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Kunming Cuisines

In Kunming, picturesque natural scenery enhances delicious local foods. Its dishes are representative of Dian (Yunnan Province) cuisine, which combines cooking styles of cities and nationalities in Yunnan Province. With its high humidity and mild temperatures Kunming provides abundant fruits and vegetables all year for local cuisine. In addition, there are numerous snack options in high streets and back lanes.


Dian Dishes


Dian dishes are moderately salty and spicy. To 'do in Rome as the Romans do', try the local food specialties while traveling there. The unique delicacies from Kunming are famous throughout China; especially the fresh wild mushrooms. There is an edible wild mushroom family of over 200 varieties in the region, the tastes of which remain in mind. Some recommended Dian dishes include Steaming-Pot Chicken , Braised Jizong (mushroom) in Soy Sauce , Bittern Duck.


 A recommended restaurant for the dishes mentioned is Fuzhao Lou located at Meishicheng crossing near South Gate, prices about 50 yuan per person. Another famous Dian restaurant is Lao Fangzi (old house). It is located at No. 18 - 19 in Jixiang Xiang, Dongfeng Xi Lu. The charming restaurant is a typical Yunnan residence with a 100-year history.


Local Snacks



Across Bridge Rice Noodle

Across Bridge Rice Noodle (Yunnan Guoqiao Mixian) is one of the featured local specialties. It has three main parts: a bowl of extremely hot chicken broth, various slices of meat, including chicken, fish, and meat up to nine varieties, with various seasonings and rice noodles.The most authentic and tasty Across Bridge Rice Noodles are served at the Qiao Xiang Yuan (Culture Street Branch). It is located at No. 2 in Wenlin Jie, Jinma Biji Square.


Xuanwei Ham

Xuanwei Ham (Xuanwei Huotui) also called 'Yuntui' or 'Yunnan Ham' is one of the three famous and best hams in China. The main ingredient in many local dishes, Yunnan Ham retains its unique flavor and can be stored for long periods of time. Offered in most local restaurants, ham preparation includes baking, salting, pestle, warming, and freezing.


Modern Cake

Modern Cake (Modeng Baba)Baba is popular in Yunnan. It is a food made of flour, corn powder, sticky rice, lard, sesame and meat. The initiators of Modern Baba were two pretty sisters who made sweet and tasteful Baba that attracts people even today. Modern Baba has a crisp exterior and a soft interior; it is sweet with savory cream.


Neighboring on Xinan Dasha is a snack street. Guanshang Lu is recommended for wild mushrooms. Bei Damen Jie, Xingyuan Lu, Dianchi Lu and Guannan Dadao are famous dining areas.
Most hotels in Kunming offer Western food in a noise-free environment at prices much higher than those charged in common Western restaurants.


Recommanded restaurant


Jia Yan Restaurant 

Festures: fabulous feast restaurant.

Location: No.5, Cuihu North Road, Kunming

Telephone: 0871-5110587


De Yi Ju Restaurant 

Features:pleasant restaurant

Location:Jinbi Road, Kunming

Phone: 0871-3633555


Cross Bridge Rice Noodle Restaurant

Location: No.113, Taoyuan Road, Panlong District, Kunming
Phone: 0871-3151126

How to get there: take buses No. 129, No. 84 and No. 71 to get there.


Auspicious Clouds Food Street 

features: a street with a lot of delicioius foods inclusing both traditional and western food

Location: Xiangyun Road, Wuhua District, Kunming