Kunming cuisine is various and coveted. Whatever street snacks, barbecues, or elegant indoor restaurants all have local characteristics. Yunnan cuisine tastes similar to Sichuan food, with a strong emphasis on sour and hot dishes. Most notably, Yunnan people especially like to eat potatoes and fungi.
What To Eat in Kunming
Yunnan rice noodles and wild mushroom are two things you can not miss when you are in Kunming. In addition, the unique snacks of Yunnan ethnic minorities are also worth a try, such as Baojiang bean curd(包浆豆腐), Bai's Er Kuai, Baba, Papaya water and so on.
Dian dishes are moderately salty and spicy. Try the food specialties when you are in Kunming.
Steam Pot Chicken(汽锅鸡)
Steam pot chicken, getting the name from cooking with steam pot, is one of the famous dishes in Yunnan. The main food material is chicken and the main cooking method is boiling. The steam pot chicken has the effect of tonifying deficiency, nourishing the body, enriching the blood, invigorating the spleen and stimulating the appetite.
Yunnan is the kingdom of wild fungi, with thousands of varieties. Wild mushroom contains a variety of amino acids, rich nutrition and delicious taste. Some of the famous and common ones are Jizong, bolete, matsutake, chanterelle and so on.
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Across Bridge Rice Noodle
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.
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.
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Where to Eat in Kunming
Kunming Food Street
If you want to eat authentic Yunnan snacks, you might as well stroll around kunming food street. Nanping street is the most famous local food street and commercial street. In addition, Daguan commercial city, Xiangyun food city, Heping Village Food Street and other more down-to-earth snack street can make you feel the charm of local food.
Popular Yunnan Cuisine Restaurants
When you're in Kunming, you can't leave without eating Yunnan food, whether it's rice noodles, mushroom hotpot, or ethnic minority dishes. Here below are some recommended restaurants.
- Fu Zhao Lou(福照楼)
Address: No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu District, Kunming City昆明市官渡区北京路98号
- Dian Jun Wang Yinhai Branch(滇菌王)
Address: No.179-181, Guanxing Road, Guandu District, Kunming City昆明市官渡区关兴路179-181号
- 1910 South Railway Station Restaurant(昆明1910火车南站餐厅)
Address: Qianwei West Road, Dianchi Lake Tourist Resort, Xishan District, Kunming City昆明市西山区滇池旅游度假区前卫西路
- Shiping Guild House(石屏会馆)
Address: No.24, Zhonghe Alley, Wuhua District, Kunming City昆明市五华区中和巷24号
- Yi Ke Yin(一颗印)
Address: No.18-19, Jixiang Alley, Dongfeng West Road, Wuhua District, Kunming City昆明市五华区东风西路吉祥巷18-19号