In Kunming, picturesque natural scenery enhances delicious local foods. Kunming dishes are representative of Dian (Yunnan Province's short name) cuisine, which combines cooking styles of other cities as well as other ethnic minority group cuisine from around and outside Kunming 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. And there are also many pubs, bars and cafes that serve good quality meals.
Dian dishes are moderately salty and spicy. 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 Kunming, the tastes of which remains in the mind. Some recommended Dian dishes include the following:
Braised Jizong in Soy Sauce
Steaming- Pot Chicken
Kunming Bittern Duck
Recommended Dian Restaurants:
Kunming has numerous snack options in high streets and back lanes. Some famous snacks are as follows:
Bridge Rice Noodle (Yunnan Guoqiao Mixian)
This is one of the featured specialties of Kunming and Yunnan. 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 Bridge Rice Noodles are served at the Qiao Xiang Yuan (Culture Street Branch), located at No. 2 Wenlin Jie, Jinma Biji Square, Kunming.
Xuanwei Ham (Xuanwei Huotui)
Also called 'Yuntui' or 'Yunnan Ham', this 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 (Modeng Baba)
Baba is popular in Yunnan. It is a food made of flour, corn powder, sticky rice, lard, sesame and meat. The creators 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 a savory cream sauce.
Pastry is another local favorite in Kunming. Xuanwei Ham Moon cake is a Dian style moon cake praised even by emperors. Rose Cake is a seasonal fresh-tasting pastry with a stuffing of fragrant roses in bud. Best known is Dian Eight Articles, the representative pastry in Kunming. Eight Articles refers to eight cakes with eight different flavors. We recommend these as gifts.
Other Kunming Snacks
Besides Modeng Baba, other snacks include Shao Mai (steamed dumpling with the dough gathered at the top), Chou Doufu (bean curd), Wandou Fen (bean jelly), and Jicai Jiao (shepherd's purse dumpling).
Most hotels in Kunming offer western food in a noise-free environment at prices much higher than those charged in common Western restaurants. Some western restaurants are listed below.