What is the favorite food for Guilin local people? The answer, of course, is the "Guilin Rice Noodle". Guilin Rice Noodle can be taken as one of the four treasures in Guilin with Guilin Sanhua Wine, Guilin chili source, Guilin fermented bean curd. A foreign friend said that the first sentence of Guilin dialect he leant is “Er liang mi fen” which means “two liang Guilin Rice Noodle”. Liang is a Chinese weight unit. Two Liang is about a bowl of rice noodle.
The Guilin Rice Noodle was invented in the Qing Dynasty. You can still find the most primitive rice noodle squeezer in Guilin Rice Noodle Culture and Art Center. During the Qing Dynasty, according to the Yao people who participated in the construction of Lin Canal, the Rice Noodle was invented by Yao people. At that time, northern soldiers came to south China and could not get use to eat rice meals. So the rich noodle was invented and was very delicious for the soldiers. Later the rice noodle became popular all over Guilin and Yangshuo. In Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China, the Guilin Rice Noodle developed to the peak.
How to eat
There are both round rice noodle and flat rice noodle. The round rice noodle is more delicious to eat without soup, and the flat one tastes better with soup.
There are various materials can put into to the rice noodle. Fried peanuts and soybeans, pieces of beef, horse meat and pork can be added to the rice noodle depending on your own flavor. If you like chili, you can also add some in you rice noodle.
Where to eat
It is easy to find a little shop which sells Guilin Rice Noodle when you walking on the streets in Guilin. The shops which are older the Guilin Rice Noodle will be more delicious. At these shops, you can eat authentic Guilin Rice Noodle and the price is very economic.