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Hainan Noodles

Introduction & Highlights

If the island of Hainan had a defining flavour and dish, it would surely be a big bowl of noodles. Amongst a rich offering of local gastronomy, this traditional gourmet snack attracts much attention, whetting the appetite of locals and, moreover, of visitors looking to live authentic experiences also at the table.

Almost five centuries of culinary history have transformed them not only into a central element of the regional cuisine, but also into a brand image of Hainan. So much so that in 2010, rice noodles, one of four traditional noodle dishes, entered the list of Hainan's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

What goes into them that makes them so special? Pork is first combined with soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper and crushed garlic, before being left to marinate for 15 minutes. Creating some amazing tastes, that will excite anyone’s taste buds.

A wok is then normally used to heat vegetable oil and to fry peanuts. The pork and also some beef jerky is then added, tossed and turned countless times to become brown and crunchy. Add in noodles, chopped mustard greens, bamboo shoots, cilantro and scallions and you have a delicacy made in heaven.

You certainly won’t want to leave Haikou without having tasted at least one bowl of Hainan noodles. So, make sure you hunt them down in a restaurant. There are plenty of food outlets keeping up the traditional savoir-faire of cooking “Yan Fen”(腌粉), a local name for this dish.


Where to Experience
1. Yamei Authentic Hainan Noodles (亚妹正宗海南粉店)
The Middle Section of Ximen Antique Street, Xinmin West Road, Longhua District, Haikou (海口市龙华区新民西路西门古玩街中段)
2.South Bridge Hainan Noodles (南大桥海南粉)
No. 92 Longkunxia Village, Longkun North Road, Longhua District, Haikou(海口市龙华区龙昆北路龙昆下村92号)
3. Li Ma Spicy and Sour Noodles (Guo Mao Store) 黎妈酸辣粉 (国贸店)
Block M, Jiudu Community, No. 38 Guo Mao Avenue, Longhua District, Haikou(海口市龙华区国贸大道38号九都小区M座)
4. Sister Ying Breakfast Store (英姐早餐店)
1st Floor, Qiuhai Avenue, Xiuying District, Haikou City(海口市秀英区丘海大道一层)
5. Song Ji Hainan Rice Noodles (an intangible cultural heritage site in Haikou) 宋记海南粉传承老店(海口市级非物质文化遗产)
No.140 Renmin West Road, Haidian Island, Meilan District, Haikou (海口市美兰区海甸岛人民西里140号)