Tips of Yunnan Food

Tips of Yunnan Food provide some practical Yunnan travel tips such as Best Dishes to Eat in Yunnan, Best Places to Eat Yunnan Food, Most Popular Yunnan Food Tours, which can solve the problems-what to eat, where to eat and how to take a Yunnan food tour. 

Brief Introduction of Yunnan Cuisine

Yunnan cuisine, alternatively known as Dian cuisine, is an amalgam of the cuisines of the Han Chinese and other ethnic minority groups in Yunnan Province in southwestern China. As the province with the largest number of ethnic minority groups, Yunnan cuisine is vastly varied, and it is difficult to make generalisations. Many Yunnan dishes are quite spicy. Yunnan cuisine focuses on produce, like beautiful wild mushrooms foraged from the mountains and unique varieties of plants plucked from the countryside. It has its unique eating culture which highlights on the fresh taste of food. Flowers, ferns, algae and insects may also be eaten.

Must-Eat Dishes in Yunnan

Yunnan food, also known as Dian Cuisine, is one of the best regional eating experiences in China. Yunnan cuisine, with its blend of light southeast Asian flavors as well as the headier flavors of the Tibetan plateau, can be a refreshing break from typical Chinese food. While most of the mainstays of Chinese cooking are available in Yunnan, the region has a number of local specialties that should be tried if you visit the region. Below are several most famous dishes you must try when traveling to Yunnan.

Crossing the Bridge Rice Noodles

Crossing the Bridge Rice Noodles are the most celebrated specialty in Yunnan, served with a large bowl of hot chicken broth and a platter of side ingredients including rice noodles, slices of pork, fish and raw vegetables. You cook for yourself by adding them all into the stock, stir it well and then enjoy.

Steamed-pot Chicken

Featuring the chicken being steamed in a Yunnan-style clay pot with a mixture of medicinal herbs for 3-4 hours, Steamed-pot Chicken is famous for its tender meat, delicious soup and nourishing values.

Yunnan Mushroom Hotpot

A seasonal specialty with the broth made from brewing dozens of fresh mushrooms harvested wild from the mountains, such as boletus, matsutakes and bamboo fungus; the flavorful mushroom hotpot is best enjoyed from June to September.

Xuanwei Ham

One of the three best hams in China, Xuanwei Ham, noted for its small bones, thin skin, bright color and fragrant flavor, can be prepared in a number of different ways, including frying, steaming, grilling and stewing, to enjoy its delicate taste.

Rice-flour Cake(Er Kuai)

A popular Yunnan snack, Rice-flour Cake has many versions, like a large roasted pancake wrapped with pickled cabbage and spicy sauce, thin square pieces stir-fired with ham, vegetables and chili, or thread-shaped Ersi fried or just boiled quickly with hot soup.

Yunnan Dining by Region

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