At one of the many small hotel-restaurants in Pang'an I followed the advice of a group of departing Chinese tourists and ordered the area's famous chicken and rice cooked in bamboo. Even though this place was small, they had a menu with English translation and the same price I had been told by the departing Chinese.
At this time of year I was the lone diner. There was a table of local Chinese playing cards surrounded by a group of observers. They were very friendly.
After ordering I noticed someone leave the kitchen and return with a beautiful live chicken;
Food does not get any fresher that this!
Favorite Dish: The chicken and rice had a great subtle flavor enhanced by it having been steamed inside the bamboo. I was somewhat surprised that each piece of chicken came with a small piece of bone attached. This seemed to be taking the idea of cubed chicken to an extreme, but it did not harm the flavor.
These guys are, I bet, a bigger-city operation cashing in on the tourist dollar. That being said, they have internet and a nice restaurant that offers pizzas and other western food if the chicken heads in the hotpot get too much for you. They have a nice view of the area, English menus and at least when we were there (Feb. 2008) a waitress that spoke a little English and could suggest walks. There is an inn, of course, that's part of this place, but I recommend it more for the food, as the other places seem to have a bit more "rusticity" (new word) to them.
My tour party had lunch in one of the restaurants in Ping'an where I had a dish of beef and mushroom and rice steamed in bamboo, all washed down with cheap beer.
Half chicken cooked in soup served in hotpot style and another half of the chicken was cooked with bamboo shoots. Yummy! Charcoal-burnt sweet potatoes for supper after that.