I Ate Horse Meat At Hao Da Ma

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, July 16, 2010 | Published in

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We had planned to go for the 2-river 4-lake tour at 8pm on our first night in Guilin. Since it was still early, we had walked around the huge Central Square and busied ourselves snapping photos.

After that, we crossed the bustling Zhongshan Road to the opposite side where a few shopping complexes were situated. It was time for dinner and we decided to look for restaurants inside one of these shopping complexes.

We chanced upon Hao Da Ma Restaurant ( 好大妈美食) on the 6th floor of Niko Niko Do Plaza (aka Weixiao Tang 微笑堂 ), the largest multi-storey shopping mall in Guilin.



There were a lot of stalls located in the middle of the restaurant where you could select and order the food you want. They would cook the dishes you ordered and deliver to your table.

Once your food is delivered to your table, it is recorded with a chop on the corresponding column as shown below.



We ordered cheong fun and broccoli.



And some meat dumplings to be shared among the three of us.



We walked around searching for the main dish for each of us. Then we saw this.



We zeroed in on this - horse meat rice noodles (马肉米粉)!! Yes, horse meat! So each of us ordered one bowl of horse meat rice noodles.



Rice noodles is a very common dish in Guilin and I would be eating quite a lot of rice noodles during my stay here. The bowl of noodles usually comes with fried peanuts which I thought was very strange at first, but I soon found out that the peanuts really enhance the taste of the noodles!



The pieces of meat you see there are of course horse meat. It was my first time eating horse meat! But I really did not find it that unique or different from other types of meat.



Our dinner came to about 18 yuan (RM8.50) per person. Not bad at all!

After dinner, we got stuck in a long queue at the lift. I realized it was past 7.30pm. We had to make our way to the Li River banks fast for the 2-river 4-lake tour!

We crossed the road and reached Central Square. But something happened! Somehow we could not find our way to the Li River banks from Central Square. It was almost 8pm. After walking for some time, we realized we were back at Central Square! Oh no!!

Did we make it for the tour? Find out in my next post, coming right up!

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(74) Comments

  1. Mariuca said...

    hi

    July 16, 2010 at 3:32 AM
  2. Mariuca said...

    yahoooooo!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:32 AM
  3. Mariuca said...

    Wah I've never eaten horsey!!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:33 AM
  4. Mariuca said...

    Oh I love peanuts in my noodles actually Foong! Like in soto.. yummy!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:34 AM
  5. manglish said...

    waaaaaaa cheap dao yao si hahahahhah ohh i mean the meal lar not you hahahahaha

    July 16, 2010 at 5:56 AM
  6. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    omg horse meat! :0

    July 16, 2010 at 8:07 AM
  7. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    d broccoli with sambal is it??? so weird one?

    July 16, 2010 at 8:08 AM
  8. Mei Teng said...

    So the horse meat tastes like beef? I bet it must be gamey.

    July 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM
  9. TZ said...

    After you eat the horse meat, do you run like a horse, sound like a horse?

    July 16, 2010 at 8:18 AM
  10. [SK] said...

    hey, i actually find your favicon looks like Fitness First leh.. haha!! you designed it yourself?? :D

    July 16, 2010 at 8:22 AM
  11. [SK] said...

    so that 好大媽 is something like a foodcourt?? but from the way you order food, it's something like eating dimsum..

    July 16, 2010 at 8:22 AM
  12. [SK] said...

    and the food is quite cheap i think, starting from RMB1 and the most expensive is only RMB10.. and the bill at RMB8.50 is definitely cheap..

    July 16, 2010 at 8:23 AM
  13. [SK] said...

    actually i'm gonna ask, how much is that basket of dumplings?? there are a lot of dumplings in it!! you finish that all by yourself??

    July 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM
  14. [SK] said...

    so how does horse meat taste like?? looks like beef to me in the photo.. and could tell it's horse actually..

    July 16, 2010 at 8:25 AM
  15. [SK] said...

    hey, i like that kind of rice noodles.. don't think we can find it in malaysia.. if not mistaken, it's the popular speciality from guilin right??

