Kunming Restaurants

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  • Slice of Heaven Cafe, Bakery and Wine Bar: It's a slice of heaven for travelers

    by bduff98 Written Feb 21, 2013
    Slice of Heaven Bakery, Cafe and Wine Bar

    This cafe is a welcome hide-out spot on a pretty tree lined street for when you're needing a break from of China. The coffee is good and the cakes are made on the premises. There seemed to be a good selection of reasonably priced imported wines, some available by the glass.

    Favorite Dish: I had a pizza. the sauce and toppings, pork sausage, mushroom, onion jam and cheese worked just right. My friend had a chicken and roasted red pepper sandwich with bread made on the premises followed by a huge slice of carrot cake which she shared with me. Yumm! We'll be back

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    The Brothers Jiang: Yunnan Must : Rice Noodles Over the Bridge

    by hooiluangoh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Red & blue are the signature colours of the place

    The noodle has a story behind. A man was hiding away in the forest to concentrate on his studies, in preparation for the emperor's examination. The wife took care to deliver his meals everyday from her kitchen in town, only to see the piping hot dishes turn cold when she finally got to where he was. She invented a combo-meal instead, which was a hot soup topped with a thick layer of oil so that the heat would not escape. She also prepared various types of meat, sliced so thin it would cook immediately when dipped in the hot soup. The meat was not cooked beforehand so that it would retain its tastefulness when it entered the mouth. The combo set also included various veges and rice noodles.

    This is a chain restaurant. So the standards of hygiene is about there. And what it sells is the most reknown food in Yunnan - Cross Bridge Rice Noodles (guo qiao mi xian), although I think Rice noodles over the bridge is a better translation.

    If you order the package above 10 yuan (there are 4 packages, 10, 20, 40, 60), then you get to sit in a nicer hall upstairs with a theme deco, and the quality of the ingredients are "upgraded" according to the price. For example, the 10 yuan package does not include a little condiment made of a kind of expensive mushrooms.

    You get to choose if you want plain white rice noodles, or vinegared rice noodles which are bigger size (the noodles, not the serving), and has a yellow taint.

    Favorite Dish: Order the 20 yuan package, you get 2 things:

    1) a little bowl of steamed chicken soup. the serving spoon is pea-sized. Cute for the first time. You'll swear the next time.
    2) a set of " Rice Noodles Over the Bridge"

    The noodles set comes in 3 portions:
    1) The very hot chicken soup
    2) The rice noodles
    3) The numerous little plates of meat/seafood/vege, ranging from raw to cooked.

    You will pour the plates of stuff into the soup, starting from the raw. Lastly, put the rice noodles.

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    The Greenery Cafe: Even more erratic service

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 6, 2008

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    I ordered a six course steak meal for Y53, here, which consisted of a soup, shrimps in some kind of sauce, salad, sirloin steak, dessert and a coffee. Well, I have to say that the service was terrible. The steak arrived as the second dish so I had to send it back. It then arrived again at the same time as the salad and was taken away again and then I had to wait 10 minutes for it to arrive after I had eaten the salad! Beer was again served at room temperature and so came with ice. The steak came, for some strange reason, with spaghetti, which I couldn't fathom out why and just had Gordon Ramsey's words in my head when he goes to struggling restaurants and tells them how cr*p they are! Anyway, the meal was actually very good, except for the spaghetti, and very well priced. Staff don't speak English.

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    Happy Steak: Erratic service but good food

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 6, 2008

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    This place was right next door to where I was staying on the southern side of Green Lake Park. I came here for breakfast which was very fancy (see one of the photo's) where I had eggs shaped like hearts and bacon followed by 4 slices of lightly toasted bread served on a bamboo rack each with a different topping of jam (one had peanut butter on it!). The bread was obviously meant to be eaten with tea in the afternoon but it suited my tastes for breakfast. I then came back for dinner where they do a buffet for RMB59. Other items on the menu include salads (RMB18-30), soup, chicken, pork dishes, sirloin, NY steak, tenderloin (between RMB68-78), lamb rack, pizzas, sandwiches, juices/shakes, ice creams and beer/wine. The service is very erratic and eccentric and can be extremely slow. I had to shut to get someone's attention when sitting upstairs.

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    Fruit Vendors: Kunming-Xishuangbanna

    by John195123 Written May 12, 2008
    Bananas

    If you happen to need fruit, there are vendors along the road in many places- not on G323, but on the smaller roads. Keep in mind buying fruit, however, that there are poisons and pesticides et cetera in use here that the west prohibits... so wash the fruit well and don't eat non-peelable fruit for other reasons, such as fecal fertilizers.

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    Fruit Vendors: Kunming-Xishuangbanna

    by John195123 Written May 12, 2008

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    Bananas

    If you happen to need fruit, there are vendors along the road in many places- not on G323, but on the smaller roads. Keep in mind buying fruit, however, that there are poisons and pesticides et cetera in use here that the west prohibits... so wash the fruit well and don't eat non-peelable fruit for other reasons, such as fecal fertilizers.

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    White Pagoda Dai Restaurant: South China Cuisine

    by John195123 Written May 12, 2008

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    Bamboo at the White Pagoda Dai Restaurant

    Pretty good Southeast Asian-type food with a bamboo theme. Situated right across from the hospital, you hope the nurses that flood the place washed up... Anyway, the food is good and the service fast and friendly enough.

