Guilin Special Dishes

Upside-down Lipu Taros and Streaky Pork Upside-down Lipu Taros and Streaky Pork

As a famous traditional dish of Guilin, it is mainly prepared with Lipu Taros, streaky pork with skin, Sanhua liquor and preserved bean curd. Firstly, fry preserved streaky pork and tar cubes; place the sliced pork in a bowl with the skin down and insert taro cubes between every two pieces of pork, and stem the bowl until the taros and pork are well done. Then place the bowl upside down on another plate. Though fat, the steamed pork is not greasy. It is the most popular dish in Guilin. An old saying goes: “It is not a banquet without Upside-down Lipu Taros and Streaky Pork.”

Filled Shaddock with Mashed Pork

It is a special local dish of Guilin. The way to prepare the dish is: Peel a shaddock, soak it into clean water for a few days to get rid of its bitter taste, cut the shaddock into cubes, make a deep groove in each cube, fill each cube with ready prepared lean pork, and stew them over a low fire. When the late premier Zhou Enlai paid a visit to Guilin, he spoke highly of this dish.

Steamed Pork with Mung Bean Flour Wrapped by a Lotus Leaf Steamed Pork with Mung Bean Flour Wrapped by a Lotus Leaf

It is a famous traditional local dish, prepared with streaky pork with skin, mung bean flour, a lotus leaf, a small amount of Guilin Sanhua liquor, preserved bean curd, broad beans, dried bamboo shoots and various seasonings. The way to prepare the dish is as follows: prepare preserved pork, add mung bean flour to the pork, wrap it with a lotus leaf and steam it over a high fire. This dish is very delicious, and can help relieve internal heat, improve the spleens and stomach, and reduce cholesterol.

Guilin Duck Wrapped with a Lotus Leaf Guilin Duck Wrapped with a Lotus Leaf

The way to prepare this dish is almost similar to the way for preparing Steamed Pork with Mung Bean Flour Wrapped by a Lotus Leaf. Fry a duck, then stir-fry ingredients and seasonings for a few minutes, and stuff them into the duck belly. Wrap the duck with a lotus leaf and steam it until it is well done. The duck meat is tender and smooth, with the fragrance of the lotus leaf. This dish can help nourish the stomach, improve spirit and strengthen vital energy.

River Snails Stuffed with Mashed Meat River Snails Stuffed with Mashed Meat

The way to prepare this dish is: Crush the tails of river snails which have been bred in clear water for a few days, take off the dirty parts of the snails with a bamboo needle, filled mashed mushrooms and lean pork into the shells of river snails, put them into a pot, add seasonings, onions, gingers, garlic, a small amount of Sanhua liquor, sour peppers and Guilin preserved bean curd to them, stir-fry them over a high fire, and then stew them on a low fire. Sour, spicy and delicious, this dish will whet people’s appetite.

Stewed Fish in Beer Yangshuo Stewed Fish in Beer

It is a famous dish of Yangshuo. Cut a living carp from the Lijiang River into large pieces. Please don’t scale the fish. Fry the fish, add locally produced ginger, green peppers, tomato, seasonings and beer to it, and stew the fish over a low fire. This fish is tender, with a beautiful color, a good smell and a delicious taste.

Stewed Grain Flower Carp Stewed Grain Flower Carp

This dish originates from the rural areas in the suburbs of Guilin. The rice fields in Guilin teem with carps, three to five cun long (1 cun = 1/30 m), which live on grain flowers, hence the name Grain Flower Carp. The way to prepare this dish is very simple: clean the fish, take out all the internal organs of the fish, open the fish and place it flat on a pot, add a small amount of ginger, onions and other seasonings to it, fry the fish, add a small amount of water and stew it. If you like spicy food, you can also add some peppers to it. Such carps grow in the rice fields, they can only be found when paddy rice is growing. Catching fish in the rice fields is an interesting activity to urban people.

Stir-Fried Shrimps from the Lijiang River Stir-Fried Shrimps from the Lijiang River

It is a special local dish of Guilin. The way to prepare the dish is quite simple: stir-fry the shrimps for a few minutes, and then add a small amount of Guilin Sanhua liquor to it. As red as rubies, the shrimps are crisp, tender, refreshing and fragrant.

Stewed Ginkgo Fruits and Old Duck Stewed Ginkgo Fruits and Old Duck

It is a traditional tonic food, as well as a famous-brand dish of Guilin. First of all, cut an old duck into cubes, place them into a jar, add ginkgoes and various kinds of tonic traditional Chinese medicines and ingredients to it, and steam it over a low fire. The local people believe that this dish can help relieve internal heat, reduce phlegm, stop a cough and moisten the lungs. Hence it is a delicious dish, as well as a tonic.

Landscape Bean Curd

This dish is in the shape of the peaks in Guilin, hence the name. Cut bean curd into triangles, open a trough at the top of each triangle-shaped bean curd, fill the trough with mashed meat, place them on a porcelain plate and steam the bean curd until it is ready.

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