Pu'er (Chinese: 普洱) is a prefecture-level city in southern Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. The name Pu'er dates back to 1729, but was changed to Simao (Chinese: 思茅) in 1950 after the Communist Revolution. In 2007, the original name of Pu'er was restored. This change had an effect on the size of the official Pu'er tea production area, a major regional product. The urban administrative center of Pu'er is Simao District, which is also the former name of the prefecture-level city itself. There are a large number of ethnic groups in Simao District, so the dishes are rich and unique. The Dai and Wa dishes are the representatives. You can enjoy yourself in Simao District. Following are the most popular dishes there.
Ox Sa Pie of Dai minority(傣味牛撒撇)
Ox Sa Pie, specially cooked, is a well-known dish for guests when festivals or weddings are celebrated around Dai minority, Jinggu county. They cook this dish with the local yellow ox whose back-meat is burnt yellow, cut into filiform, mixed and stirred with cooked tripes, ginger, garlic, pepper, peanut pieces and other perfume and condiments, added by boiled and filtered ox-sausage water or bile. Next will be a busy time for your mouth and stomach. It is not only some kind of soft, tasteful, fragrant, colorful food, but also a medicine which invigorates the stomach, reduces hot, and whets one's appetite.
Sour Bamboo Shoot Braises Fish（酸笋烩鱼）
It is a popular food in Simao area which is sour, hot and fresh. It is cooked as follows: scale the fish and take out the inside organs first and then fry the sour bamboo-shoot cooked before put into the water. After the water boiling, we could put the fish into it together with the condiments like scallion, ginger, pepper, Chinese prickly ash and monosodium glutamate, etc.
The Chicken Rice of Wa Ethic Group(佤族鸡肉饭)
The chicken rice, being delicate, sour-hot and good for stomach, is pretty good dish for guests. The cooking is like this: jab the cock died with bamboo sticks then burn its feather and pull out the root. After taking out the inside organs, we will chop it into pieces and put it into pot with cold water. When the water is boiled we should put in rice and some condiments like sour bamboo-root ginger, sesame, pepper, Chinese prickly ash, wood pulp, lemon grass salt, opium, perilla seed and stir continually till it becomes the gruel. Tourists would taste it in the Wa ethic restaurant of local custom scenery spot, washing horse park in Simao area.
The Chicken Tofu(鸡肉拌豆腐)
The chicken Tofu has been a traditional famous dish on wedding party for more than one hundred years. The ingredient of the chicken tofu is chicken meat and eggs. Because it looks like fresh pig brains and tastes soft and sweet like tofu, both the young and the old like this nutritious food.
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