Here’s a few remaining snippets from Yangshuo and Guilin.
A speciality of Guilin and Yangshuo is Beer Fish or pi jiu yu. This is often a catfish steamed in beer and then served in a tomato sauce that looks like sweet and sour. We thought we’d missed out, but we snuck it in as our last meal of our Guilin leg. It was good, but the stars were the cucumber served Guilin style with garlic, chilli and vinegar. Outstanding.
We hadn’t eaten during our rooftop pub crawl and I’d read about the London Tavern that had recently opened. This was our first Western meal and it didn’t disappoint. I had Cumberland bangers and mash, whilst my daughter ate an “awesome” steak sandwich. The inside design, the beer menu, the food and the English chef/proprietor complete with chef’s whites transport you from Yangshuo to a UK tavern. The beer list was awesome and Thwaites beers are well represented. I hadn’t the Lancaster or the Indus Pale Ale and they were both terrific. Great if you want a break from Liquan beer, Guilin noodles and beer fish.
Another oddity is Le Votre. This is a relative veteran of Yangshuo and is in most of the guidebooks for its food. A Karst provides an impressive backdrop to restaurant and a small brewing operation.
They make a pale ale and a black beer. I never got to the black beer, but their pale was underwhelming. Still marks for being the only craft brewer in Yangshuo.
The last place of note is a bar that doubles as a Bike Shop/Tour Arranger/Rockclimb organiser during the day. At night Bike Asia becomes the Rusty Bolt.
Yangshuo is a serious rock climbing region with hundreds of climbs “bolted”. In the evening wiry people talk about the day’s events over a range of German and local beers.
Talk about maximising your space.