Four famous Hainan dishes in Sanya
The following famous Hainan dishes are unique to the province and well worth ordering when visiting local restaurants in Sanya.
Wenchang Chicken (文昌鸡)
The precursor of the dish known around the world as Hainan Chicken, this dish comes from the city of Wenchang in the north of Hainan Island.
The chickens used in the dish are raised free-range in the Wenchang area and fed a diet of bran and coconut.
Traditionally the bird is boiled in stock and the meat served sliced on the bone. The meat is usually served with several dips and sauces.
Hele Crab (和乐蟹)
A dish originating from the town of Hele, near Wanning, where the locally-reared crabs have a rich, oily meat, they are usually steamed and served with ginger and a garlic and vinegar sauce.
Jiaji Duck (加积鸭)
The ducks used in this dish are traditionally raised in the Qionghai area on a diet of bran and tofu. They can be served steamed, boiled or roasted.
Dongshan Lamb (东山羊)
The meat in this dish is actually not lamb but goat, sourced from livestock reared at Dongshan Ridge near Wanning. The meat is usually roasted or braised in coconut milk.
Famous Hainan Rice Noodles
Sanya is well known for its rice noodles, it is a common sight to see street stands and small eateries where a delicious bowl of noodles can be picked up for just a few yuan.
There are many local variations of this basic dish – the four most well known are Baoluo Rice Noodles (抱罗粉), Hainan Rice Noodles (海南粉), Gangmen Rice Noodles (港门粉) and Lingshui Sour Rice Noodles (陵水酸粉).