    July 16, 2010 at 8:26 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    ah, i recalled.. it's the famous 過橋米線 (guo qiao mi xian) from guilin.. have you tried that?? or is it actually not from guilin but somewhere else?? can't remember correctly, hahaha

    July 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM
  17. khengsiong said...

    Chinese eat everything with four legs, except table...

    July 16, 2010 at 8:36 AM
  18. khengsiong said...

    When I was in Guangdong many years back, there was an occasion when the restaurant served dog meat. But I insisted on not eating it.

    July 16, 2010 at 8:37 AM
  19. xin said...

    LOL @ KS, who knows one day they might just add wood shreds on top of our dish as chicken floss? :P horse meat sounds really....errrrr...for me, i think i would not dare to eat it

    July 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM
  20. Isley Chang~ said...

    so what is the sound of a horse?

    ke de kut ke de kut ke de kut...

    hope you not "kedekut" after eating it. hahaha...

    July 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM
  21. eugene said...

    Man... you scared me lah,,,horse meat never imagine that i could wallop horse meat......

    July 16, 2010 at 11:40 AM
  22. Kelvin said...

    I thought the meat will be in huge slice~

    July 16, 2010 at 1:21 PM
  23. HappySurfer said...

    The food looks great. Did they taste just as good? That bowl of rice noodles reminds me of the beef noodles at Lai Foong. Horse meat? hmm..

    July 16, 2010 at 2:01 PM
  24. HappySurfer said...

    A river cruise at night? Looking forward to the post.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    mariuca, congrats FC!! Oh yes, now you reminded me of peanuts in soto! Haha! Maybe because I always associate noodles with the chinese noodles I always eat!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:24 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    manglish, haha yes it's cheap alrite! : )

    July 16, 2010 at 2:24 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, huh? Where got sambal? Broccoli only.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yeah not much difference between horse meat and beef.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    TZ, no I am still a panda through and through : D

    July 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    SK, what? Fitness First? Haha! Now you mention, I thought they look quite similar but on closer inspection, not really lah. Haha!

    Yeah something like a food court and we have to go to the stalls to order then go back to our tables.

    The horse meat tasted pretty OK to me : )

    Err...I am not sure what is 過橋米線! But yes, the rice noodles are quite nice though I don't think I can eat it everyday! Yeah, can't find it in Malaysia.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, haha yes chinese eat everything with four legs, not me though!

    So you didn't try the dog meat? <aybe you should have! Haha

    July 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    xin, why won't you dare try horse meat? If you can eat a cow, what's wrong with eating a horse? : )

    July 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    isley chang, I already kedekut before eating the horse! Hahaha!!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    eugene, you eat cow? Then you can eat horse! LOL!!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    kelvin, if the horse meat in huge slices, then it won't be as cheap as this lah! LOL!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, the food taste OK. Nothing spectacular though : )

    July 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM
  37. mNhL said...

    Wah....suspend again? Quick quick tell us the story.

    Peanuts with noodle is just like soto... delicious.

    Horse meat still acceptable but not ant's egg or snake blood. Eeeiii....

    July 16, 2010 at 3:48 PM
  38. vialentino said...

    bro, u r the first person i know who eaten horse meat....grrr...nice ah?

    i wanna eat crocodile meat ler...but exp here.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM
  39. Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

    I have never tried eating horse meat. Is that really good?

    July 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM
  40. fufu said...

    horse meat?? i think i ate before... even buffalo's skin... hahaha :) yumyum

    July 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM
  41. Ane said...

    Horse meat?!!! Nooo! OMG!! I used to ride and care for horses, I grew up with them, which is why I CAN'T imagine ever eating one! :P

    July 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM
  42. Ane said...

    Oh No! Did you make it on time? Did you? Did you?!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 10:19 PM
  43. wenn said...

    u ate horse meat but i ate kangaroo meat in Australia.

    July 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM
  44. Faisal Admar said...

    i ate horse meat before... horse satay. the meat was too hard!

    July 17, 2010 at 2:25 AM
  45. Donna said...

    wei.. horse so cute, why u eat... =.=
    and i tot you are banana, but you can type mandarin wor.. =P

    July 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM
  46. Merryn said...

