Unlike Foong, I had not yet written on any local delicacy in Guilin (桂林). Let me introduce to you Guilin rice noodles (桂林米粉). Guilin rice noodles have long captivated me few months before our Guilin trip when I first read about this delicacy in some of the Guilin travel sites. I did some findings prior to writing this post. I found out that Guilin folks has started to eat rice noodles since some 2,300 years ago! Gosh, that is a long history! At that time, Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇) of the Qin Dynasty 秦朝 (221 – 206 BC) sent his troops into the region in his attempt to unify China. The troops were not accustomed to the climate in Guilin plus food supply difficulties due to the fact that the region is located in mountainous areas, many of the soldiers often get hungry and sick. Besides, the troops also had trouble eating the local food. A cook thus created the Guilin rice noodles.
Since the Qin Dynasty, Guilin rice noodles have been the local breakfast staple. On our second morning in Guilin, I set out to locate this local delicacy for breakfast. We found this restaurant named Chong Shan Restaurant (崇善米粉店) located on Zheng Yang Pedestrian Street (正阳步行街). I could see that this restaurant is quite popular among local folks because there is always a long queue waiting to go in. You have to make your order and pay at a counter at the entrance. A coupon is then given to you and you can use it to claim your food inside the restaurant.
This is our rice noodles. If I am not mistaken, it is called pickled vegetable rice noodles (卤菜粉). Rice noodles are of course made of rice starch. I would call it the bigger size version of our very own Malaysian style rice vermicelli (bihun).
There is a board inside the restaurant giving advice on what is the best way to eat this picked vegetable rice noodles. One has to first stir and mix well the rice noodle and the topping. The noodle and the topping is first eaten without the soup. Once the topping has run out, you can add soup to the rest of your noodles. Besides, there are also various sauces and spices you can add to your noodles. Unfortunately, I only found out this a little too late!
We continued to have rice noodles for our breakfast in the next few mornings. We had also tried the famed horse meat rice noodles (马肉米粉). However, too much of the same food makes you throw up! Nonetheless, Guilin rice noodles are a must try local delicacy when one is in Guilin and Yangshuo (阳朔)!
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