As a major tourist city, Sanya offers a variety of Hainan cuisine. Four most famous dishes in Hainan are Wenchang chicken (sliced boiled chicken served with soy sauce, ginger sauce or ginger and scallion sauce), Jiaji duck (Sliced Boiled duck), Dongshan lamb and Hele crab. There is a wide range of Hainan food to choose from so you will be spoilt for choice.
Wenchang Chicken: Wenchang Chicken got its name from the place of its origin, Hainan’s Wenchang City. Being oily, tasty, tender, smooth and scrumptious, Wenchang Chicken is popular with both the local people and tourists who can enjoy it at most hotels in Sanya.
Jiaji Duck: Jiaji Duck is abundant in Jiaji Town, Qionghai City of Hainan. It is said that Jiaji Duck was introduced by the overseas Chinese from Malaysia 300 hundred years ago, so it is also known as “foreign duck”. The appearance of Jiaji Duck is different from both the local duck and Beijing Duck. Because of the special breeding methods used in Jiaji Town, the Jiaji Duck characteristically has lots of tender breast meat, thin skin, soft bones, , and delicious fat. This local treat can be eaten at most hotels in Sanya.
Dongshan Goat: Dongshan Goat also got its name from its birthplace, Dongshan Ridge, in Wanning City. Dongshan Goat has been famous since the Song Dynasty, and was once listed as tribute to the court. The delicious meat can be prepared in a variety of ways such as frying, stewing and boiling, and is widely available in Sanya’s hotels and restaurants.
Hele Crab: Hele Crab is a traditional dish originating from Hele Town, Wanning County in Hainan. Hele Crab is famous for its hard shell, rich meat and full crab roe, and can be cooked by steaming, boiling, frying or roasting, though steaming is considered the best method to bring out the full flavor of Hele Crab. Eating Hele Crab is considered to be beneficial to nourishing the bone marrow and liver, muscles and tendons, and promoting good blood circulation. A good place to eat Hele Crab is Lexin Hotel, located on Lesanjiao Road.
Nanshan Vegetarian Meal
The unique and renowned food in Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone is its vegetarian dishes. The most famous dishes include shredded eel with sesame Oil, dry-braised steamed perch，sautéed Chinese caterpillar fungus.
“Bamboo Rice” of Li People
“Bamboo rice”, rice baked in bamboo tube, is a traditional food of the Li people, an ethnic group of China. Characterized by its tastiness and convenience, “bamboo rice” provides three main flavors: salty rice, black soy bean rice and meat rice.
“Colored Rice” of Miao People
Colored rice is a special dish of Miao people, another ethnic group of China. Colored rice comprises three colors, red (okra), yellow (ginger), and black (trident maple). The rice is steamed in a special wood steamer. This dish is a must when the locals celebrate festivals.
Hainan-style vermicelli is the most traditional and typical specialty in Hainan. The rice-and-potato-made noodle is often mixed with soy sauce, mashed garlic, sesame oil, bean sprout, sliced beef, dried shredded squid, fried peanut, cooked sesame and other ingredients.