Get a true taste of local Hainanese flavor at Diyi Shichang (First Market) wet market, where locals buy still-swimming fish, clams, cockles, and Hele crab. Choose your just-reeled-in prize from one of the fishmongers, and bring it to the experts at MeiJie ChuanWei Seafood JiaGong. It’s the area’s best seafood restaurant and they will cook your catch for you on the spot. Several preparations are offered, but go for the spice: they specialize in bold Sichuan flavors. Hungry for more? Snack on a bowl of Baoluo noodles—a hot and sour rice noodle dish found only on Hainan Island. Thick spaghetti-shaped rice noodles are served in a broth of sea whelks and pork bones, topped with peanuts, chili paste, cilantro, and tangy pickled cabbage. Cleanse your palate with sweet Qingbuliang , a cooling Southern Chinese dessert soup with mung beans and coconut milk —the Hainan version has a quail egg dropped into it as well.
Take a taxi 50 minutes westward toward Sanya City to Diyi Shichang.
DIYI SHICHANG: 155 Xinjian Street, Sanya
MEIJIE CHUANWEI SEAFOOD JIAGONG: 119 XinMin Street; 15091915285