Gucheng District Dining
Around the scenic area of the Dayan Old Town or Shuhe Old Town there are many mid-range restaurants, mostly aimed at tourists. For more authentic local food head to the outskirts, where there are many hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The food here is tastier and cheaper. Here we introduce some famous local food in Gucheng District for you.
1. Sanwen Fish
Lijiang boasts the largest breeding base of Sanwen fish in China. Sanwen fish is cold-water fish, so the glacial melt water of snow mountain is particularly suitable for raising Sanwen fish either in water-quality or in water-temperature. The fry of Sanwen fish in Lijiang is introduced from Nowway. The Sanwen fish is featured with tender flesh and savory flavor, which is totally different from that of frozen products that commonly eaten. Sanwen fish is highly recommended.
2.Chickpeas Bean Jelly
On the street of Gucheng District, a famous snack named Chickpeas Bean Jelly is ubiquitous. Chickpea is a kind of soybean and it is just like the eyes of the chicken in shape, hence the name "Chickpeas" is given, which means chicken eyes in Chinese. Chickpea is main ingredient of chickpeas Bean Jelly. Soak the chickpea, grind the socked beans into soya-bean 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. Seasoned with red pepper, green leek, green onions, mustard, vinegar and other seasonings, the chickpeas bean jelly is so luring in appearance and palatable in taste.
3.Lijiang Stuffed Bun
Lijiang Stuffed Bun is a well-known snack in Lijiang created by diligent Naxi people, which is characterized by its luring color, crisp flavor and delicious taste. Wheat flour is the main ingredient for the Lijiang stuffed bun. Mix the flour with spring-water from Jade Dragon Mountain, smear plant oil onto it on the marble slate and roll the dough into a large thin piece. After scattering minced ham or sugar, roll it into cylinder-shape. Put the two ends of the cylinder together and press it into oblate-shape. Add sesame, walnut and others seasonings, bake with soft fire on the pan until golden-yellow, then the delicate round-shaped Lijiang Stuffed Bun is prepared. It has two flavors, salted and sugary, and you can choose either of them as you like.
4.Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot
The main ingredient in the salted pork ribs hot pot is pork ribs salted with wine, sugar, and spice and other seasonings. After stored the salted ribs in a water-filterable wooden vat for 15 days, the pork ribs are fully permeated with salt and flavor of flesh and rib are well-blended. Later, dry them in the shady ventilating area for one or 3 months, then the savory salted pork ribs are prepared. Boiling them with other vegetables in hot pot, the Salted Pork Ribs Hot Pot would be a great feast to your taste bud.
If you need a Western food fix there are numerous coffee shops, a burger place and the ever present KFC and Pizza Hut.