    RM8.50 is very cheap for a horse! lol... but again... i turned green, yellow, blue and any other colors lah reading this post as i can never imagine me eating a horse! :P

    July 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    mNhL, yeah noodles with peanuts are delicious! So you don't mind eating horse meat? : )

    July 18, 2010 at 1:08 AM
  48. foongpc said...

    vialentino, haven't tried horse meat and you want crocodile meat? LOL!

    July 18, 2010 at 1:09 AM
  49. foongpc said...

    ishmael, haha! You should try it then! : )

    July 18, 2010 at 1:10 AM
  50. foongpc said...

    fufu, I am sure you have eaten before since you travel more widely than me! : )

    July 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM
  51. foongpc said...

    ane, haha then you better not eat horse meat! Next post coming up soon! : )

    July 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM
  52. foongpc said...

    wenn, oh I have not tried kangaroo meat! Wonder which is nicer, horse or kangaroo? : )

    July 18, 2010 at 1:12 AM
  53. foongpc said...

    faisal, horse satay! Wow! Where you ate that before?

    July 18, 2010 at 1:12 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    donna, LOL! I copy and paste those mandarin characters! : D

    July 18, 2010 at 1:14 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    merryn, you can eat a cow, why not a horse? Haha! But yes, it's very cheap though I did not eat a whole horse of course! LOL!

    July 18, 2010 at 1:15 AM
  56. ken said...

    horse meat? cant imagine =/

    July 18, 2010 at 1:26 AM
  57. Life Ramblings said...

    i don't think i can ever eat horse meat no matter how delicious it is.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM
  58. Bengbeng said...

    i would like to sample horse meat too

    July 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM
  59. Lawstude said...

    horse meat??? really??? pregnant woman don't eat horse meat in my country because we believe that this type of meat will puit them to labor :)

    nice pics :)

    July 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM
  60. Che-Cheh said...

    Kesian the horses...
    Anyway 1 tried is enough eh.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM
  61. Eric Lee said...

    wtf...horse meat???? urghhh....dumpling looks nice though...LOL

    July 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM
  62. vialentino said...

    eat croc meat still ok rite compare to eat horse meat...hehehe

    July 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM
  63. Monica said...

    ewww i don't think i could ever eat horse meat!!

    July 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM
  64. Monica said...

    so cheap huh..RM8.50 per person!

    July 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM
  65. Pete said...

    Horse meat, at night when sleeping got after effect, neigheeeeeeeee! ha ha ha! Run 100 metres race sure win,,,ha ha ha!

    July 19, 2010 at 11:22 PM
  66. J2Kfm said...

    Tasted gamey? Like beef .... or more like ostrich?

    July 20, 2010 at 9:20 AM
  67. Ayie said...

    my dad loves horse meat cooked like tapa...i also eat that back home

    July 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM
  68. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    I just want to know 'cause I have eaten Montreal Smoked Meat once and am a complete horse lover who has been riding for 4 years! Just wanted to see if I could proudly say that I have never eaten horse meat.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:49 PM
  69. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    I personally believe that its simply a question of cultural differences and I am not sure why it would not be ok. After all, they sell goat and camel meat in my city, and no one freaks out about it.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM
  70. Suzanne said...

    Wow that's a cool news. Congrats for it. The restaurant and the images of food are quite interesting but I wished that it was not made up of horse meat so that people like us also could try them who are not horse meat eaters like you..

    July 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM
  71. Dick said...

    I think this is the first time you had horse meat and so you are so excited. I don't have a similar experience and nor do I want to. But the restaurant is attractive with brilliant decoration inside. Thanks for the post. Bye.

    July 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM
  72. lechua said...

    oh dear... din know horse meat can also be found in china...

    July 28, 2010 at 11:44 PM
  73. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    My horse tasted even better then when I took a trip to a southern east asian country and ate some dog meat soup. All Horses should be eaten or enslaved but not kept as pets.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM
  74. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    I can't blame other countries and cultures for consumption of horsemeat- I can only work towards stopping that from happening here at home.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM