Alternative Best Guangzhou Restaurant Frequent by locals

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Guangzhou is always regarded as food heaven. My first visit to Guangzhou was the year 2008. The Guangzhou Metro wasn’t even built back then. Rather than having street food that is always frequent by tourists, here I am bringing you an alternative best list of Guangzhou restaurants that I prefer to dine at whenever I visit Guangzhou. I have just returned from my recent trip to Guangzhou (also check out my Complete Guangzhou Guide) and I took some time to write what to eat at Guangzhou to share some of the delicious local food that is frequent by the locals. If you are looking for particularly authentic Guangzhou delicacies, check them out here!

Must Try Alternative Local Guangzhou Restaurant for the Best Local Food!

Ninety Nine Cent – Shan Xi Noodle House 九毛九山西面馆(Jiu Mao Jiu Shan Xi Mian Guan)

99 cent noodle house jiu mao jiu shan xi mian guan

Ninety Nine Cent (NNC) is a franchise restaurant in China that is doing exceptionally well with over 50 branches in Guangdong province itself. They served delicious Shanxi Cuisine, where noodles are the main dishes. Besides noodles, there is plenty of selection ranging from meats to appetizers and desserts.

Braised Pork Large Bone 99 cent noodle house jiu mao jiu shan xi mian guan

Slow Cooked Pork Bone 两斤大骨头

Triple Shredded Fry Noodle

Triple Julienne Fried Hand Slice Noodle 三丝炒面

Sweet and Sour pork with pineapple

Sweet and Sour pork

Sauteed Vege with pickled mustard leaf

Sauteed Vegetables with pickled mustard leaf

Shredded chicken Sichuan Style

Shredded Chicken SiChuan Style 手撕鸡

Fried shredded Potatoes

Stir Fry Thin Strip Potatoes 炒土豆丝

Ethan Wong indulging

That’s me feasting on the delicious pork bone!

Address : Level 4, Suncity Plaza, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, China

Price Range : 50RMB +/- per person ($7.25 +/- per person)

Overall Rating : 8.5/10

How to get there : Metro Line 3, get off at Exit C JingXi Nangfang Hospital station. Walk the opposite direction of the exit staircase for approximately 400meters. Suncity Plaza will be on your left. This restaurant is on level 4 (the highest floor).

Yu Pin Shunde Home-cook Restaurant 誉品顺德私房菜

Yu Pin restaurant

Yu Pin Shunde Home Cook Restaurant Entrance

Hidden away from tourists as the surrounding are all cooperate offices. They served pretty authentic Cantonese cuisine. For a quick note, most old-timer famous Cantonese chefs in Hong Kong are from the Shunde City of Guangdong Province. I would suggest you diner here instead of filling your stomach with street food around the tourist area.

Yu Pin seating

Seating area of the restaurant

Olives Soup at Yu pin

Olives Soup

Olives Soup Ingredients

soup Ingredient – notice the green coloured oval shape thing, that is the olive.

Yu pin five spice braised goose

Five Spice Braise Goose 五味鹅

Stir fry Qian Yuan Village Chicken

Wok Baked Qing Quan Village Chicken 堂焗清远鸡

Stir fry Qian Yuan Village Chicken

This chicken is cooked right in front of the diners

fried pork ribs with salt and pepper

Deep Fried Pork Ribs with salt and pepper

Yu Pin Di Yi Chao

Yu Pin No.1 Stir Fry 第一炒

Address : No. 89, Lin He West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China.

Price Range : 60RMB +/- per person ($8.71 +/- per person)

Overall Rating : 8/10

A Qiang Pickled Vegetables Fish Restaurant  阿强酸菜鱼

a qiang pickled vegetable fish entrance

A Qiang Restaurant at level 2

A Qiang Restaurant served delicate Sichuan cuisine, the best in Guangzhou I’ve tried so far. If you love spicy food with a complex flavor, this is the place to go! This location is nearby the Yu Pin Restaurant but far deeper within the cooperate zone! Anyhow, they do have many more branches all around Guangzhou.

a qiang ambient

Restaurant ambient at A Qiang Restaurant

Sichuan Grilled Fish A Qiang

Sichuan Grilled Fresh water fish 香辣烤鱼

Double Mushroom stir fry beef

Double Mushroom stir fry beef 双菇炒牛

Garlic Fry kangkung

Garlic Fry Kale Vegetables

Address : No. 421, Lin He East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China

Price Range : 60RMB +/- per person ($8.71 +/- per person)

Overall Rating : 8/10

Tai Er Restaurant 太二

Tai Er Jingxi Nangfang YiYuan

Tai Er Restaurant at Suncity Plaza 太二在太阳城广场

They specialized in freshwater fish with pickled vegetables, a Sichuan cuisine. Expect to queue during lunch hour as I waited for 1 hour for my lunch this time.

Tai Er wall decor

Wall Decor

Tai Er ambient

Tai Er Restaurant Seating ambient

Tai Er Suan Cai yu

Tai Er Pickled Mustard Leaf Fish 太二酸菜鱼

Tai Er Fish slices

Fish slices

Their fish slices are cooked to perfection! Each slice is not overcooked, very good texture, smooth and slightly chewy to your mouth, one word – Great!

