Jinghong Dining

Jinghong dining gives you information about local food and places to enjoy the delicacies. Dai food will leave you a deep impression with its specific flavor during your Xishuangbanna travel.  The Dai food is a famous branch of Dian food. Dai ethnic cuisine, renowned among Yunnan Cuisine, is taking glutinous rice, sourness, grilled and aquatic products as the principal things and seasoned with wild flavor. 

What to Eat in Jinghong?

1. Pineapple Rice菠萝饭

This is an iconic Dai dish, combining two staples of the Xishuangbanna region — pineapples and rice. It is served as part of a meal even though it is quite sweet, but it is not a dessert. Add sugar or honey to taste. The trick is to ensure that chunks of pineapple, rather than pineapple juice, are mixed with the rice, otherwise it will turn almost sloppy. A new trend is to add cooked peanuts with the skin on. The dish looks even more attractive if a combination of white and red rice are used.

 2. Grasshopper Sauerkraut蚂蚱酸菜

Grasshoppers are pests, eats leaves of verdant rice paddy close season, has been eating fat grasshoppers catch back, pour in boiling water, boiled 3-5 minutes, remove and dry in Shau Kei. Knead by hand to the locust's wings and feet. Sprinkle a moderate amount of salt, pepper powder, pepper powder, fried beans, a few drops of wine, lightly rub evenly, salted into the tank, after two or three weeks is the scent run Haney Grasshopper sauerkraut.  

 3. Burned Food包烧

Burned food is one of the Dai people in Xishuangbanna, a special method of cooking food. Processed food in this way without the pot, with natural green banana leaf for cooking tools, cooking food with fresh leaves, charcoal fire in fireplace for heat, food is cooked.Burned this way, processing of cake, Shui Xian, meat Roast vegetables with wild mushrooms, wild taro and pumpkin tips, beans sweet bamboo shoots and so on.

 4. Bamboo Rice竹筒饭

Bamboo rice is loaded with fresh steamed rice and seasonings cooked meals.For field production in mountain areas or at home using a charcoal grilling.Bamboo rice , has a long history, green bamboo, rice, butter yellow,aroma floating, flexible, excellent.

 5.Leaves Steamed Pork叶包蒸猪肉

Its ingredients include pork, onion, garlic, ginger, green pepper, pepper,salt, citronella. 

Famous Jinghong Food by Ethnic Groups

Dish Name Ethnic Group
Salted Cattle Tendon (腌牛脚筋) Dai
Chrysanthemum and Fillet Hot Pot (菊花鱼片火锅) Dai
Lemon Fish(柠檬鱼) Dai
Chicken Boiled with Sour Bamboo Shoots (酸笋煮鸡) Dai
Fried Bamboo Insect (油炸竹虫) Dai
Pork Steamed in Banana Leave (蒸肉饼) Dai
Fried Beef Skin (炸牛皮) Dai
Ghost Chiken (傣味鬼鸡) Dai
Bovine Bile Soup (傣味撒撇) Dai
Fish Soup With Grilled Heated Pebble (卵石鲜鱼汤) Bulang
Sour Ant Eggs (酸蚂蚁蛋) Jino
Salted Fish (腌酸鱼) Jino
Chicken Porridge (鸡肉稀饭) Hani
Rouya (肉芽) Aini

Snacks in Jinghong

Due to the hot and humid climate, Xishuangbanna snacks feature in spicy and sour tastes. The snacks in Xishuangbanna mainly include barbecue, pestled tropical food and fresh fruit drinks. People usually enjoy them in the afternoon or evening.

1. 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 after some beating the bamboo tube, then the tube is cut into halves, delicious Fragrant Bamboo Rice is just before your eyes.

2. Haobeng Crisp Pancake (豪本)

"Haoben" is the transliteration from a Dai ethnic word which means crisp pancake. It is also a dessert of the Dai ethnic people prepared during the Water Splashing Festival. Basic materials for Haobeng include glutinous rice, black sugar, yolk and sesame--all of which are ground together for making dough. When cakes made from the dough are dried, they can be prepared by baking.

3. Haoluosuo/Glutinous Rice Cake (豪罗索)

"Haoluosuo" is also the transliteration from a Dai ethnic word which means glutinous rice cake. It is usually prepared during the Water Splashing Festival. Basic materials for Haoluosuo include glutinous rice, black sugar and smashed peanut as its stuffing, then the glutinous rice dough with the stuffing inside is wrapped in banana leave and steamed for half an hour. 

4. Dai Ethnic Smashed Papaya (傣味舂木瓜)

Named as  the "kingdom of plants", Xishuangbanna is a gourmet paradise for many visitors who will find smashed papaya is a representative of the assorted Dai ethnic snacks. Prolific papaya trees are one of the enticing sights in most Dai ethnic villages. Locals like to mix papaya filaments and spices such as fresh pepper, tomato, garlic, lemon, salt, sugar and fish gravy, etc, and pestle them in a mortar to make smashed papaya. Tasting sour, sweet, spicy, salty and a little fishy, smashed papaya is available in most parts of  Xishuangbanna.

