Best Local Food from the Local Perspective, Part Three
Many months back two lists of “Hohhot’s Best Food” circulated widely on wechat. One list had 42 places and the other had 46. I would love to attribute them to an author, so if you know who wrote it, please leave a comment or email. I take no credit for the Chinese listing, but the translation into English (and any resulting errors) are my own. For most place names and restaurant names I used pin yin unless there is a common English name. I deleted one entry which I found to be in poor taste (the joke made, not the food). Between the two lists if there was overlap, I deleted the duplications. Due to the length, I will also separate them into smaller segments. And, if I get enough time, I’ll even try to map them for you.
Leave a comment if you try any of these specific places.
31 北马神庙街的田林川蒜瓣鱼 ，炒菜也很好吃的。
North Ma Shen Miao Jie’s (Tián lín chuān suàn bàn yú*) has good stir fry. *sorry, not sure if this is the restaurant name or the name of the dish
On North Ma Shen MIao Jie there’s Da Han Men. Their ban fan (rice in a clay pot) and rice cakes stir fried with noodles are good. Their Korean style stir fry is good and the grilled meat is even better. The author recommends eating the grilled meat wrapped in lettuce with a little rice and sauce.
North of Huang Jin there’s a place called Tian He Yuan. They have good hui shao mian. (A kind of stir fried noodles).
At the gate of the courtyard behind the Dang Wei there’s a small dong bei restaurant with great he lao mian.
For Western buffets, there is the Shang-ri-la. The service is good, the steaks are not bad, the salmon is cut thick and tasty, the tea and ice cream are imported.
Hu Cheng He Alley has clay pot chicken that is fresh and tasty with tofu, mushrooms, rice, and soup.
Behind Chang Le Gong there is You Dian Xiao Qu, on the west alley there is a place that makes great Xi’an you po mian (noodles), but there’s no meat. But, next door there’s a Bu Lao Shen Chicken place, Get some chicken, it’s better to go with the noodles.
Diagonal from the 39 Middle School’s Tian He Gong Yu’s west alley there’s a Jia Shui Zhu Yuan. There specialty is a grilled fish with bamboo shoots. The bamboo shoots are shipped fresh.
Diagonal from Shui Zhu Yuan there’s Lao Cui Bao Zi. It’s just like eating bao zi at home.
At the south side of the gate of Yan Cao Hua Lian’s Jiao Xing Xiao Qu there’s Shui Zhu Yang. The mutton is tender and the sauces are great…can’t compare to other places.
41 日报社后巷米粮川，这的焖面油不大味道还好。 现在开了好几家分店）
Behind the Ri Bao She there’s Mi Liang Chuan. Their men mian is good without being oily. Now they have opened many other locations.
There are still a few installments of this list to come, so check back soon!
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