I arrived in Dali on a Sunday morning. Muslim food stalls were lined up at Renmin Street near the local mosque. On the second day (Monday), there were none. Muslim men and women were a common sight in Dali.
|A Muslim stall selling pastries and sweets at the west end of Renmin Street|
Beef rib rice noodle soup was my first meal in Dali. I had tasted a few rice noodle soups in Lijiang and Lugu Lake. There wasn't anything special about this dish even though it was more expensive. I was beginning to get tired of rice noodle soup now.
|The beef rib noodle restaurant, Dali at Yangrenjie (Foreigner's Street)|
|Beef rib rice noodle soup. Rating = 5/10|
While looking for dinner on my first night in Dali, I came across a picture of Mei Cai Kou Rou on the advertisement board outside this restaurant. It was a dish that I could not miss. Though it was a little dry, nevertheless, with its sweet and savory taste, I really loved this dish. I had it again for dinner at another restaurant the following night. For both restaurants, I gave it 8/10.
|The Mei Cai Kou Rou restaurant. The advertisement board was in red on the left of the restaurant|
|Mei Cai Kou Rou. Rating 8/10|
|Mei Cai Kou Rou at another restaurant. It was prepared slightly sweeter. Rating 8/10|
As I strolled along Fuxing Street to South Gate in Dali, I saw a few food stalls on the way but I did not try the snacks there.
|The street food stalls at Fuxing Street, Dali|
|The snacks on display at the stalls|
The usual breakfast food in Dali was similar to Lijiang. I had Baozi, which was again average.
|The Baozi shop|
|Inside the Baozi shop|
|Baozi (steamed buns). Rating = 5/10|
For lunch on the second day in Dali, I picked a spicy looking dish. It was similar to the spicy dish I had in Lijiang. It consisted of pieces of bony chicken with hardly any meat.
|Spicy bony chicken. Rating = 6/10|
At Kunming, I saw this tofu been grilled over some charcoal at a hawker stall. It looked good but I was unsure whether it was going to give me Delhi Belly. In the end, I decided that I had to try it. It was not bad and it was safe to eat.
|This little eatery did not have running water ...|
|I would not normally take food from such an unhygienic eatery but because the tofu was grilled, I decided to take a bet to see whether I was going to get Delhi Belly. I won.|
|Grilled tofu. Rating = 6/10|
While walking around Kunming looking for dinner, I saw this shop. It had Jiaozi (dumpling) and Xiao Long Bao (soup steamed buns). I had to try them.
|The Jiaozi and Xiao Long Bao shop|
|Inside the shop|
|Jiaozi. Rating = 6/10|
|Xiao Long Bao. Rating = 6/10|
While exploring Kunming, I noticed a few stalls selling street food scattered around the city. They were selling similar breakfast food. I was not sure what they were called. Was it Er Kuai?
|Is this Er Kuai? A thin piece of fried flat bread spread with some spicy sauce was used to wrap the You Tiao (fried bread stick), fish nugget or hot dog, etc. Rating = 5/10|
|Another stall selling similar breakfast food|
|Another Er Kuai? This has egg. Rating = 6/10|
I finally gave up on Yunnan local food. The same stuff was offered at every restaurant. I was so tired of the noodle soup that I went for KFC and McDonald in Kunming. Unfortunately, the KFC and McDonald were not as good as the Malaysian versions.
|The crust was too thin|