    Favorite Dish: The black pinapple rice is well worth eating, though avoid the fried bread (white bread soaked in grease and "fried" with some unidetifiable substance in the middle...). Freak them out by eating the pineapple afterward. We also had a beef-dumpling soup- minus the usual dumpling casing, but it was pretty good.

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    Yummy Fried Goat Cheese

    by palliechen Written Apr 16, 2008

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    When in Kunming, please try their fried goat cheese (rubing), it is really good! We had it at a restaurant just outside the Stone Forest (near where the tour buses park) and it was unbelievable! Later on I tried to order this again elsewhere but couldn't find it anymore (perhaps because we were leaving Kunming soon after). A definite must-try!

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    Delicious Delicacy: Wind Dried Ham

    by bpacker Written Jan 23, 2008

    In the shape of pipa (a plucked string instrument with a fretted fingerboard), Xuanwei ham has thin skin, thick meat, a bright color and a strong aroma. Thanks to its high quality, Xuanwei ham is also known as "Yunnan ham."

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    Coffeeshop at the Bird and Flower Market: Small-pot Rice Noodles

    by bpacker Updated Jan 23, 2008
    Small Pot Noodles, Kunming

    While most people wax lyrical over the Bridge Noodles. I beg to differ. I prefer the little-mentioned Small Pot Noodles since it's not quite as over-the-top as the former. They're simply an abridged and more hygenic version of the Bridge Noodles. Raw rice noodles, minced pork salted vegetables and chilli oil are crammed (rather miraculously) into the tiniest earthern pot and cooked over an open fire. Since the noodles are raw, it sponges up every flavour dutifully and fill your mouth with wonder when eaten. My favourite is the hot/sour version that is served at the Bird and Flower Market. Hygiene is not their top priority over there but heaven doesn't get any closer to an eating these noodles!*

    *Since I will be the first person on the Internet to write about the small pot noodles, I have no doubt this little ditty/experience will be copied by other bloggers/travel agents in China who haven't the faintest whiff what the English language is.

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    The Coffee Shop at Bird/Flower Mkt: Fried Toufu

    by bpacker Updated Jan 21, 2008

    The fried toufu that is sold in the streets of Kunming have a grainy, home-made feel to it. If truth be told, it's slightly fermented and to up the piquancy of the dish, it's served alongside with a fermented soya bean paste dip*.

    *Yunnanese have a liking for sour/fermented stuff. Even their noodles are slightly fermented.

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    Kunming Tao Yuan: Cross Bridge noodles again

    by jackiesg Written Dec 18, 2007

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    Cross bridge noodle & roast chicken

    We tried this restaurant on our last day in Kunming.

    Cross Bridge noodle at $10 RMB, is appetizing and very fullfilling. The soup base was rich but not too salty or oily. I would like to especially recommend the roast chicken, as seen in the picture, behind the cross bridge noodle. The skin is surprisingly crispy and it has the nice roasted aroma. That is $24RMB for half of a roasted chicken.

    My husband ordered the Zha Jiang Mian (spicy minced pork noodle) and it was indeed spicy. The funny thing is that when we try to order drinks, beside fruit juice which is twenty over RMBs, they only serve coke in real big bottles (think it's 1 litre) and canned coconut drink. So, we ended having the coconut drink. :) Not bad.

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    Guo Qiao Yuan: Cross Bridge Rice Noodle - Must try!

    by jackiesg Written Dec 17, 2007

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    Yunnan Guo Qiao Mi Xian
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    You might have alreadly knew, in Yunnan, you must try their famous Guo Qiao Mi Xian (Cross Bridge Rice Noodles). Brief descriptions of this dish would be: you would be served a very hot bowl of soup base (usually chicken stock), a bowl of plain rice noodle, a plate of super thin slices of meat (chicken, pork etc) and a small plate of raw vegetable and usually a raw quail egg. The name "Cross bridge" is the action where you pour in the ingredients and the noodles into the hot soup.

    There is a proper way of putting in your ingredients, first the egg, then the meat. Wait for a while, then put in the vegetables and the noodles last. This is to ensure all the ingredients will be properly cooked.

    It tasted good, i like it. Just that it's abit too oily. According to my tour guide, that is to keep the soup base hot enough to cook the meat slices. Fair enough!

    This restaurant I went, as according to my tour guide again, was one of the oldest and most traditional restaurant selling the cross bridge rice noodle. A bowl of what I ate cost just $12RMB.

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    Aoma Meili Pub: Draught Tsingao beer

    by xaver Written Oct 15, 2007

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    beer

    I ended up here a morning as I woke up too late to have breakfast in the hotel and this was the only place opened at 11 am.
    The breakfast was good, so I decided to come back for dinner.I got a fried rice that was nice and above all, as I asked, it was not spicy and I got offered for the first time in Yunnan a draught Tsingao beer.Tsingao is the beer I drunk every evening and it was absolutely not that good, but I must say the draught version was really nice and with much less gas than the bottle one, it was my last day...if I only found it before I guess I would have drunk much more beer in China.

    Favorite Dish: Draught Tsingao beer.

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    City Cafe: Small but excellent noodles

    by xaver Written Oct 15, 2007

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    City Cafe

    This is a VERY small cafe along the Dongfeng road where I had the chance to eat the best vegetable noodles of all my trip in Yunnan.
    I say VERY small because there just 4 or 5 tables and the waiter has hardly the space to walk betwen them.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetable noodles.

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