Guyanese Chinese Food: Comforting and Delicious

The Guyanese Chinese food is a perfect blend of Guyanese and Chinese cultures. Guyanese cuisine, which is the national dish of Guyana,

is an integral part of Guyanese culture. This post will discuss Guyanese Chinese Food and how it became such a big part of Guayanian life.

What is Guyanese Chinese food?

Guyanese cuisine is a fusion of many different cultures and traditions; as such, it has a wide variety of foods. One such food is Guyanese Chinese Food which can be found throughout Guyana.

The main difference between the two cuisines is that traditional Chinese food uses soy sauce while Guyanese Chinese food does not. I hope this post helps you learn more about Guyanese culture and how it relates to its cuisine!

Guyanese Chinese Food

“Guyanese Chinese food is a delicious blend of the two cultures. Today’s dish I will be talking about is called “Ponyo,” which translates to “puffed pastry.”

It’s sometimes also known as “Chinese Pastry.” This dish can be found in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Jamaica, and other Caribbean countries. They are usually eaten for breakfast or lunch.”

How to make Guyanese Chinese food

There are several variations to the food that is common in Guyana. We have taken a look at one particular variation, Chinese Guyanese Food.

In Guyana, Chinese Guyanese Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups. You should know some things about this group of people and their cuisine before attempting to prepare it.


  • Chicken
  • Fresh Ginger 2″ piece, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Onion, large, roughly chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices on the diagonal
  • 1 tbsp Grated Turnip or Daikon Radish
  • Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
  • Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, very thinly sliced


1. Wash the chicken and pat dry with paper towels; cut into 2-inch chunks

2. Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

3. Heat a deep fryer or frying pan with about 1/2 an inch of oil (canola, vegetable, or peanut). We used our deep fryer, and it got to about 350F.

4. While the oil is heating, add the 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour in a small bowl and roll pieces of chicken through it until lightly coated (shake off excess flour).

5. Once the oil is hot, fry the chicken pieces until cooked through (about 8 minutes) and place them on paper towels to drain.

6. Add 1 cup of water, chicken stock cube, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon until thickened (about 5 minutes).

7. Turn the heat down to medium, stir in the grated turnip or daikon radish and carrots, cover and cook for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent burning.

8. Stir in the chicken pieces and simmer for another 5 minutes or until carrots are soft but not mushy.

9. Turn off heat and add 1 tbsp of oil to the pot, stir well and serve over rice (can be either white or brown).

This dish traditionally goes well with several dishes such as Chin Chow, fried rice, and dumplings. In Guyanese cuisine, no talk does not go well with rice, making it great to eat the foods from this culture.

Recipes for Guyanese Chinese Food

If you’re looking for a new dish to try, look no further.  I have compiled a list of some Guyanese Chinese food recipes that are sure to leave your taste buds satisfied. 

Here is the list-

Interesting facts about the cuisine of Guyana and China

Guyana is a South American nation on the northeastern coast of Venezuela. It has a population of 752,000 and an estimated GDP per capita of $4,900 (PPP).

One might not think that Guyana would be home to one of the most exciting cuisines in the world- with influences from Creole, Indian and African cultures. 

 On top of this rich history, Chinese settlers have also contributed their own flavorings to the cuisine! This blog post will explore some interesting facts about what Guyanese’s eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  But first, check out how they drink it!

The history of Guyanese Chinese food

Guyana is a small country in the northern part of South America, about twice the size of New Jersey. Britain originally colonized it, and it started importing indentured servants from China in 1838.

Most of these Chinese immigrants were men who came to work on sugar plantations, but they also brought their wives and families with them when they could afford to.

As time went on, more Chinese people immigrated to Guyana because laborers were demanding, especially after slavery ended in 1834.

Most Guyanese Chinese are Cantonese-speaking people whose ancestors came from Guangdong Province in southern China; however, many also speak Hakka or other dialects native to mainland China or Taiwan.

Dishes made from Guyanese Chinese Food

Ponyo Drink is a Guyanese Chinese dish made of boiled yam, sugar, coconut milk, and water. It’s served chilled with ice cubes.

This drink is typically served as an accompaniment to the rice dishes like fried dumplings or noodles.

The traditional way of making this drink starts by boiling peeled cassava roots in salted water until fork-tender, adding brown sugar syrup, and grating fresh coconut meat before serving it cold over crushed ice. The result creates a rich-sweet flavor profile that can be enjoyed any time of day!


If you want to try something new and different, I can’t think of a better place than this Guyanese-Chinese fusion restaurant.

This is the kind of food that will entice your taste buds with its spicy sauces and flavors from all around the world!

And it’s not just good for dinner – they also offer lunch specials that are worth checking out too. You won’t regret giving them a shot, so make sure to give them a call today!

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