From Hong Kong I spent a few days in Guilin. Why one might ask? Good question. Well, mainly because north of the city is Longsheng where the Longji terraces are (see future post) and south of the city is Yangshuo which you travel to by boat on the beautiful Li jiang river (see future post as well). There is not to much to do in Guilin but they do have some interesting and tasty goods. Known for it's snakes, turtles, dogs, rats, and also the local delicacies of Lipu taro pork and Guilin Rice Noodles (Gui Lin Mi Fen). The town's most celebrated scenic spot is Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan). The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, so it is called Elephant Trunk Hill. I've seen a lot of elephant shaped hills and mountains before but most were just trunks and such, none had the body as well so this one was a little more impressive.
On the top of the hill is a two-storey pagoda built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) surrounded by green trees. The north seat of the second floor is inlaid with an image of Bodhisattva Puxian. The pagoda looks like a precious vase on the back of an elephant seen from distance and many beautiful legends about the pagoda with good wishes are said among people.
Lipu taro pork is made from pork, taro, Guilin preserved bean curd, and various other ingredients. Pork and taro cubes are fried separately and then steamed together, so that each piece is golden on the outside and soft, juicy and flavorful on the inside.
It was a different tasting food than most things I've had. Taro is similar to the potato in texture and sort of in taste. I liked this dish but mainly because the pork was delicate and the sauce tasty.