Famous Snacks and Dishes in Yunnan
Across-the-Bridge Rice Noodles
Across-the-Bridge Rice Noodles is the most famous local snack in Yunnan. The main ingredients include chicken soup, slices of meat, fresh vegetable shreds, and rice noodles. Being the key to this snack, the soup is piping hot, although there is no steam coming out of it. Before eating, put in the bowl the meat slices, vegetable slices, rice noodles, and stir them, then there is wait of about 5 minutes till the ingredients are done. It is delicious as the meat is very tender, and the soup is really wonderful.
Steam-Pot Chicken is a famous local dish in Yunnan. It is renowned for its unique way of cooking, aromatic flavor and rich trace element of iron. The secret of this dish is the steam-pot which bears a tube in the middle. To cook this dish, firstly, put a chicken in the special steam-pot, and then add some ingredients of medicinal herbs like pseudo ginseng, etc, at last cover the pot. Secondly, put the pot into a larger pot which is filled with water. The chicken is cooked by the steam coming through the tube.
Yiliang Roast Duck
Yiliang Roast Duck is a popular local dish. The way of cooking is to discard the feather of the duck, cut an opening under the wing, take out the guts and remove the feet, put in some ingredients and pump the duck up, then hang the duck in a furnace with a hook and roast it over the fire evenly and slowly, the fuel is pine needles and the duck should be turned from side to side constantly and some honey, fat and duck oil are smeared on it. When it is done, the meat is tender and the skin is crispy.
Erkuai is a local celebrated snack in Yunnan. It is in the shape of thin pies with the raw material of rice. Erkuai can be boiled, stir-fried, deep-fried, steamed, braised or roasted. The traditional way of making Erkuai is to pick the rice of the best quality at the end of the year, steam it after the rice is being washed and soaked with water, then mash the cooked rice when it is still warm and finally knead the dough into square, oval and rectangular forms. Erkuai can be properly kept longer than other rice foodstuff.