Rice Noodles Breakfast At Zheng Yang Pedestrian Street

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | Published in


I am not a noodles person.

Wait....Let me correct that.

I am not a noodles person at breakfast. I do eat noodles for lunch or even dinner, but for breakfast? That is so not me!

My breakfast is usually fruits, fruits and more fruits. I think some of you already knew that.

Well, sometimes, I do go for toast with butter and kaya, half boiled eggs and a cup of hot coffee! In fact, these are my favourite breakfast food!

And so when Jam, his friend and I went for rice noodles breakfast on our second day in Guilin, I was a little apprehensive. Luckily, I am not a very fussy person and can easily adapt.

Besides, I was in China and the local people in Guilin do not eat toast with butter and kaya and half boiled eggs for breakfast! At least, not the average local people. Maybe the richer and more westernised ones do. I don't know. Anyway, that is one of the beauty of traveling - immersing in the local culture and food.

We went to this restaurant called Chong Shan Restaurant (崇善米粉店) located at Zheng Yang Pedestrian Street (正阳步行街).

The restaurant was very popular with the local people as there were many people lining up while we were there. As I was not good in Chinese, Jam helped us order our food at the counter at the front entrance. He was given coupons which was used to exchange for food inside the restaurant.

This is my rice noodles.

It is made up of pickled vegetables, pork meat, peanuts and of course, rice noodles. I kind of like it. It was not very different from the horse meat rice noodles I ate the night before at Hao Da Ma Restaurant.

There were many different types of sauces and spices available to add to the noodles. However, we only found that out much later and did not try them!

Besides noodles, we also ordered their herbal jelly gui ling gao.

I think I still prefer the gui ling gao at our very own Koong Woh Tong. Perhaps I did not like it to be too watery.

The price list was clearly displayed outside the restaurant.

Although I like eating this rice noodles, and we ate it for breakfast a few times, there came a point where I almost puked just by looking at it. I guess too much of the same thing is no good!

We had planned to visit the ancient town of Daxu that day. We would be going there by bus. But as there was still some time right after our breakfast, we took a walk along the pedestrian street.

Zheng Yang Pedestrian Street is a famous street in downtown Guilin. It is about 666 metres long (yikes! they should have lengthen or reduce it by 1 metre! haha!) and is surrounded by restaurants, shops, hotels, theatres, commercial facilities and scenic spots.

I love walking on this street! Look at how wide it is!

I guess I was still not used to the wide streets and roads in Guilin. Well, it was only my second day in Guilin.

There were not many people at this time in the morning. We came here again during one of the evenings and it was more crowded then.

Not only were the street wide, it was clean, which was somewhat of a surprise to me.

Before I went to Guilin, I always had this impression that it was a small town with old run down buildings. But as I was walking along this charming looking street, I was blown away by how modern the place was!

That's the clock tower in the distance. Nice.

Below is a restaurant with a windmill in front. Reminded me of the Windmill Restaurant in Malaysia.

Looking at that One-Line Cafe (on the left) sure reminded me of Starbucks coffee with its green logo!

After walking for some time, we headed to the bus stop to take a bus to Guilin Bus Terminal for the next destination on our itinerary - Daxu Ancient Town.


(80) Comments

  1. Caroline said...


    July 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM
  2. Caroline said...

    yummy!! i like gui ling gao as well!! T.T

    July 27, 2010 at 2:26 PM
  3. Caroline said...

    hahaha!! the One-Line Cafe really look like starbucks! :D

    July 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM
  4. Merryn said...

    me here too :D

    July 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM
  5. Merryn said...

    wat's gui ling gao??? not cinchau meh?

    July 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM
  6. Anonymous

    Oh yes...I discovered on my recent trip that no continental breakfasts are served in China hotels. They don't even serve decent coffee and tea! I am so not used to their breakfast of congee, mantou, salted veggies etc.

    I love noodles (and pasta). I am not a fan of steak dishes.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM
  7. iamthewitch said...

    Ah yes, when I was in Hangzhou and Shanghai, the most common breakfast was noodles too! But I loved them! LOL! You almost puked after a few times? Would you puke if I ask you to eat half-boiled egg and toast everyday? I guess not! Haha

    July 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  8. iamthewitch said...

    The guilingao looked so watery.. I guess I won't like it as well!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM
  9. Unknown said...

    i love bak chang for bfast, can ar?

    July 27, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  10. Unknown said...

    i love bak chang for bfast, can ar?

    July 27, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  11. web development said...

    Fro the pics you have posted above,Guilin seems to be a good place to visit.My Chinese is not too good either(esp.verbal) maybe a dictionary would be a good option when i travel there.I also like to eat light breakfast but when on vacation,wouldn't mind to change my breakfast pattern.Like you, i can also easily adapt and i feel people traveling lots,needs to as well.

    July 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM
  12. Reanaclaire said...

