A good friend of mine Thanis mentioned he will be going to Guangzhou this few months and it suddenly hit me on the face… OMG, I have a lot of overdue Guangzhou food posts! And here I am, digging out my Guangzhou photos like more than 1 year ago and to share with you guys out there! (29/12/14 – 02/01/15)
I considered myself very lucky in Guangzhou as compared to others. I’ve heard a lot of advise from people before I go to China and this Guangzhou trip is definitely my virgin China trip! As you know, common things like… people there are very very rude, they spit everywhere, they cut queue, overall, China is very dangerous….! These were all the negative comments I heard before departing. However, lucky for me, I had a very pleasant trip in Guangzhou. People I met, people I talked to, people I ask direction for, people I bargain during my shopping spree, they are all exceptional friendly and helpful!! That’s totally unpredictable. Everyone I encountered was very nice and polite (except when you are snatching for taxis) FYI, there’s a funny incident where I stand by the roadside trying to queue for the taxi. I politely asked the lady in front of me if this is the taxi stand and she replied me in a astonishing way like.. oh.. you must be a tourist, there is no queuing up for taxi, you have to snatch your own taxi! OK!! Thank you!! I managed to snatch a few tho. Hoho!
But not to say none, I encountered a very unhygienic man spiting when we were exploring the mall in the city area. I guess all the kind and polite people stay near the Beijing road or Shangxiajiu pedestrian street area because I spent most of my time there.
So today I am going to share some street food I had at Beijing road, aka a very popular shopping street and it is very near the place I stayed. Blessed!
It gets merrier when the sun goes down. You can see all the vendors start to operate during the evening time. I personally love this area because I love to explore and shop around shopping street or night market as compared to the malls.
Oh look, they even have a spectacular display of the road and stone material used in the Qing, Sung or Tang dynasty.
From street food to restaurants. They’ve got all.
One of the common street food in Guangzhou will be the beef offals stew. They are like everywhere in Guangzhou!!
Things you are afraid to get in a offals stew is the nasty smell of the intestines. Well, I’m glad all the offals are washed and cooked properly. No nasty taste, only tasty one! I specially love the beef balls and the beef tendons. So juicy and tender!
Sweet Potatoes! It can be easily find along the street as well.
Not only sweet potatoes, they have roasted chestnut as well. My favourite kinda snacks. One touching thing is that, the vendor actually gave us extra chestnut because
I am cute. Hahahha! Nah just kidding! Probably because we are tourist or something like that!
Double layered milk pudding is one of the must try dessert in Guangzhou. I selected the one with the longest queue…
Not too bad but if you do not like milk, you won’t like it. The milk and eggs smell is very strong but theres no problem for milk lover like me!
Came across a very small stalls selling seafood. They have a very wide selection of seafood. Choose anything you like!
We were curious about this one! Yes…. I never tried anything like this before and so, it will be my first order!
Pan grilled in butter. Oh my, everything in butter will taste heavenly
I would say there is a lot of flesh in this lobster crab kinda thing. Meat is very juicy and al dente. With a layered of butter crisp. Yums!
We had sea snails and prawns as well. Not the best but not too bad too!
Shark fin and scallop skin soup is ok. I should add more black vinegar in it.
Now, this is recommended by the very friendly lady boss. Sprite with lemon and sour plum. Its extremely refreshing even under the cold days like this. I guess after all the heavy flavoured seafood, something refreshing always help!
And what’s Guangzhou without dim sum and wanton noodles! All the Cantonese food!
I personally recommend this shop because 1.) they have all types of cheong fan 2.) the queue is damn scary long.
I am not a cheong fan person but cheong fan here definitely caught my heart. The flour layers are so thin, fillings are marinated well, the soy sauce is just nice and flavourful. Perfect combination. Just look at the oily silky cheong fan!
And my favourite goes to…. the pork liver cheong fan!!!!
Of coz, if you do not like pork liver, they have tonnes for you to choose from.
Fresh prawns cheong fan
Dried prawns cheong fan
Beef and pork cheong fan!
And for noodles, there’s only one which I think its absolutely mind blowing. Its called “Di Yi Mian” or to translate as “Number 1 noodles”
A simple wanton noodles beat everything.
You want something more than a common wanton? Get a crab roe wanton noodles!!!
The soup is so sweet and flavourful that you basically do not need any condiments. I came here like more than 3 days throughout the 4 days in Guangzhou. Epic right!
I tried to order something different, a pork leg noodles but oh well, forget about it, just get the wanton!
Another noodle place is located at the entrance of the Beijing road. Not as impressive but they have more choices. If you can’t find the “no.1 noodles”, you can always try out this.
Dried flat noodles with shredded pork
Wanton noodles.. hmmm! that’s alright..
And my ultimate beef combi noodles. Look at the size of the noodles!!! Add a splash of black vinegar and hot chilli oil and its good to go!
What I love about Guangzhou, they have magic beef balls! There are still lotsa juices in the balls man!
And lastly, I would like to share some main dishes and dim sum I’ve tried which is really good.. Discovered the shop by accident and it din’t disappoint me. Service is good as well and this is a restaurant where you can have your own table and enjoy your food slowly.
Tea!!! They served us tea in a much traditional way. Just the way I like it
Roasted goose. I prefer goose over duck because somehow I think the goose is more tender and the texture is lighter.
Water boiled beef. I love spicy stuff. Water boiled beef is basically beef slices soaked in a layer of chilli oil with a lot of other spices. It is commonly served with either beef slices or fish slices.
Steamed oysters with minced garlic.
Look at the size of the oysters!
Pan fried meat buns! The fillings for this is meat and chives! Simple yet delish!
Lastly we have stir fry eggs with chives and baby clams. Something that will keep you eating because the eggs itself is so fluffy yet so creamy in texture. The chives and the freshness of the clam add more flavours to the eggs and hence, you will just keep eating it.
So what did i do after my meal, before my meal or in between my meals while waiting for digestion? I went shopping! Shopping is crazy in Guangzhou. They offered like a 90% discount or even 95% sometimes. Holy mama!! The least they will also have like a 50% discount. I bought so many stuff that I have a buy a new luggage back. So cheap! Just so cheap! Totally compatible to Bangkok shopping spree!!
Some extra pictures for you! XOXO!