Photo by Elizabeth Hussey
Though it’s mere minutes from chaotic pedestrian street Nanluoguxiang, Dali Courtyard, housed in a charming brick courtyard house, is as tranquil as the nearby streets are buzzing. Dinner is a set menu here (from ¥150/person), a small parade of dishes from southern Yunnan province. Star dishes, like rubing (fried goat cheese), guoqiao mixian (crossing-the-bridge-noodles) and anything with mushrooms—a food for which Yunnan is known—always make appearances. Other dishes include things like grilled fish colored in chilis, stried-fried wild vegetables, and tofu and mint salad. The food here is on the spicy side, so be sure to ask for it mild. If you’re a vegetarian or have dietary restrictions, have the information written down in Chinese, and give it to your server before you order.
By Sophie Friedman, AFAR Local Expert
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Laid-back Hutong Yunnanese
A stone's throw away from the masses at Nanluoguxiang, Dali Courtyard serves up authentic Yunnanese fare in a stunning hutong courtyard perfect for a chilled-out meal under the stars. They offer a set menu from ¥150 per person based on seasonal ingredients, but do accommodate special requests. Mainstays include fried cheese, mint salads with tofu skins, and fried shrimp with lemongrass.
By Lisa Gay