    Going for a trip ownself, i mean not with a tour is better in a way.. can take our own sweet time to tour around places... will make guilin one of my top choices to go.. :)

    July 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM
  13. [SK] said...

    i am ok with noodles anytime.. but definitely not rice for breakfast..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:28 PM
  14. [SK] said...

    your breakfast is very healthy lor.. only fruits, fruits and fruits..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:28 PM
  15. [SK] said...

    during weekends or non working days, i normally have noodles for breakfast.. errr, i mean brunch by the time i wake up lah..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM
  16. [SK] said...

    my only rice for breakfast would be nasi lemak or glutinous rice only..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM
  17. [SK] said...

    that noodle looks ok to me actually.. in fact i like that kind of noodles, which we can't find here in malaysia..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM
  18. [SK] said...

    i guess Guilin must be very famous for those rice noodles..

    July 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM
  19. [SK] said...

    and the menu for the noodles, they go by weight of the noodles?? haha, interesting!!

    July 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM
  20. [SK] said...

    so how's the gui ling gao?? was it authentic enough?? but gui ling gao early in the morning?? haha~~

    July 27, 2010 at 3:32 PM
  21. Afriqiyah said...

    Noodles are just wow! I love having noodles may it be for breakfast or dinner. The restaurant and the servings are quite appreciable. The jelly looks to be tasty too. Bye.

    July 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM
  22. mNhL said...

    the noodle with prickles veg and peanuts is something like the beef noodle in seremban.

    July 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM
  23. khengsiong said...

    Designs of the shops are quite modern. Can't imagine this is a relatively small town in China.

    July 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM
  24. Kelvin said...

    I thought noodles is supposedly one of the best dish for breakfast~

    July 27, 2010 at 7:01 PM
  25. Gabriel said...

    the gui ling gao looks different...haha...i thought malaysians always eat noodles for breakfast???

    July 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, you like gui ling gao too? have you tried the one by Koong Woh Tong?

    July 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    merryn, you have never tried gui ling gao before? No, it's not cincau! Haha!! Go to your second home, search for Koong Woh Tong (somewhere in Old Wing ground floor) and try it! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    mei teng, so you had congee for breakfast everyday there? : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:09 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, actually I think I would puke too if I eat hard boiled eggs and toast everyday! Haha!

    Yeah, the gui ling gao was too watery.

    July 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    saucer, I think bak chang is too heavy for my breakfast but I did have bak chang for breakfast recently : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    web development, it is a good thing to be able to adapt to different situations when we travel : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, yes it's always better to go on your own than with tour. So when are you going Guilin? : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:13 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    SK, why not rice for breakfast? I don't eat nasi lemak for breakfast - too oily and fatty in the morning, haha!!

    You like this rice noodles? Yeah, can't be found in Malaysia. Maybe you should go Guilin and eat them everyday there! Haha!

    Didn't quite like the gui ling gao cos it was too watery unlike the one I ate at Koong Woh Tong. And yes, I can eat it anytime of the day including breakfast! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:16 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    afriqiyah, thanks for dropping by. Didn't know you like noodles for breakfast too! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    mNhL, I have not tried the beef noodles in Seremban! Is it good?

    July 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, yes China had advanced to such an extent that even small town looks huge and modern : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    kelvin, haha! I guess you must be always eating noodles for breakfast! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM
  38. lina said...

    Reminded me of my trip to China. Everyday had to eat plain congee because I was apprehensive about eating pretty much everything else!

    July 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    gabriel, yes the gui ling gao is different - more watery and less firm. So you always eat noodles for breakfast too? : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:20 PM
  40. lina said...

    Very filling breakfast you had there in China, Foong!

    If go Japan, eat onigiri lah pulak! :D

    July 27, 2010 at 8:23 PM
  41. lina said...

    I like noodles... breakfast, lunch or dinner. ;)

    July 27, 2010 at 8:24 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    lina, eat congee everyday? What a horrible holiday that must be! Haha!

    So you like noodles for every meal? I think I can only take so much. Haha : )

    July 27, 2010 at 8:40 PM
  43. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh...so you are not a noodle person in the morning? Then again...you wake up that early meh? :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:19 PM
  44. Tekkaus said...

    You are an owl o. You eat fruit meh? I thought you only eat worms in the morning. :)

    Wait...owl...eat what? Rats right?

    July 27, 2010 at 9:20 PM
  45. Tekkaus said...

    Yes, most of us already knew that you are one very fruity bloke. LOL :D

    July 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM
  46. Tekkaus said...

    You are not fussy but you wrote a few paragraphs to talk about it. :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM
  47. Tekkaus said...

    Yalor. You think in China they have Papa Rich meh? Papa Poor also don't have ler. :D

    July 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM
  48. Tekkaus said...

    You are correct bro. And that is the very reason why people go traveling right? To blend in the culture and to taste the food there. :D

    July 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM
  49. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...people were lining. Must be super damn delicious huh! Jam was given coupon?

