Many of the most internationally familiar Chinese dishes originated from the Cantonese style, and seeing as Guangzhou – the regional capital of Guangdong – is the world capital of this type of cooking, it’s a better place than any to tune your palate towards the ideals – the gold standards. Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, favorable geographic conditions have provided the people of Guangdong with diverse food stuffs since ancient times. Cooking times are short, so the flavors and nutritional value of the ingredients make their way to the final dish. With this list, we try to bring you the absolute best Cantonese food in Guangzhou.
If you’re looking for old-style Cantonese, this is it. The quality and quantity of the food are both pluses in and of themselves. No matter whether its cold dishes, fried food or soup, the good people of Binsheng Pinwei find the freshest ingredients available and it always shows. Specialties are, for sure, the crispy pork and the durian cakes.
All things being equal, it’s always a good sign if you have to wait for a seat. Daoxiang is no exception to the rule. People generally go here for the yum cha. Although the dim sum is more expensive than at other restaurants, it is varied, tasty, and fresh, so there’s really no reason to complain. The hot pot is also quite good, and the environment is elegant and outstanding without being pretentious. We recommend the scattered eggs and fried radish cakes.
This is an authentic Hong-Kong style tea restaurant. You may feel a long way from Kowloon, but you’ll feel a whole lot closer once you tuck into a pineapple bun at Wuxi Tea. Wash it down with an iced milk tea for the full experience. You’re going to leave happy.
Big Brother has a solid Hong-Kong-marketplace vibe to it, and its always refreshingly contemporary. The latest fashion magazines are on hand if you’ve got a wait ahead of it, and the service is high quality. As for the Hong Kong style of the plates themselves, it’s above reproach. The milk tea is creamy and classic, and we also recommend the tuna sandwich.
Cantonese food has often been admired for its subtlety, including but not limited to an aversion to heat. Tangyuan is notable for an apparently boundless understanding of the correct notes for emphasis in each dish. Exceptional presentation doesn’t hurt. Located in the Liuhua Lake Park near the lake, you can appreciate the sights while enjoying fresh dim sum, shrimp dumplings and roast chicken.
A terrific choice for Cantonese cuisine, with all day dim sum and a full slate of Guangzhou favorites, Bei Yuan has long been a hit with locals. There’s also a separate dining hall devoted to Chiu Chow cuisine from East Guangdong: think piquant sauces and roast goose and duck. This place is always crowded, frequently noisy, and invariably delicious.