vegetables are soft, and the thick gravy delicious. For example, Rice Noodles with Horse Meat is peculiar to Guilin. In many other places of China, horse meat cannot be served at the banquet. However in Guilin, a common saying goes: “One who has not tasted Rice Noodles with Horse Meat does not know delicious food on earth.”
Fried tea is a unique diet of the ethnic minorities in Guangxi. To make fried tea, first pop the cooked sun-dried sticky rice with oil, then put a handful of polished round-grained rice and tea into a wok and stir-fry them, and then add some water. After the water is boiled, filter the tea, and add some salt in the water. After that, put the popped rice or fried soybeans into the water. Thus the tea is ready. The fried tea can also be made sweet, which depends on your taste.
Wuzhou Chicken Wrapped with Paper
The chicken has a freshness and delicacy of its own. It tastes delicious, smooth but not greasy. It is a famous traditional dish in Wuzhou.
Rolled Rice Pancake
Put the ground thick liquid rice into a tray, spread it out into a thin pancake, cast some minced meat and chopped green onions over it. After it is cooked, roll it up and put it into a plate, mix it with paste-like thick sauce and sesame oil. It tastes soft, smooth and delicious.