    July 27, 2010 at 9:26 PM
  50. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...your rice noodles...look rather...emm...emm...not visually pleasing. :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM
  51. Tekkaus said...

    What? You ate horse meat rice noodles? :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:28 PM
  52. Tekkaus said...

    Then you eat gui ling gao? Arrggh....you eat tortoise? :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:29 PM
  53. Tekkaus said...

    Puked just by looking at it? I almost puked when I saw it the first time. LOL :D

    July 27, 2010 at 9:29 PM
  54. Tekkaus said...

    What 666 metres long? This is not good. Bad omen. :D Wow...looks like they have everything over there.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:30 PM
  55. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! I thought....guilin is an old run down placed filled with lots of tortoises. :p I am impressed.

    Wow...KFC! That's where I wanna be. :p

    July 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM
  56. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! The one-line cafe does look like Starbuck. Can't help it as we know...China is famous for what right? LOL :D

    July 27, 2010 at 9:32 PM
  57. wenn said...

    the rice noodles look yummy!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:22 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, I woke up early during my travels. Haha!

    You don't find the noodles visually pleasing? Haha, wait till you taste it! ; )

    You almost puked when you saw it the first time? Goodness! Then you can never go China! LOL!

    You want to go KFC in China? OMG! KFC is one of the worst fast food restaurants in the world. LOL!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:44 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    wenn, yes it was indeed yummy! : )

    July 27, 2010 at 10:45 PM
  60. Naomi said...

    the noodle look delicious. The street is so fancy, like walking down to dreamland

    July 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM
  61. Cashmere said...

    Im not a breakfast person and I'm totally a noodles person.. I'll choose noodles over rice anytime. haha! ;P

    July 28, 2010 at 5:24 AM
  62. manglish said...

    waaaaaaaaaaa can really tell that it is booming hor china

    July 28, 2010 at 5:49 AM
  63. lina said...

    Food is one of the reason Zaini sworn off China from our holiday list. He's really not into Chinese food. Some more had to suffer eat so little during that holiday. o.O

    July 28, 2010 at 8:50 AM
  64. Ishmael F. Ahab said...

    Wow...seems like the food there is really nice.

    Hey, why aren't you a noodles person during breakfast? Me, I could eat noodles for breakfast. ^_^

    July 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM
  65. Suzanne said...

    Thanks for sharing. I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine. The noodles looks pretty delicious but the jelly is very horrible. The place looks so clean and quiet.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM
  66. vialentino said...

    i love having noodles for my breakfast...hehehe

    July 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM
  67. mNhL said...

    Errmm....for me,the beef noodle in S'ban ok la. I like the combination of salted vege, peanuts and sesame seeds mixed in the noodle. However, I'm not a beef person, so I always eat a little bit only because of the beefy smell.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:08 PM
  68. Shingo T said...

    It takes alot of discipline to have consistent fruity breakfast. Salutes! ^_^

    Haha, used to think Gui Ling Gao was made from turtles. Only had that misconception corrected a year ago. Silly me!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM
  69. bluedreamer27 said...

    its been awhile now since i last ate noodles

    July 29, 2010 at 1:58 AM
  70. bluedreamer27 said...

    but unlike noodles being served in resto... i a more into instant noodles.. hehe for some reason i love the taste of it more than any other noodle dish

    July 29, 2010 at 1:59 AM
  71. bluedreamer27 said...

    i wonder how does the herbal jelly taste like....

    July 29, 2010 at 2:00 AM
  72. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    Thank you Jen, and yes, the extra chilies added to the dish made it flaming! Great news to hear you also like your food spicy!

    July 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM
  73. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    Yeah! I Seems like most of my stir fries are better with rice. But I want to use those rice noodles that poof when you fry them-I just don't know what they are supposed to be served with.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM
  74. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    Right before you're ready to serve, place individual portions of the noodles in your metal, hand-held strainer...

    July 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM
  75. Hanging lamps said...

    i wanted to try snails when i was in vietnam. they looked reli yummy sitting in a big broiler. but becos it was sold at a roadside stall, we weren't too keen on giving it a go :< i imagine its texture wud be a firmer version of lala....

    August 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM
  76. Ayie said...

    i like that whole commercial stretch.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:35 AM
  77. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    i get mixed up with my noddles and what to put in what, so can you put soy sauce in with rice noodles?????

    August 6, 2010 at 6:03 PM
  78. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    my friend cooked a lovely rice noodle and chicken dish(a dry dish) but when i tried to do it the noodles went all gloopy and stodgy, please could someone give me a recipe. many thanks in advance xx

    August 10, 2010 at 7:26 PM
  79. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    Ramen Noodles are really bad for you, because of the MSG. Some holistic doctors actually think the MSG kills brain cells. Others believe the frog population is dying out because of the MSG introducted into the water.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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