Chinese cabbage cooked with superior soup

Chinese cabbage in superior broth 上汤包菜

Address : Level 3, Suncity Plaza, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, China

Price Range : 40RMB +/- per person ($4.8 +/- per person)

Overall rating : 7/10

How to get there : Metro Line 3, get off at Exit C JingXi Nangfang Hospital station. Walk the opposite direction of the exit staircase for approximately 400meters. Suncity Plaza will be on your left. This restaurant is on level 4 (the highest floor).

Qiao Mei Noodle Restaurant 巧美面家

Qiao Mei Wanton Noodle at Beijing Road

Qiao Mei Noodle House at Beijing Road Pedestrian Shopping Streets

They serve pretty decently Hong Kong Style Wanton Noodles, located at the other end of Food street next to Beijing Road. Read on to find out more!

Wanton Soup

Hong Kong Style Wanton Soup

I usually visit them just for a bowl of shrimp wonton only, though they offer two selections of wanton – shrimp wanton and five flavors wanton. Generous amount of wanton(s) in the superior soup is a must for wanton lovers!

Qiao Mei dried prawn roe soup

If you taste carefully, their soup have an unique aromatic scent that comes from the dried prawn roe (虾子), dried prawn roe is considered a luxury ingredients in the Chinese cuisine and they use plenty of them to make their superior soup!

Address : No. 2, Hui Fu East Road, YueXiu District, Guangzhou, China

Price Range : 20RMB per person ($2.9 per person)

Overall rating : 7.5/10

Yin Ji Steamed Rolled Rice Noodle – 银记粉肠店

Yin Ji restaurant

Yin Ji Steamed Roll Rice Noodle Restaurant

They served delicious local staples such as their best seller steamed rolled rice noodles, porridge, and some other sides. They do have plenty of branches all over Guangzhou and this picture was taken at the well known Beijing Road 北京路步行街. I really recommend you to try out their steamed rolled rice noodle!

Yin Ji Chang fen

Yin Ji Steamed Roll Rice Noodle

yin ji beef brisket

Yin Ji Braised Beef Brisket

Yin Ji porridge chang fen

Show kitchen – this side is where they prepare the porridge

yin ji kitchen

thin rice noodle are being freshly steamed here

Address : Hui Fu East Road, No. 519, Yue Xiu District, Guangzhou, China.

Price Range : 10RMB – 25RMB ($1.45 – $3.36)

Overall Rating : 8/10


Heytea at beijing road pedestrain shopping streets


HEYTEA is now a phenomenon is China, the last food trend in Guangzhou. People are going frenzy over it, frenzy, and I mean it much more than crazy. Their best seller – cheese tea. When I come across them, I was wondering what so good about them? There is literally another tea seller who have this on their menu. So I went forth to try it out myself to see if they are worthy of my time.

heytea mix long queue

Look at that queue!

The queue starts at 9.30 am whereas their opening hours are 11.00 am. Pretty scary huh? It took me more than 2 hours just to get myself a cup of cheese tea. (Read about my experience with HEYTEA)

Cheese Matcha tea Heytea

Cheese green tea Heytea

I got myself a cheese green tea and I was amazed by it. One word – excellent! The combination they manage to pull off is fantastic. The white layer of cheese is rich, creamy, and yet not too thick – just right! Their cup of cheese tea packed with punch and is a benchmark above the other cheese tea. If you have the time, it is worth the wait. (Learn Cheese Tea recipe here)

Address : Hui Fu East Road, YueXiu District, Guangzhou, China.

Price Range : 9RMB – 28RMB ($1.31 – $4.06)

Overall rating : 8/10

Jiu Long Cafe 九龙冰室

jiu long cafe

Hong Kong Theme Jiu Long Cafe Entrance

A Hong Kong cafe with all the classic decors and ambient of how a Hong Kong cafe should be. Well known for their milk tea and I think they do serve one of the best milk tea in Guangzhou.

jiu long interior decor

They do make an effort to deliver the dining experience there as if you went from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.

jiu long interior

Jiu Long Wall Decor

jiu long ambient

Jiu Long Cafe ambient

jiu long milk tea

Jiu Long Cafe Milk tea

Whenever I visit Guangzhou, Jiu Long Cafe would be my favorite cafe to have an in-between break during my trip around Guangzhou. I would say their milk tea was commercially done right, from choices of tea powder to evaporated milk – delivering a rich and creamy cup of milk to that tinglings your taste bud. Probably the best milk tea in Guangzhou!

jiu long stir fry black pepper beef spaghetti

Stir fry black pepper beef fillet spaghetti

jiu long ice cream milk tea

Milk tea flavored Ice Cream dipped in milk tea

And this come across me, like kinda interesting, Ice cream milk tea flavored dipped in milk tea. But just as I expected, not great to have milk tea cold or iced.

Address : Dong Ji Xin Tian Di Shopping Mall, Level 1, Shang Xia Jiu Pedestrian Street, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China

Price Range : 40RMB +/- ($5.8 +/-)

Overall rating : 7.5/10

Ren Xin Desserts 仁信甜品

ren xin tian pin

Ren Xin Dessert at Beijing Road

They serve a very unique Chinese dessert – double boiled milk pudding 双皮奶. The rich, creamy, thick, and smooth texture of this milk dessert is a must-try! They do have numerous branches all around China and Hong Kong.

ren xin shuang pi nai

Double boiled milk pudding 吨双皮奶

Address : No 550, Hui Fu East Road, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou, China.
Price Range : 15RMB +/- ($2.18 +/-)
Overall rating : 7.5/10

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