Chengjiang lotus root, more than 20 kinds of fishes in Fuxian Lake and stewed yam rice are all local special foods. Kanglang Fish is especially worth to mention. The fishermen like to put fresh Kanglang Fish in a copper pot with spring water. The fish is done when the temperature of the water rises. After ten to twenty minutes, it exhales a pleasant perfume. Then put various special seasonings to it. This dish tastes delicious and refreshing.Sour spicy is the favorite taste of Yuxi people. So dishes here are kind of spicy and sour. Famous dishes here are Spicy chicken soup with herbs on Yudai Road, Roasted duck on Daying Street, Cold Rive Noodles, Ice Porridge etc.
Bao Shuang Cui
Tripe, chicken and duck’s gizzard are the main materials of the dish. Cook it in hot oil and quickly fry them. The dish characterized by crisp, tender, pure and fragrant.
Fat meat rice noodle
When mentioning typical food in Yuxi, the residents in Chengjiang who have live in the 1930th and 1940th will all agree to give highly praise to the delicious taste. It is especially true to the Fat Meat Rice Noodle Restaurant operated by Zhou Pei and Zhou Can brothers, which is well known by the old and the young and has a good reputation all over the city.
Jiangchuan stewed dish, Yuxi
Jiangchuan stewed dish integrated the fresh, tender, fragrant and spicy characters of stewed dish and local traditional flavor. Stewed sour and hot chicken, stewed fish and stewed pig's feet are cooked with Jiangchuan local chicken, fresh fish, or pig's feet. The soup is cooked by pig's bones, mix with natural pickle vegetables, pickle pepper, and other natural seasonings, as well as Chinese medicines handed down from the ancestors. No herbs or spices are added. The taste of the dish is sour but not tasteless, hot but without dryness heat, fresh but without taste of raw meat. The soup is rich in fragrance and tastes refreshing.
Flavored Stewed salt fish
Flavored stewed salt fish is a traditional special delicacy in fishing villages beside Fuxian Lake and Xingyun Lake. It is cooked by fresh crucian, chub, or Kanglang Fish, mixed with salt water, prickly ash, Ba Guo, paprika, and other seasonings. The taste is pure, fragrant, and delicious. The fish is savory and crisp, which is a delicacy of highest grade.
Lucky food Macui Cake (crisp cake with sesame),
Compared with Macui Cakes made by other nationalities, the Macui Cake of Dai Nationality is not made by adding buck, but use the root of a certain plant to make the cake becoming crisp, which is called "Macui Drug". Although the making process is not difficult, it requires serious work. The materials are very simple, for example, sticky rice, Macui Drug, sugar (either white sugar or brown sugar), and so on.
Stewed fish in a copper pot
Stewed fish in a copper pot is cooked in a special copper pot and use the spring in deep fish hole, called "True Water". Put fresh Kanglang Fish (now catfish and grass carp are used more) in the pot. Then add appropriate seasonings. The duration and degree of heating must be well managed. The fish is delicate and tender. Besides, eating it with Mingxing Dipping Water and yam rice, that must be an unforgettable food.
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