The Ultimate Guangzhou Food Guide

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

I'm constantly amazed by the huge selection of food you can try in the South of China. My wife Ting is from Guangzhou, so we often spend time exploring the back lanes looking for food, and filming street food videos for our YouTube Channel. It's so full of delicious food here! It would truly take a lifetime to eat everything! Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong, which is famous in China and throughout the world as the home of Cantonese food, known here locally as Yuecai or 粤菜. Cantonese food is perhaps the most famous Chinese food around the world, mainly because the first and second wave Chinese immigrants came from the south of China; Guangdong, Fujian, and Hainan.

You can find some real gems in Guangzhou! The dough for these noodles is made by bouncing up and down on a bamboo pole!

Here, in Guangdong, and the rest of the south of China, you can find elegant, refined cuisine that is best experienced in hole in the wall restaurants and high end restaurants alike.

Ps: to use Google maps and find these locations, I recommend using ExpressVPN. This is especially useful  if you're using my other Chinese food guides, like my Xi'an food guide and my Chengdu food guide.


Dim Sum

Dim sum is the first thing I always eat in Guangzhou, simply because it’s so satisfying and makes you feel so happy! In the old days, dim sum was pushed around on carts and people would choose what they wanted as they ate, and still is in many places outside of China, but now most restaurants in Guangzhou are sit down and order places, where you’re given a menu and a pencil to tick off the dishes you want to eat beforehand.

At many dim sum restaurants in China, you’re given a menu to check off what you want with a pencil.

It can be quite difficult to order the best dishes if you can’t read or speak Chinese, so you can bring this guide along with you and show the photos of the food to the server.

10 Must Try Dim Sum Dishes

1 Har Gao - Xia Jiao - 虾饺 - Shrimp Dumplings

I always order up one or even two steamers of Har Gao shrimp and pork fat dumplings. They are absolutely fantastic. The silky rice flour wrapper, the springy shrimp, and the bursting pork fat makes these dumplings an all time favorite dim sum dish.

2 Siu Mai - Shaomai - 烧麦 - Pork And Shrimp Dumplings

These go along perfectly with the Har Gao dumplings. These juicy pork and shrimp dumplings are often also filled with bamboo shoots, water chestnut, or dehydrated shiitake mushrooms. I’m also guilty of dipping these in a chili sauce, I just can’t help it!


3 Char Sui Bao - Chashaobao - 叉烧包 - BBQ Pork Buns

There’s nothing like eating classic chashaobao in a local dim sum restaurant in Guangdong. The fluffy bao dough and the soft, juicy, and slightly sweet BBQ pork is so satisfying!

4 Cheong Fen - Chang Fen - 肠粉 - Rice Noodle Rolls

These come in a few variations, but the basic concept is always the same, you have a steamed rice flour that is stuffed with your choice of filling and rolled up. I usually get the xiachang 虾肠 shrimp roll, but you can also order it with beef, pork, or plain. You can also find this dish on the street for breakfast or in many little family run restaurants specializing in all different types of changfen.

5 Feng Zao - Fengzhua - 凤抓 - Chicken feet

Chicken feet! Dont’ dismiss them until you try them because when they are done right, they can be absolutely incredible. They are first fried and then steamed, which gives the skin around the feet an extra fluffy and satisfying texture to chew on. They are usually covered in a slightly spicy bean paste which lends a lot of flavour and makes them very delicous!

Egg custard molten egg custard buns in Hong Kong China
6 Laosabao - Liushabao - 流沙包 - Molten egg custard buns

These molten egg custard steamed buns are one of my favorite dim sum dishes. They are stuffed with an oozy, gooey egg custard that is sweet, a little granular, and when served steaming hot, you won’t be able to stop eating them!

7 Luobago -Luobuogao - 萝卜糕 - Fried turnip cake

The radish cake! Another famous dim sum dish you must try when you go for dim sum in Guangdong. It’s basically shredded turnip and rice flour in a pan fried cake.

Egg tart dim sum
8 Dantat - Danta - 蛋挞 - Portugese egg tart

Portugese egg tarts are famous all throughout Southern China, and is heavily influenced by the Portugese pastel de nata,  and is said to have been found first in Guangzhou in the 1920’s. They outer pastry dough is soft and flaky and the inner egg custard is sweet and very enjoyable!

9 Pidan Shourou Zhou - 皮蛋瘦肉粥 - Century egg porridge

This one is for the more adventurous eaters! If you want to try century egg, but don’t want to try a bite out of a whole egg, you can order up this famous rice porridge in almost any dim sum restaurant and get a taste for the real deal. Little pieces of fermented, potent century egg are mixed in throughout the porridge, giving you an intense flavour that you’ll either love or hate.

