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Monday, 13 September 2010

Story of Guilin: Must Try... Lipu Taro Looped Meat

One of the traditional dish that is not to be missed is the Lipu Taro Looped Meat荔芋扣肉 and we've chosen 小南国, a restaurant that is famous and recommended for local dishes of Guilin.

Our main character is the Lipu Taro Looped Meat whereby it's actually made of Taro or what we call it as Yam from Lipu country in China and the streaky pork. The pork is cooked and then steamed together with the Taro and seasoned with pepper, mashed onion, preserved bean curd of Guilin, cooking wine, sugar, salt etc. The dish is sweet and heavy in taste that goes well with white rice and the cooking wine is actually enhance the aroma to stimulate our appetite. The only thing that scares us is the thick oily skin of the streaky pork. Well, not to eat too much to increase my BMI and cholesterol ;)

We've ordered the Winter Melon Soup with Dried Scallops and Bamboo Fungus冬瓜球干贝竹笙汤 and the Fried Egg with Bitter Gourd苦瓜煎蛋. We love the soup so much as it's so sweet and refreshing. The winter melon and the dried scallops are such a perfect match to add the natural sweetness to the chicken soup. It's so creative that the winter melon is shaped into small balls while the bamboo fungus is actually a little crispy when biting. Even though the soup comes in a big pot, but 3 of us manage to finish it till not even a single drops in our bowls. The fried egg is just alike a pancake with the bitter gourd slices inside. Not much complaints as egg normally goes well with most vegetable but I personally prefer the bitter gourd scramble egg.

The last dish is a Fried Green Vegetable. The green color is so appealing when it's served whereby the vegetable is fresh as well, except that the chef seems to have soaked the vegetable in the oil instead of frying them.

This is one of the meal that really suits our taste while we're in Guilin and meantime, we've the opportunity to try the local dish there.

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