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Guilin Food – Most Popular Dishes and Recommended Restaurants

Guilin is an eater's paradise, with hundreds of restaurants of all kinds standing on most street corners and with whole streets of restaurants. However, it is usually not so easy to find the food one is looking for, even for local people like us.

Here's a guide to food experiences you shouldn't miss in Guilin and our recommended restaurants which are some of the best of their kind according to our own eating experiences in Guilin.

Most Popular Guilin Dishes

Guilin food is different from the food of some other areas, due to its natural, fresh, and healthy ingredients. Many Guilin ingredients are from forests (e.g. gingko nuts), from mountains (e.g. bamboo shoots), or even from paddy fields (e.g. water chestnuts, taro, or lotus roots); and not from factories or greenhouses.

Guilin Rice NoodlesGuilin Rice Noodles

Chinese menus, as you may know, are usually long and sometimes it is difficult even for locals to know exactly what is meant by many items on the menu. Many restaurants will probably not have any English speaking staff, so communication will be difficult. We have selected some of dishes that are among our favorites.

Guilin Rice Noodles

  • Ingredients: fresh rice noodles, topped with crispy fried pork, chopped sour string beans, and fried peanuts or fried soybean
  • Recommended Restaurant: Chongshan Rice Noodles 崇善米粉 (Add: 5 Yiren Road, next to the Clock Tower on Zhengyang Pedestrian Street 秀峰区依仁路5号,正阳步行街钟楼附近)
Guilin foodOld Duck Stewed in Gingko Nut Soup

Old Duck Stewed in Gingko Nut Soup

  • Ingredients: gingko nuts, water, duck from the Li River
  • Recommended Restaurant: The Old House Restaurant 桂林板路 (Add: 8 Zhongshan South Road, near Nanxi Park, Xiangshan District 象山区中山南路8号,南溪山公园附近)

Braised Pork and Taro Slices

  • Ingredients: streaky pork with meat, fat and skin, taro root
  • Recommended Restaurant: Forrest Gump Restaurant 阿甘酒家 (11 Pedestrian Street, Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District 象山区西城路步行街11)
Guilin foodBraised Pork and Taro Slices

Frittered Candied Taro

  • Ingredients: taro root, sugar
  • Recommended Restaurant: ‘Chinese Toon Roast Goose’ Restaurant 椿记烧鹅
    (Add: 2 Zhongshan Middle Road, Xiufeng District
    秀峰区中山中路2)

Steamed Li River Fish

  • Ingredients: a fish from the Li River (often a spotted long barbel catfish), ginger
  • Recommended Restaurant: Li River’s Story Restaurant 船说 (Add: in Chuanshan Park, Qixing District 七星区穿山公园内)
Guilin foodFrittered Candied Taro

Beer Fish

  • Ingredients: Li River fish (often a spotted lon barbell catfish), ginger, green pepper and tomato, fried in local beer
  • Recommended Restaurant: Yangshuo Cloud 9 Restaurant 阳朔聚福楼 (Add: intersection of West Street and Chengzhong Road, Yangshuo阳朔西街城中路)

Sour and Spicy ‘Rice Flower’ Fish

  • Ingredients: ‘rice flower’ fish from a paddy field, sour bamboo shoots, chilies, tomato
  • Recommended Restaurant: Forrest Gump Restaurant 阿甘酒家(Add: 11 Pedestrian Street, Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District 象山区西城路步行街11)
Guilin foodBeer Fish

Fried Pork with Crispy Skin (Guilin-style bacon)

  • Ingredients: streaky pork with meat, fat, and skin
  • Recommended Restaurant: The Old House Restaurant 桂林板路(Add: 8 Zhongshan South Road, near Nanxi Park, Xiangshan District 象山区中山南路8号,南溪山公园附近)

Sautéed Water Chestnut with Black Fungus

  • Ingredients: water chestnut, black fungus, carrot
  • Recommended Restaurant: The Old House Restaurant 桂林板路(Add: 8 Zhongshan South Road, near Nanxi Park, Xiangshan District 象山区中山南路8号,南溪山公园附近)
Guilin foodFried Pork with Crispy Skin

