Now I’m not sure what a traditional Mainland China breakfast consists of, but the only restaurants I found open in the early morning in Yangshuo were cafes serving Western breakfasts and local restaurants serving noodles or congee. Since Western food cost about five times as much as the local counterparts, it’s easy to decide where to eat.
With stacks of dim sum trays steaming at the front, we were lured to this restaurant. The lady said it was “xiao lung bao” but I think she wasn’t completely honest to us (-1); it was something entirely different. They were small Chinese buns filled with pork and vegetables. Nothing particularly special, though the bite-size-ness made them fun to eat. A good appetizer to order.
The noodles reminded me a lot of the noodle house in Guilin, it must be some sort of common local dish. It’s basically rice noodles with pork, peanuts and green beans, all in a pork broth. Nothing particularly fancy, but the hot soup was a tonic for my worsening sore throat. I really wanted to add some hot sauce to this dish, but I think I caused enough damage to my throat at that point.
Breakfast for my friend and I was a total cost of ¥17 (about $3 CAD), and we joke about how that isn’t even enough to buy a cup of coffee at the Western cafes. Man, I love the local food.