What to eat in Yunnan
Over the Bridge Rice Noodles
is a typical Yunnan local flavor that could only be tasted in some
parts of Yunnan. The Over the Bridge Rice Noodles has along history
and it carries with itself a vivid love story.
This famous dish consists of several
courses and a big bowl of chicken soup with very thick
oil on top to keep the heat for cooking the food items,
including raw pork, cooked chicken pieces, pork liver,
slices of squid and slices of carp for the first course
to be dipped into the boiling hot soup. Vegetables are
then added afterwards as the second course, and the
rice noodles follow as the last course. It is a kind
of snack food in Yunnan . Surely enough , you are eager
to have a taste of Yunnan Over the Bridge Rice Noodles.
Steam Potted Chicken
Steam Potted Chicken with Tienchi
& Steam Potted Chicken with Cordyceps
In the old times, there used to be
a restaurant famous for its steam potted chicken. Later
they created a new variety with gastrodia tuber in the
soup, becoming one of the well known local nutritious
dishes in Kunming.
Early in the Qianlong Era of the Qing
Dynasty, the steam potted chicken became popular among
the common people. Jianshui County has a long history
in producing the best pottery ware in Yunnan. Pots produced
in this county has different shapes and forms.
The steam pot has a hollow tube fixed
in the center, up to the height of the pot. Food including
the raw chicken pieces, ginger, salt and so forth are
put around the tube and the pot is placed onto a bigger
pot with boiling water underneath. Steam will come up
from the small hole in the middle to heat the food in
the pot. The Chicken will be ready about three or four
hours. The same method is used to cook other food and
will increase the flavor of the dish.
Yiliang Roasted Duck
Have you ever heard that the Yiliang
Roasted Duck can be compared with the famous Beijing
Duck? Only they are roasted each in their own way. Therefore,
they have different tastes. The "Goujie (dog street)
Roasted Duck" produced in the Goujie Street of
Yiliang is extraordinarily delicious, with the crispy
and yellowish skin, soft and tender duck meant, has
a special slight flavor of pine needles.
Ham is also famous as Yunnan Ham, one of well-known hams in China.
The history of Xuanwei ham dates back to the fifth year of YongZheng
times in Qing Dynasty (AD 1727). Xuanwei ham won a prize at the
Panama Fair in 1915. In 1923, Mr. Sun Zhongshan wrote an inscription
"Yin He Shi De" (which means "eat properly for a
sound mind") for Xuanwei ham and taste it at a food competition
held in Guangzhou. Xuanwei ham has been selling well to Southeastern
Asia and European countries.
As a rule, the Xuanwei ham is processed
during the winter. Select the best pork leg and press
out the pork blood completely. Rub it with salt and
smoke or air it dry after the salt permeates to a certain
depth of the pork. Try to test the pork leg in three
when the surface of the pork turn in green. The quality
standard is to have the ham fragrance from three needles
punched in the pork. Cut the ham open from the middle,
it looks bright in color and has a clean fresh color.
It can be preserved well in cellar with low moisture
or in a warehouse with good air conditioning. Xuanwei
ham can be bought from any big or small stores. If not
convenient for travelling, it is possible to by canned
Sweet Tonghai Peapowder Candy
The sweet Tonghai peapowder candy
is a famous traditional snack. It is very easy to get
it from any store and shopping stand.
The ingredients of the sweet Tonghai
Peapowder Candy is made of quality white sugar, rice
cerealose, and roasted peapowder(broad bean or pea).
Er Kuai (Rice Cake)
Er Kuai is made of quality rice, pressing
it into its form after the rice is cooked, so it is
called "rice cake".
There are different ways in cooking
Er Kuai. You can boil, roast, or oil fry it. Er Kuai
is a very popular local dish, it is indispensable to
every household during Lunar New Year family party.
A special cooking method is to smoke
if over a charcoal fire, then put some jam on the top.
Er Kuai cooked in the way is often found at the breakfast
table in Yunnan.
Meigui ( Rose ) Rutabaga
Meigui rutabaga ( preserved rutabaga
with rose smell ) has a history of over seven hundred
years. It is made of selected local quality rutabaga.
Eryuan Cheese Piece
Eryuan in Dali Bai Nationality Prefecture
is a hometown of diary cows. Cheese is one of the diary
products. It is made of yogurt and fresh cow milk. After
being boiled, the mixture of the yogurt and milk is
made into a shape of fan. It can be oil fried or baked
for eating. It is one of the major food items in the
Three Courses Bai Tea Ceremony. It is easily kept for
a period of time and is easy to cook.
Lunan Preserved Smelly Bean Curd
It is said that the production of
Lunan Smelly Preserved Bean Curd has a long history.
The main ingredients include smelly bean curd, chili,
anise and fennel, and some additives such as wine.
Qujing Pickled Chives Flower
This local product was first produced
in the Guanxu Year of the Qing Dynasty. Main ingredients
include chives flower, salt, wine, chili, and brown
Sweet Pickled Kaiyuan Chinese Onion
Kaiyuan is a place in the south Yunnan and it is famous
for its delicious sweet pickled Chinese onion. It is
made of the Chinese onion, salt, chili, brown sugar,
wine. After being sealed in a jar for three months,
it is ready. It tastes crispy and slightly sweet.
Smoked Smelly Bean Curd
It is one of the popular snacks found
in the night snack market in Kunming. Quality Bean Curd
is used as the raw material and it is smoked over a
charcoal fire. If you have chance to be at the night
snack market in Kunming, remember to experience it yourself.
The Eight Treasures of Yunnan
Of all the well - known Yunnan
cakes, the Eight Treasures of Yunnan comes the first.
It is packed in eight small pieces. It consists of one
hard - skin cake, a ham - stuffed moon part, two crispy
white parts stuffed with puree and two crispy parts
stuffed with sesame, peanuts, mushroom and rutabaga