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A Bo Po Salt Roasted Chicken

Ā bo pó (阿卜婆) means ‘grandma’ in Hainanese, though we’d also translate it as ‘best chicken ever'. Indeed made by a 70-something grandma, the chicken here is buried in sea salt and baked for four hours, then...

Seafood in Haikou

Banqiao Seafood Market

For a fresh seafood dinner with lots of noise, smoke and toasting, head to the hectare of tables at the Banqiao Seafood Market, known island-wide. First bargain for the raw ingredients from the market – local...

Hainan in Haikou

Haikou Qilou Snack Street

This marvellous colonial arcade is the repository of many of the street vendors swept off the street in the clean-up campaign and is easily the best place to sample local Hainanese dishes. On weekends and busy...

Sichuan in Haikou

Wú Hóng Cānba

This moody, lantern-lit villa down an alley in Guomao is where you’ll find Haikou’s cool kids sampling fiery Chongqing-style street food (refined to yuppie standards). On the northwestern corner of Guomao Lu and...

Dumplings in Haikou

Guangfulong Wontons

This Haikou institution in Old Town does a brisk business in scalding bowls of wonton soup. A ‘small’ is plenty filling. There’s a picture menu.