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Great food in Yunnan province-- esp Kunming and Lijiang

crowsonguy Jun 25, 2006 10:11 PM

Traveling to Kunming area, Lijiang area (including Shigu). I know I will get good food, but are there any great food spots I shouldn't miss? I like meat, veg, fish, tofu, spicy stuff. Also any cooking schools or places I could participate in cooking for a short while? I love this part of China.
I'll post a report when I return in August

  1. Gary Soup Jun 25, 2006 10:49 PM

    I recalled a brief but useful thread on Lijiang from some time back, and found it here:

    http://chowhound.com/topics/show/2629...

    I'm sure a search will turn up some goodies on Kunming, too, that being a well-visited city. Just be sure you are searching in "International" or "All Forums" because they won't have been pulled into "China" yet.

    1. James G Jun 26, 2006 02:09 AM

      I seem to recall from when I was in Lijiang a few years ago that the food was generally good, but not particularly outstanding. I also recall hearing of a place that offered cooking classes, but the impression I got was that it was geared toward novice cooks who would be thrilled to learn that the Chinese cook in a "wok", rather than knowledgeable people who want to learn local techniques etc. But please do report what you find--I'd be interested in trying out your finds on my next trip.

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        haozi888 Jul 2, 2006 08:25 AM

        My husband and I were in Lijiang a few years ago and thought the best food we had were in these dive noodle shops in the old city. The noodles are extremely cheap (less than US$1 a bowl) but really yummy. We went to a few expensive restaurants but were not extremely impressed.

        1. Gary Soup Jul 4, 2006 04:41 PM

          Rummaging through my favorite blogs today, I rediscovered these delectable entries in Wrapped In Dough:

          Lijiang:

          http://www.wrappedindough.com/archives/2005/02/lijiang_naxi_cu.php

          Kunming:

          http://www.wrappedindough.com/archives/2005/02/new_years_eve_m.php

          http://www.wrappedindough.com/archive...

          Enjoy them and the other entries while you can. Unfortunately, Astrid is letting her blog perish, as she is too busy with law school.

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            mary shaposhnik Jul 5, 2006 11:48 PM

            Whoa, this is weird--stumbling upon this thread, when last night I dreamt I was in Kunming, walking around with the Skytrain whizzing overhead, showing my friends all the different kinds of noodles in a covered market (seriously). In particular, we stopped at a stall and were discussing the thick, square potato noodles.

            I know they aren't square, but I do remember eating potato noodles in Dali, and they were thick and slightly gluey, but with an excellent spicy chile sauce. But I don't really know much about them -- are potato noodles common? What are they called? That blog was great, maybe they'll show up there some day...

            Looking forward to getting the report back from what you find on your trip.

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              foodfirst Jul 6, 2006 07:32 AM

              Here in Malaysia we have sweet potato noodles - purple, thick and gluey as you describe. Fried, chile optional. I think they are a Hakka dish and Hakka are great migrants ... maybe to Yunnan as well?

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                RST Jul 23, 2006 07:38 PM

                Thanks for the recs. Pls keep them coming. I will be following this thread intently for the next mnths as I prepare for a trip to Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in late October. Yes, Lijiang and Kunming are on the itinerary, but so are Dali and the Xishuangbanna region (and no, I won't have the time to cross over to Laos etc on this trip). But I will also be exploring the culinary specialties in small towns of Pampanga and Bulacan-will definitely write back...

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