The Best of Qufu
Most of the restaurants around the tourists area are so....ermmm, luckily we discovered unexpectedly a small restaurant that sells some really yummy, not only yummy but super yummy, the price of foods here are ridiculously low and once you entered you will see tables and chairs all fully occupied by customers.
I don't know how to describe the taste of foods, sorry, but maybe "so damn fcuking delicious" is a better way for expressing myself. Customers over here mostly are heavy drinkers, the restaurant sells many different types of liquor and beers, imagine smokings like mad inside such a tiny space but don't worry because once you tasted the foods here, you will go heaven.
The location is, let me start from the main entrance of the Confucius Temple (the cemented road with 2 rolls of old pine trees), walk towards the direction of the main road, at your right hand side a small alley leading to another small road, here you will see mostly single storey shops, the restaurant I mentioned is around here, look for the name of the restaurant (2nd photo).
Once you entered the door of this restaurant, you can see the boss himself standing right there in apron and in front of him are multiple plates of dishes, what you need to do at this moment is choosing your dishes by finger pointing and then pick a table to sit down, remember to order your beer or liquor. The price will not exceed 30 Yuan for a large amount of foods.
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CBC: China's version of KFC!
CBC stands for "China Best Chicken" and is a direct and rather blatant copy of KFC. Virtually everything mirrors the western fast food chain even down to the way it packages its burgers (see photo!). This branch is located on the corner of Gulou Street and Jingxuan Rd just outside the south gate of the old town. If you like KFC then you'll probably like this place.
Queli Hotel: Posh hotel food
Although I didn't stay here, I did come here to eat one evening. They have a huge dining hall where I was practically the only one sitting at a table. The food is pretty well priced bearing in mind that the hotel is 4-star and you get an English menu. Another reason to dine here are the rather attractive and strangely very tall waitresses!
Street Food: Near drum tower
There are a whole host of food stalls that come out during the evening near the Drum Tower. On offer are some simple Chinese dishes that are cooked on open grills along the street. You just simply choose what you want the 'chef' to cook by selecting the ingredients that are laid out in front of you and they'll cook it for you! Simple and cheap.
Night markets: Night markets - eat while you shop
Not that I'm frugal and don't want to pay for restaurants, but I prefer to interact with the locals, haggle a bit and eat what they do.
There are a few night markets in Qufu, but all are relatively small in comparison to Xi'an, Beijing or other main-stream cities.
Favorite Dish: The spiced hot dogs are great and easily for all with even the most critical palates.
They also have seasoned skewers/kabobs with beef/lamb and almost everything else.
Also, they have bread grilled with some seasonings, some filled with meat stuffing, some plain.
Everything was good!
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Youzheng hotel restaurent: Good quality, low prices
The menu is english, and well translated (this is rare in China). Teh food is excellent, delicious, well cooked.
The restaurent itself is very clean and pleasant.
Two dishes with rice and a beer came to under 30Yuan
Favorite Dish: I had thinly sliced pork fried with capsicum and chilli peppers, and grated aubergine sauteed with chillis and onions. Both were fantastic and there was enough food for two!
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