Rice Cooked in Bamboo Tubes (the most popular dish on Longsheng’s terraced fields)

  • Ingredients: sticky rice, pumpkin or bacon
  • Recommended Restaurant: Ancient Zhuang Village ‘Between Water and Clouds’ Restaurant 古壮寨水云间 (Add: Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng 龙胜县龙脊梯田景区龙脊古壮寨)

Stuffed Li River Snails (a popular dish in Yangshuo)

  • Ingredients: snail shells are stuffed with minced pork and a small amount of vegetables and mint, and then cooked in light sauce.
  • Recommended Restaurant: Green Lotus (Hotel) River View Chinese Restaurant 碧莲江景中餐厅 (Add: 1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo 阳朔观莲路1)
Guilin foodRice Cooked in Bamboo Tubes

Fried Pumpkin with Egg Yolk

  • Ingredients: pumpkin, egg yolk, salt
  • Recommended Restaurant: ‘Dznng Three Families’ Restaurant 曾三家味馆 (Add: intersection of Chuanshan East Road and Wulidian Road, Qixing District 七星区穿山东路与五里店路交叉口)

Sautéed Beef with Sour String Beans

  • Ingredients: beef, sour string beans
  • Recommended Restaurant: ‘Dznng Three Families’ Restaurant 曾三家味馆 (Add: intersection of Chuanshan East Road and Wulidian Road, Qixing District 七星区穿山东路与五里店路交叉口)

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Recommended Restaurants

We at China Highlights have selected several great restaurants for you to eat at during your stay in Guilin. These restaurants are not tourist hot spots, but good local restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food and that are very popular with local Guilin people.

In Guilin City

‘Gold Dragon Village’ Restaurant

steamed creamy custard bunsteamed creamy custard bun

This is a large up-market restaurant group with outlets spreading over the city and other places. Characterized by special food, warm service and the nice dining atmosphere, the group enjoys a good reputation around the area.

  • Chinese name: 金龙寨 Jinlong Zhai /jin-long zheye/
  • Recommended dishes: stewed glutinous rice with spareribs (糯香排骨), chicken cooked in a wooden bucket (木桶飘香鸡), shrimps of Lijiang River cooked in clay pot (漓江石锅虾), and steamed creamy custard bun (流沙包).
  • Average price per person: 50 yuan
  • Opening hours: 9am–10pm
  • Address: Floor 4, Shanhu Lake Hotel, Guilin Central Square, Xiufeng District(秀峰区桂林中心广场杉湖酒店 4层 )
  • Tel: 0773-2825533, 0773-2836199
  • Nearby hotels: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin Sheraton Hotel, Guilin Eva Inn

Forrest Gump Restaurant

The restaurant offers home style dishes, featuring sour and spicy (customers can ask the waitress/waiter to change the taste according to their favor). The dishes here are great and cheap, making it an attractive option for the local people. As its specialty, stewed meat and cabbage (炖菜 ) is popular and highly recommended.

  • Chinese name: 阿甘酒家 Agan Jiujia
  • Recommended dishes: roast duck (烤鸭 ), eggplant en casserole (sautéed with spicy garlic sauce) (茄子煲 ), and duck tongues with spicy salt (椒盐鸭舌 ).
  • Average price per person: 46 yuan
  • Opening hours: 10:30am–10:30pm
  • Address: 11 Pedestrian Street, Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District (象山区西城路步行街 11号 )
  • Tel: 0773-2887575, 0773-2808080
  • Nearby hotels: Guilin Osmanthus Hotel, Guilin Bravo Hotel

‘Chinese Toon Roast Goose’ Restaurant

roast goosea roast goose

As its name implies, ‘Chinese Toon Roast Goose’ Restaurant is famous for its roast goose with fine colors and flavors. The specialty is popular because of its crispy skin and fresh meat, and it tastes good, fat but not greasy.

The restaurant is decorated simply but it provides a pleasant atmosphere through its clean and tidy environment and considerate service. What’s more, the deserts here are unique and delicious.

