Snacks in Yunnan
Yunnan has a special geographical and climatic environment, which is also a place where many ethnic groups live in harmony. The long history of culture makes Yunnan cuisine unique from other places. Of course snacks in Yunnan play an important role in local people’s life. Let’s see the famous snacks in Yunnan which you can have a try during your Yunnan travel.
Famous Snacks in Yunnan
1. Rice Noodles(米线)
Yunnan rice noodles is the most popular food among the local people. Yunnan people also give full play to the way of eating rice noodles, including cold, hot, and fried. The most famous rice noodle is Across Bridge Rice Noodle, which has a history of more than 100 years and was passed to Kunming more than 50 years ago.
2. Er Kuai(饵块)
Er Kuai is a local folk snack in Yunnan. It is made of boiled rice and pressed into blocks, usually in the form of round pancakes. The taste is similar to that of rice cake in the north. Er Kuai is usually baked on charcoal fire, and then coated with sauce and vegetable stuffing. The fragrance of rice is matched with the flavor of sauce, which is a delicious food favored by local people.
Rushan is a cow’s milk cheese of Yunnan, China. It is traditionally made by the Bai people. It is flat and has a leathery texture, served fried or grilled and rolled up on a stick. The Mandarin name means “milk fan” as it is said to resemble a folding fan.
4. Rose Flower Cake(鲜花饼)
Rose Flower Cake is a kind of crisp cake with Yunnan’s unique edible rose as filling. It has tender crisp outside and delicious fragrance. It is one of the representatives of Yunnan’s classic snacks. Yunnan’s unique geographical advantages here provide excellent conditions for the growth of edible roses. Edible roses are richer in nutrients than ordinary vegetables and have higher health care value. They taste sweet and bitter, rich in aroma and have the functions of soothing liver and relieving depression, and regulating blood meridians. They are natural green tonic products.
5. Jidou Liangfen(鸡豆凉粉)
Jidou Liangfen is the signature food in Lijiang Ancient Town. Jidou, namely, chickpea, is a unique type of legume in Lijiang. Chickpea is a kind of soybean and it is just like the eyes of the chicken in shape. Chickpea is main ingredient of chickpeas Bean Jelly. Soak the chickpea, grind the socked beans into soybean milk, boil it the milk until it turns gray-white and pour it into different-shape containers for modeling, then Chickpeas Bean Jelly is made. The chickpeas bean jelly is so luring in appearance and palatable in taste.
6. Lijiang Baba(丽江粑粑)
Lijiang Baba is the Naxi nationality unique flavor of food, has a long history, the Ming Dynasty ” the travels of Xu Xiake ” that is recorded. It is one of the characteristics of color, smell and taste, its production is the main raw material in Lijiang produced fine wheat flour. Lijiang Baba is divided into salty sweet two kinds, according to their own tastes to arbitrary selection. Its golden color, fragrance, taste crisp and delicious, some add drink butter tea, also have a boundless good flavor.
7. Rice Cooked in Fragrant Bamboo (竹筒饭)
Fragrant Bamboo Rice is also called Kaolan in Dai language. This food is especially cooked in bamboo tubes with pleasant smell. When finished cooking, the bamboo membrane inside the bamboo tube will stick to the rice, beating the bamboo tube and cutting it into halves, delicious Fragrant Bamboo Rice is just before your eyes.
8. Jianshui Roasted Tofu(建水烤豆腐)
Jianshui Tofu, also named Linan Tofu, is the traditional delicacy in Jianshui County. After the program A Bite of China, a large documentary film in China, Jianshui Roasted Tofu has been renown all over China.
9. Tamarind Cake(酸角糕)
Tamarind cake is a unique local snack in Yunnan. This food is mainly made of Yunnan Tropical Rainforest fruit sour horn. It has no additives and tastes very good. Its pure fruit flavor and good taste is suitable for all ages.It’s completely natural and is called the fruit juice that can be chewed.
Yunnan Snacks by Region
- Baoshan Snacks
- Chuxiong Snacks
- Kunming Snacks
- Dehong Snacks
- Diqing Snacks
- Honghe Snacks
- Dali Snacks
- Lincang Snacks
- Nujiang Snacks
- Lijiang Snacks
- Qujing Snacks
- Wenshan Snacks
- Xishuangbanna Snacks
- Yuxi Snacks
- Puer Snacks
- Yuanyang Snacks
- Zhaotong Snacks
- Jianshui Snacks
- Jinghong Snacks
- Mangshi Snacks
- Ruili Snacks
- Shangri-La Snacks
- Tengchong Snacks
Yunnan Food Culture Travel
For people who are interested in Yunnan food, it is a good choice to take a Yunnan food culture tour, which can help the tourists better understand Yunnan cuisine. Yunnan cuisine, also named as Dian cuisine, is an compound of the cuisines of the Han people and other ethnic groups in Yunnan Province, southwest China. With the largest number of ethnic minority groups, Yunnan cuisine is vastly varied. Many Yunnan dishes are quite spicy, and mushrooms are featured prominently. The ingredient is diverse and rare, like flowers, ferns, algae and some insects. Curious about Yunnan food? Why not start a Yunnan food tour?
Recommended Yunnan Food Culture Tours
- 1 Day Weishan Snack Festival Tour
- 4 Days Puer Tea Culture Tour with Jingmai Tea Mountains and Traditional Ethnic Villages
- 6 Days Kunming Jianshui Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces Photography Tour
- 7 Days Honghe Hani Ethnic Minority’s Long Street Banquet Festival
Read more about Yunnan Food Tours.