The Naxi ethnic group in China has a cuisine unlike any other in the country. It’s bursting with flavor, from smoked pork served with beer-soaked fruit to blood sausage and bean jelly. It’s also a cuisine that’s spent ages growing and changing.
The historic kingdom of the Naxi people is nestled in the Yunnan Province — near the Himalayas — a region they’ve lived in for thousands of years. It’s by the ancient Tea Horse Road, now modern-day Lijiang, and has withstood the rise and fall of many an era and emperor. The city’s grassy tiled roofs and worn cobbled streets still stand as a monument to a number of cultures that have passed through. If the matriarchal structure and pictographic language of the Naxi people doesn’t completely captivate you, we guarantee that their cuisine will. Naxi food is an explosion of flavor and color that will challenge everything you thought you knew about Chinese cuisine.