From fact to fiction, Guangzhou has always been connected to food. Legend has it that five gods riding on goats descended from heaven and brought with them five ears of corn to feed the hungry people.
This is probably a factor as to why Guangzhou is known as “China’s Capital of Gastronomy” today. Legend aside, with this city’s close proximity to a fish-abundant sea, Macau, and Hong Kong, it’s only natural to find the best of the best in local cuisine in this sprawling port city.
To honor the legendary five Gods, here are the top 5 gastronomic dishes you should try in Guangzhou:
Dim Sum, which translates to “touch the heart” and is associated with the Cantonese phrase yum cha or “to drink tea,” is a meal of small dishes that’s paired with tea.
It’s usually comprised of various steamed and fried buns, rolls, and dumplings in savory and sweet flavors.
The oldest and most popular dim sum restaurant in all of Guangzhou that still serves their dishes the traditional way. To try their dim sum, make sure to come in during breakfast or lunch because dinners are reserved for banquet-style Cantonese fare.
Another traditional dim sum restaurant. Dian Dou De has become such a hit that it now has 25 branches in Guangzhou.
Try their shrimp dumplings, shrimp and pork dumplings, rice rolls, durian puffs, and everything else on the menu because they’re actually all good.
A simple but addicting Cantonese dessert made of milk, egg whites, and sugar. It’s a velvety smooth custard that’s similar to flan or panna cotta but with two skins.
The first and second skins are formed during the cooling of the boiled milk and the cooked custard, respectively.
This restaurant is known for its Shuang Pi Nai, so much so that it’s always packed on weekdays, from morning until evening, especially during afternoon tea. The locals highly recommend their Steamed Ginger Milk too.
If you happen to chance upon a local food fair in Guangzhou, make sure to find a shuang pi nai stall because the homemade ones are actually the best ones.
Considered a special offering, Kao Ru Zhu or roasted whole suckling pig has been one of Guangzhou’s most popular delicacies for over 1,400 years.
Similar to lechon, it can be cooked over a low fire to maintain the skin’s smoothness, or roasted over a large fire for that melts-in-your-mouth texture.
Aside from their best-selling kao ru zhu, Wuu’s Restaurant also offers dim sum, hot pot, Hong Kong cuisine, and different types of dessert. It’s a great one-stop restaurant for delicious local delicacies.
Order a plate of kao ru zhu along with other recommended dishes such as steamed fish, roasted goose, spicy crocodile tail, sautéed crab, and more. Their menu has a little bit of everything for every craving.
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Traditional Fo Tiao Qiang which means “Buddha jumps over the wall” is made of 18 ingredients including shark’s fin, sea slug, chicken breast, duck, pig’s feet, dried scallops, mushrooms, abalone, pigeon eggs, and various seasonings.
All these ingredients are boiled with yellow wine and ginger for 15 minutes, and cooked in a wine jar to enhance the flavor. Chicken soup is then added before the jar is sealed with lotus leaves and boiled for two hours.
This restaurant is as classic and authentic as the food it serves. It has beautifully decorated private rooms if you’re dining with a big crowd, and offers a wide variety of well-presented Cantonese cuisine.
Enjoy their traditionally prepared fo tiao qiang and other dishes such as dim sum, steamed fish, barbecue ribs, red bean dessert, and more.
White cut chicken is a simple Cantonese dish wherein a whole chicken (including all parts) is gently poached in a flavored liquid so it comes out moist, tasty, and tender. The Bak Chit Gai is served with a side of ginger scallion sauce and rice.
According to the locals and tourists who have dined here, the food at PanXi Restaurant will exceed your expectations.
Everything on the menu is a must-try, but go for the bak chit gai, dim sum, barbecue goose, pigeon, and shrimp with gai lan sauce. The restaurant also offers a beautiful view of the river, so make sure to be seated by the window area.
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Hakaw, dim sum, noodles, and more.