by Lauren T
May 4, 2002
This list is by no means comprehensive, but here I will discuss a few places my friends and I particuarly liked.
What particularly caught my attention at the Blue Lotus Cafe was that they served chicken fried steak. I didn't think you could get chicken fried steak outside of Texas, and I certainly never thought I would find it in rural China. Even more surprising was that the chicken fried steak actually wasn't that bad. It was actually prepared pretty decently (althought the beef was of lesser quality than I get back home). All around, the food and the atmosphere (with a kind of log cabin-y looking interior) of the restaurant was very nice.
The burgers at Minnie Mao's Cafe are very popular. A friend of mine had several of the Hawaiian burgers (with a chicken filet and a slice of pineapple IN ADDITION TO a large beef patty). He insists they are incredible. I had to take his word for it since it was far more food than I wanted--although my regular burger was good. One thing to note though: they don't have mayonaisse or mustard here, so you have to make due with ketchup.
The Mei You Cafe is also very popular. "Mei You" is Chinese for "don't have". Apparently they chose this name because they claim they "mei you" cold beer, bad food, bad service, high prices, and other things that are undesirable in restaurants. All around, the food was good, and the service is attentive and speaks good English. In particular, they serve very good American breakfasts. Be sure to try a Banana pancake--they are a Yangshuo specialty of sorts. Expect to pay around $2 USD for a HUGE breakfast (the one I chose included 2 eggs, 4 slices of toast, coffee, and a large banana pancake).
From journal Short Stay in Yangshuo