As far as China's culinary traditions go, Kunming is rather famous for its rice noodles aka mixian and to a lesser extent its ersi (rice cake shreds cooked in soup), but for the vegetarian it is rather difficult to find a restaurant or noodle stand that makes these special noodles without meat or meat broth. Vegetarians - and vegans - do have one tasty option: the vegetarian restaurant across from Yuantong Temple.
Yuquanzhai (玉泉斋), located at 88 Yuantong Lu and known among Kunming's international population as 'Buddha Noodle', is a quality, no-frills noodle shop. The walls are covered with sheet metal and the chairs a bit uncomfortable, but Buddha Noodle makes a tasty bowl of mixian, ersi or regular wheat flour noodles - and that's it.
88 Yuantong Lu