Qunzhong Street: traditional Sanya cuisine is alive and kicking!

By Wang Dingbin / HICN / Updated: 15:45,06-June-2021

Sanya people have a deep love of life and they know the secret to enjoy it - good food! In Sanya, you’ll find a traditional local restaurant on practically every street and tucked into every corner, giving diners countless choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks, and more! New to the Sanya foodie scene? We’ve got you covered with this quick guide to tasty Sanya eats.

Qunzhong Street (Qunzhong Jie) is a great place to begin your Sanya foodie journey.


Photo via @davidhuangfu

Qunzhong Street may not be very long, but it is chock-full of traditional Sanya street food. At first, there were only a few traditional restaurants there. Soon though, word of the mouthwatering, highly affordable food they offered began to spread around town, bringing in more and more hungry diners. Soon, street stalls began popping up to help feed the crowds, and the legend of Qunzhong Street was born.

There’s so much good food here, it’s hard to know where to begin!

A restaurant at 39 Qunzhong St. offers tasty fare

Visitors to Sanya should definitely make time to check out the Hainan Specialty Restaurant on Qunzhong Street.

This might not be the fanciest restaurant in town, but it is the place to go for all kinds of Hainanese street foods, especially different varieties of Yibua, a Hainanese steamed dumpling.

In addition to Yibua, you can also enjoy Qingbuliang (a sweet, chilled dessert soup made with coconut and other fruits), Jishitang (a dessert made with Chinese fever vine herb dumplings), shrimp cakes, sesame congee, and more.

31 Qunzhong Street’s Pangjie Zhazha is popular with locals and visitors alike.

The Hainanese cooking method called “Zhazha” simply means deep-frying everything. What’s not to love about that? Vegetables? Deep fry them. Meat? Deep fry them. Mushrooms? You know what to do! Everything is displayed on a food cart, and it's up to you to choose the ingredients you want. Then into the deep fryer, they go! After being lovingly deep-fried in the sizzling-hot oil, your selections are topped with a special sauce that manages to be sweet, salty, and spicy all at once. Your taste buds will think they’ve arrived in paradise!

Fengxiang Restaurant has been anchoring the street for over 10 years.

Even though it’s small enough to qualify for “hole in the wall” status, Fengxiang Restaurant feeds an endless stream of diners every day. Fengxiang’s Gangmen Rice Noodles are the preferred breakfast of many a local student and office worker.

Never had Gangmen Rice Noodles? You are in for a treat! The handmade rice noodles are thickly cut, and the soup base has just a touch of sweetness. Fried fish cakes are a popular choice for the protein in this dish, and if you are feeling feisty, you can even add a spoonful of Hainan yellow lantern pepper, which is sure to start your day with a kick!

88 Qunzhong Street’s Linming Roast Duck Restaurant offers authentic Hainan Roast Duck.

This restaurant mainly serves Hainanese dishes, and the star of the show is the Hainan Roast Duck. There’s not much space, so you’ll have to arrive early if you want a spot!


You are probably familiar with Beijing Roast Duck, but have you had Hainan Roast Duck? You might not ever go back to Beijing after you do! Hainan Roast Duck is both juicier and more tender, with whisper-thin skin, thick, savory chunks of meat, and a satisfying, robust texture. Just dip it in the secret sauce and indulge to your heart’s content! 

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