What to eat
Qian (Guizhou) cuisine tastes numb and spicy, which are two indispensable elements in Guiyang food. Numb refers to the condiment made from several spices and the spicy is mainly refined from red pepper. One typical local dish, Suan Tang Yu (Sour Soup Fish) is most delicious. Originating not in Guiyang, but in the Miao region, this dish has become a typical dish in this city.
Si Wa Wa (Sliced Vegetable Baby)
Si Wa Wa could well be the cheapest local snack. It literarily means the baby because it takes the shape of a baby in swaddling cloth. Actually it is a thin cake made of flour and stuffed with various sliced cooked vegetables such as the carrot, radish and other vegetables.
Chang Wang Noodle
It could be the most popular snack in the city. With a long history of more than 100 years, Chang Wang Noodle is highly-praised and enjoyed by locals.
Lian’ai Doufu Guo (The Bean Curd in Love)
It is another famous Guiyang snack. It has an interesting name along with a unique method of preparation which entails cutting a piece of bean curd horizontally, filling it with vegetables and sliced meat, then toasting the bean curd until it turns golden and then sprinkling it with sesame oil and other condiments. The name comes from lovers often sharing the bean curd with each other, which adds an element of romance to the food.
Where to eat
The Qian cuisine can be sampled at restaurants serving local dishes, like Yayuan, Yixin Yuan and Buyi restaurants. In lots of star hotels such as the Trade-Point, Guizhou and Guiyang Plaza hotels, Qian Cai, Sichuan, Cantonese and the Western Cuisine are served.
Near the fountain in the city center, there are two famous snack streets, Hequn Road and Shaanxi Road. A variety of food is available here, including Si Wa Wa and rice noodle.
Liuji Chang Wang Noodle
Location: Waihuan Road – near the Provincial Hospital of Guizhou
Ding Guan Cheng
Location: at the expressway entrance to the airport
Jue Yuan Zhai
Location: No. 11, Shushui Bei Road
Chan Yue Su Yuan
Location: No. 8, Shenqi Road