  • Chinese name: 椿记烧鹅 Chunji Shao’e
  • Recommended dishes: sautéed goose liver in soy sauce (酱爆鹅肝 ), stir-fried goose intestines (爆炒鹅肠 ), honey-stewed bbq pork (蜜汁叉烧 ), steamed creamy custard bun (流沙包 ), sweet taro with sesame (拨丝芋头 ), crispy durian cake (榴莲酥 ), and fried rice with roast goose (烧鹅炒饭 ).
  • Average price per person: 54 yuan
  • Opening hours: 10am–9:30pm
  • Address: 2, Zhongshan Middle Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区中山中路 2号 )
  • Tel: 0773-2806188, 0773-2856188
  • Nearby hotels: Guilin Osmanthus Hotel, Guilin Bravo Hotel

Golden Oriole Hotel Floor 6 Restaurant 万鹏金象酒店 6楼餐厅
Add: 8 Binjiang Road, opposite Elephant Trunk Hill Park, Xiufeng District (秀峰区滨江路 8号,象鼻山公园旁 )

The Old House Restaurant 桂林板路
Add: 8 Zhongshan South Road, near Nanxi Park, Xiangshan District (象山区中山南路 8号,南溪山公园附近 )

Li River’s Story Restaurant 船说
Add: in Chuanshan Park, Qixing District (七星区穿山公园内 )

‘Dznng Three Families Restaurant’ 曾三家味馆
Add: intersection of Chuanshan East Road and Wulidian Road, Qixing District (七星区穿山东路与五里店路交叉口 )

Yangshuo

Kali Mirch (‘Black Pepper’) Indian Cuisine 阳朔黑胡椒印度餐厅
Add: Unit 108B, Building D, ‘Sunlight 100’, near West Street, Yangshuo (阳朔县西街阳光 100D-108B室 )

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Restaurant 胜地酒店餐厅
Add: 2 km west of Highway G321 on the north back of Yulong River, Yangshuo(阳朔县遇龙河畔 )

Luna Café Yangshuo
Add: 26 Moon Hill Village, Gaotian District, Yangshuo (阳朔县高田镇月亮村 26号 )

Longsheng

Longji Meiyou Café 龙脊没有饭店
Add: Ping'an Village, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng (龙胜县龙脊梯田景区平安寨 )

Ping’an Hotel Restaurant 平安酒店
Add: Ping'an Village, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng (龙胜县龙脊梯田景区平安寨 )

Longji Star-wish Resort 星愿山庄
Add: Ping'an Village, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng(龙胜县龙脊梯田景区平安寨 )

Vegetarian Restaurants

Ronghu Lake Hotel ‘Vegetarian Art Pavilion’ Restaurant 素艺阁
Add: 16 North Ronghu Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区榕湖北路 16号 )

‘Able to Care Vegetarian Restaurant’ 能仁斋馆
Add: Nengren Temple, 6 Lijun Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区丽君路 6号能仁禅寺内 )

‘Tea and Vegetarian Together’ Restaurant 茶素集
Add: 22 East Chuanshan Road, Qixing District(七星区穿山东路 22号 )

‘Kind Vegetarian Restaurant’ 慈素坊
Add: 12 East Chuanshan Road, Qixing District (七星区穿山东路 12号 )

Moon Food Energy Café
Add: near ‘Sunlight 100’, 8 Furong Road, Yangshuo (阳朔县芙蓉路 8号,阳光一百附近 )

Muslim Restaurants

‘Islam Precious Fragrance Halal Restaurant’ 伊珍香清真饭店
Add: 37 Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District (西城路 37号,清真女寺旁 )

Endian Halal Restaurant 恩典清真餐吧
Add: by the mosque, 1 Chongshan Road, Xiangshan District (象山区崇善路 1号,清真寺旁 )

Also more on best vegetarian restaurants in Guilin.

Experience Authentic Guilin Dishes with China Highlights

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For convenience, we have selected a number of dishes that are popular in Guilin, and made a menu with pictures. Your tour guide will show you the menu and you can select the food you would like to sample. Your guide will order the food for you and ensure you receive what you want.

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