Guangzhou, in the southeastern province of Guangdong, near Hong Kong, is one of China’s fastest-growing cities, with new buildings from internationally renowned architects and an emerging, world-class art scene. The city also has what may be China’s most exciting food, thanks to some of the best local produce and seafood found anywhere on the mainland, wonderful indigenous cooking and an exceptional variety of restaurants offering cuisines from all over the country.
Cooking rice in hand-fired pots is an art at Ya Yuan, which offers this classic Guangdong dish in versions made with chicken, salted fish, pork, mushrooms and pickled greens. The crispy leftovers found at the bottom of the rice pot can be turned into a rich soup. Details 14 Chao Tian Rd., near Zhong Shan 6 Rd.; 011-86-20-8335-5808.
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The province of Guizhou has some of the country’s most fascinating food, blending sour, spicy and smoky flavors wit. Details East Block, 2/F, Sec. A, 475 Huan Shi Dong Rd.; 011-86-20-8769-6459.