The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival, with a history dating back thousands of years. In China, there are several different stories about this festival, but the best known one in modern China is related to a poet and minister called Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was a cadet member of the royal house in Chu State (B.C.1115 - B.C.223), and served in high offices. During that period there were seven states who fought against each other, which is now referred to as the ‘Warring States period’ in Ancient Chinese History. Qu Yuan was a patriot and insisted that Chu State should not ally with the increasing powerful Qin State. However, the king of Chu trusted other aristocrats' slanderous words and chose to banish Qu Yuan from the central government. Many years later, Chu State was conquered by Qin State. Qu Yuan committed suicide in despair drowning himself in the Miluo River.
When the local people heard the news, they rushed onto theirr boats as quickly as they could in an attempt to save Qu Yuan. However, they failed and couldn’t find his body. During that time, people also believed the fish will eat human's body, so the locals made very loud whilst in their boats on the river to scare the fish away. This followed by making lots of sticky rice balls and dropping the balls into the river, so fish would eat the rice balls instead of Qu Yuan's body - this is known as the history and origin of the dragon boat races and Zongzi today.
After thousands of years, the Dragon Boat Festival became one of the most important festivals in China. The traditions of dragon boat racing and making Zongzi still exist, and the story of Qu Yuan will pass from one generation to the others.
Influenced by cuisine from other provinces such as Sichuan, Hunan and Canton, nowadays Guilin cuisine is a combination of different types of cuisines. But Guilin Rice Noodles, the basic staple in this region wasn’t experienced in the food revolution.
Guilin Rice Noodles is renowned for its delicate taste in China, and the taste is quite different with other rice noodles in China. The most important factor that makes Guilin Rice Noodles so unique is the ingredients have been used in making the sauce. There are 28 spices will be used when cooking the sauce. However, according to the preference on flavor, the recipe varies from one shop to the others.
Here are the just a few of the best known Guilin Rice Noodles shops where the locals will go:
Laodongjiang Rice Noodles 老东江米粉店
As one of the most popular Guilin Rice Noodles shop in Guilin, Laodongjiang is always busy from morning to night everyday. Laodongjiang is welcomed by the local, not only because it keeps the original flavor of the sauce, but also for its delicate fried pork. Even people who don’t like fried pork will agree the pork in Laodongjiang is very tasty.
Tonglai Rice Noodles 同来米粉
Tonglai Rice Noodles shop is located in the business area of downtown. In fact, Tonglai Rice Noodles shop was known as Tonglai Restaurant many years ago, which was a 100 years old Guilin dishes restaurant. Now it focuses on selling Guilin Rice Noodles. Tonglai Noodles shop could be the best option if you want to try many other Guilin flavor snacks, as those snacks shops are on the same street.
Axiu Rice Noodles 阿秀米粉
Axiu Rice Noodles is less famous than some other rice noodles shops in Guilin, since it hides in living residence area. With its tasty fried pork and pork bone soup, Axiu Rice Noodles becomes more and more popular these days.
Apart from the above list, there are still some other chain Guilin Rice Noodles shops. The taste of Guilin Rice Noodles in the chain shops is good as well, but the most important thing is they are easy to find on the streets.
1. Minggui Rice Noodles 明桂米粉
2. Ritouhuo Rice Noodles 日头火米粉
3. Chongshan Rice Noodles 崇善米粉
If you are a foreigner who can not speak any Chinese, you could try Rice Noodles Pub, a top 3 restaurant on Trip Advisor, and it provides English menu for foreigners. The environment of the restaurant is much better than other Guilin Rice Noodles shops, but it is also pricey.