5.  Smashed Chicken Claw (傣味舂鸡脚)

Visitors to Xishuangbanna maybe surprised at the Dai snack that chicken claw is smashed to be a dish. The chicken claw is mixed with filaments and spices such as fresh pepper, tomato, garlic, lemon, salt, etc, and then pestled in a mortar. Tasting sour, spicy and salty , smashed chicken claw is available in most cold drink shop of  Xishuangbanna.

6. Fried Eggplant (烤茄子)

It seems to Dai people that almost every vegetable can be roasted for eating. Barbecue in Xishuangbanna is very popular among local people. The eggplant is roasted thoroughly, then cutted in half and eaten with sufu sauce or spicy lemon sauce.

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Where to Eat in Jinghong?

There are many restaurants in Jinghong City, where you can eat ethnic delicacies such as Dai food, Hani food, Jino Food as well as Thai food. Cuisines of other provinces can also be found in Jinghong. The following ones are our recommendations for Restaurants in Jinghong.

Popular Restaurants in Jinghong

  • Rulijinwan Family Restaurant  如哩金湾私房菜
    Add: No. 2-119, Jingmeng Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City(景洪市告庄西双景勐景寨2-119)
  • Menghai Wangfu Restaurant  勐海人王府餐厅
    Add: No. 22, Jinglan Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City (景洪市告庄西双景景兰寨22栋)
  • Aini. Jibaduo Restaurant  爱伲.基吧哆
    Add: No. 116, Jingmeng Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City(景洪市告庄西双景景勐寨116号)
  • Yiwu Delicacies Restaurant 易武臻味楼
    Add: No. 27, Jingliang Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City (景洪市告庄西双景景亮寨27栋)
  • Caichunqing Restaurant  财春青
    Add: No. 193, Manjinglan, Manting Road, Jinghong City (景洪市曼听路曼景兰193号)
  • Chongmugua Dai Restaurant 舂木瓜傣味餐厅
    Add: Menghai Road, Jinghong City (景洪市勐海路)

Southeast Asia Food Restaurants

  • Chongmugua Dai Restaurant 泰色主题餐厅
    Add:No. 7-103, Jingmeng Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City (景洪市告庄西双景景勐寨7-103)
  • Chongmugua Dai Restaurant 泰椰天香泰国料理
    Add: No. 110, Building 12, Jinghan Village, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City (景洪市告庄西双景景罕寨12栋110)
  • Lanxiang Diet Bar 蘭象餐吧
    Add: No. 5-111-113, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong City (景洪市告庄西双景景勐寨5-111-113)
  • Yedena Restaurant 莎湾椰德纳美食坊
    Add: 3rd Floor, Shawan International Commercial Center, Jinghong City (景洪市勐泐大道沙湾国际广场3楼)
  • Mianli Cold Drink Shop 缅丽
    Add: No.1-93, Building C, Shawan International Commercial Center, Jinghong City (景洪市沙湾国际商业广场C幢1-93号)

Muslim Cuisine Restaurants in Xishuangbanna

  • Jinghong Jiyun Muslim Restaurant 景洪继云清真美食馆
    Add: No.12, Zhuanghong Road, Jinghong City (景洪市庄洪路12号)
  • Kongquelin Muslim Restaurant 孔雀岭清真食馆
    Add: No.7, Mengle Avenue, Jinghong City (景洪市勐泐大道7号)
  • Damanme Muslim Beef  Restaurant 大曼么清真牛菜馆
    Add: Melong Road, Jinghong City (景洪市么龙路)
    Tel: 0691-2141925

Western Restaurants in Jinghong

  • Qingye/Green Leaf Western Restaurant 青叶西餐厅
    Add: Galan Middle Road, Jinghong City (景洪市嘎兰中路)
  • Shengshijingdian Steak (Menghai Road Branch) 盛世经典牛排(勐海路店)
    Add: RT-Mart, Xishuang 12 City Commercial Center, No.2, Menghai Road, Jinghong City (勐海路2号西双12城大润发)
  • Jiakelai Steak 佳客来牛排
    Add: 2nd Floor of Building 10, Wal-mart Store, Songkran Square, Jinghong City (泼水广场沃尔玛商场10幢二楼)
  • Duonaduo Western Restaurant 多纳多西餐厅
    Add: 3rd Floor, Wanda Plaza, Jinghong City (景洪市万达广场3楼)
  • Kabana Italian Restaurant卡芭纳意大利餐厅
    Add: Underground Floor, Caifu Shopping Center, Jingde Road, Jinghong City (景德路财富广场负一楼)

Popular Barbecue Streets in Xishuangbanna

  • Manjinglan Dai Barbecue Street (曼景兰傣味烧烤街)
    Add:Menghai Road, Jinghong City (景洪市勐海路)
  • Manting Xiaozhai Barbecue (曼听小寨烧烤)
    Add:Manting Village, Menghai Road, Jinghong City (景洪市勐海路曼听小寨)
  • Riverside Barbecue Street (江边夜市烧烤街)
    Add:Daijiangnan Food Street (傣江南风情美食街)
  • Gaozhuang Barbecue Street (告庄夜市烧烤街)
    Add: Gaozhuang Xishuangjing Scenic Area, Jinghong City (告庄西双景景区)