10 Chaomian - 炒面

I always like to order one fried noodle dish. In Southern China, the most common noodle to fry is thin, yellow egg noodles with beef and served with a chili sauce that you can dip each bite into.

My 3 Favorite Dim Sum Restaurants in Guangzhou

1 Guangzhou Restaurant

Guangzhou restaurant AKA Guangzhou Jiujia or 广州酒家 is one of Guangzhou’s oldest and most famous dim sum restaurants. There are now many chain locations throughout the city, but you should visit the old one in the city center for the classic experience.

Eating har gao in guangzhou is a nessecity! Order up a steamer at the guangzhou restaurant

There are so many options to choose from, but I recommend trying their famous har gao shrimp dumplings, and choosing some of the classic dishes I listed above.

Name: Guangzhou Jiujia 广州酒家
Address: 2 Wenchang S Rd, ShangXiaJiu, Liwan Qu 文昌南路2号
Phone: 020-81380388
Hours: 07:00-14:30 and 17:30-22:00, come before 11 for dim sum
Price: 200+ RMB/person
2 Dim Dou Dak

Dim Dou Dak is one of Guangzhou’s few restaurants that serves dim sum all day. You can come here for dinner! They have excellent dim sum of all types, but are famous for their hongchangfen, a rice noodle roll with a crispy pastry and shrimp stuffed inside, they are definitely worth a try!


Name: Dim Dou Dak 點都德(聚福楼)
3 White Swan Hotel Dim Sum

If you want to eat extremely delicious and elegant dim sum, White Swan hotel has undoubtedly the BEST dim sum in Guangzhou. The prices are expensive, but it is so worth it. You can eat truffle siu mai and the most delicious and plump shrimp ha gao dumplings from heaven!

Name: White Swan Hotel Restaurant 广州白天鹅宾馆
Address: 沙面南路一号 Shamian Nan Lu Yi Hao
Hours: Come for morning dim sum. The lineup might be long.
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  1. Hi Trevor James,
    I’ve been following your channel on YouTube for a long time. I even follow your guide when we travel back to China! One thing I want to point out: the picture shown in “蛋挞”(egg tart) is actually “葡挞”(Portuguese egg tart). The defference between the two of them are significant and a food ranger shouldn’t make this simple mistake. And as the capital of delicious food, Guangzhou has more than Dim Sum. Please show more good food in Guangdong!

    Hi, james im your utuber follower. If u dont mind to mark halal (if any)among restaurant/foodstall u have visited or in the future. Its gonna be helpful for muslim follower and eater. Especially in guangzhou ?

    Yow T-James! a wanna become yo affiliate on ma site! hit me up! and also do hook me up with a chinese garl! a love them chinese women!

    In the “10 MUST TRY DIM SUM DISHES” section, the characters should be “凤爪” but not “凤抓” in the fifth item.

    Hey Trevor,
    Loving your videos. I’ll be heading to China in one month with some friends. I was just wondering what the English was like in these restaurants, as none of us can speak mandarin. Would we still be able to visit these places or should we find someone who can speak the language to take us there?

    Hi,常乐,Could you tell me what’s the Chinese name of the 3rd restaurant ? I am a student in Guangzhou now

    Hi,常乐,Could you tell me what’s the Chinese name of the 3rd restaurant ? I am a student in Guangzhou now

    Hi Trevor James!
    Greetings from Singapore!
    My partner and i have been an avid fan of your food videos and we never miss an episode! We were inspired by your food tours in Guangzhou and we have decided to make a trip there just to try out all the food that you have recommended. We booked our air tickets and hotel right after re-watching one of your videos on Guangzhou’s delicacies and can’t wait to be there in December!
    We have also taken part in your latest 2M subscribers give away to Guangzhou and hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet yourself and Ting!
    Thanks for the awesome videos! 🙂

    Hi Trevor James. I have gone through your food videos. The best video that I liked was Indian street food of your dreams in Kolkata, India published on Dec 2, 2017 and The Ultimate guide to Cantonese food,Guangzhou, Guangdong, China published on 30th March 2018. I want to achieve my dream goal by becoming a food ranger like you. Can you help me with the requirements that needs to be fulfilled?

      Hi Saural!!! Wow thank you so much for your comment. I think the best way is to start going ahead and making small steps to your dreams. Take the first step and do something to create your own vision and keep going every day and soon you will be on top of a mountain!!!