Cooking Beer Fish with Harry – from Yangshuo, Guangxi, China

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Cooking Beer Fish with Harry – from Yangshuo, Guangxi, China




While we were having a hard time in Yangshuo, it was even hard to find a place to eat. All the restaurants in town seem like aiming for the big tourist groups, and they didn’t look like having ‘local cuisine’ as they clammed to. Well, it got better eventually. It was just a matter of know where to go and what to eat.

Over the second last dinner in Yangshuo, we decided to have ‘Beer Fish’ the next day. Beer Fish is Yangshuo’s cuisine that cooked with fresh Li River fish and Liquian (local) beer. And no doubt, the most popular dish here. We were at a new claypot restaurant, and like meant to be, we met Harry. Harry was the first English speaking Chinese people we met. He said he knows what Westerners like, because he worked at an Australian restaurant in Shenzhen for 7 years. And he said he doesn’t use MSG, and we were extremely happy to hear that. We asked if he knows any good place to eat beer fish and what do you know? It was on he’s menu. He agreed to film the cooking process, and we promised to come back with our cameras, and we did.

Stephen and I observed the whole process of cooking beerfish and filmed it. Thanks to Harry for letting us follow you around. Good luck with your new business!

Now, let’s watch the video, and learn how to.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. […] Beer fish is well known for Yangshuo specialty. I thought ‘beer fish’ is some kind of direct translation of the fish’s name from Chinese to English. But it’s from how they cook it; literally they cook the fish with LiQian beer, or local beer as the locals call it. I was fortunate enough to observe the cooking process closely with our friend Harry the cook from Yangshuo and made it into a video – a fun one! Watch the video of how to cook beerfish from my recent update here. […]

  2. Erica says:

    AWWW! You guys are too cute. Loved the video – made me super hungry (although I may try out his recipe at home!).

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Erica! 🙂 It was fun to make this video. Try it with American beer — will be totally different since the local beer has only 3.6% alcohol!

  3. Nellie says:

    Cuteeee! Aww you and Stephen look like you’re having alot of fun together. 😉

  4. Ross says:

    Thanks for the video! I have had the beer fish in Yangshuo before but I didn’t get to watch it being cooked.
    What you are doing is fantastic! I am an engineer in a cubicle farm and my dream is to quit and just travel, take pictures and write. I am glad to see that someone is doing that.

  5. Meaghan says:

    What is Harry’s restaurant’s address?

  6. Very cool! Never heard of this before.

  7. […] a restaurant owner who are interested in showing his kitchen and cooking skills. You can check the “Beerfish” video that I made with Harry.  They have a rich selection of fresh water fish and snails from Li River, […]

  8. Craig says:

    Wow, now that is what you call fresh; you can not get fresher than that. The flip he did looked sweet too. Beer and fish is one of those things I would be skeptical about. The idea does not sound like it would go, but it is one of those things I maybe suprised about. I definitely want to try it to see what the fuss is about.

  9. Food is such an important part of cultural and travel. I’m so glad to learn that you were able to get a personal cooking lesson from Harry. I’m sure it made for some unique memories 🙂

  10. Tara says:

    Beer fish is my favourite dish apart from spicy aubergine! Juno how long will you stay in Yangshuo?

  11. […] them to cook Beerfish with the local beer: Li-Quian beer. I had an opportunity to observe the cooking process with Chinese chef, Harry. Also the beer is the main ingredient for […]

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