The Muslim Street

The Muslim Street, is a fantastic place to wonder. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls lines the narrow alleys sell almost everything you can expect. There are a number of stalls selling small items of aircrafts. If you are good at bargaining, you can get some things at a really cheap price.

The restaurants in the streets are all Muslim ones, and variety of Muslim food and snacks can be tried here, including the locals’ favorite ones, roasted beef, roasted fish, and pancakes. Food served is diverse, complex but are very cheap.

Jiao Zi Yan (Xian Dumpling Banquet)

Whether you are travell-ing in the north or the south of China, one delicacy you are almost sure to find on the menu is the dumpling. A universal favourite, the Chinese dumpling has a long history and is an essential part of celebra-tory meals such as those prepared for the Chinese lunar Spring Festival. The dumpling can be anything from a quick snack to a delicacy with which to entertain family and friends or the basis of a veritable feast.

This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the flavours, shapes and colours will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so very popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel.

Yang Rou Pao Mo (Mutton Soup with Crumbled Soaked Bread)

Yang Rou Pao Mo is a local dish that is enjoyed throughout Shaanxi Province but is particularly popular in Xi’an City as a traditional nourishing meal. Not only do the local people enjoy it on a regular basis; it is also often appreciated by visiting celebrities. A highly seasoned mutton gravy in which bread is soaked, Yang Rou Pau Mo smells and tastes great. When the weather is cold, this dish is a sure way to warm you up! Many restaurants in Xi’an serve Yang Rou Pao Mo but among the best known is the Lao Sun Jia, established in 1898 and the Tong Sheng Xiang where they have been serving excellent food for almost a century. Both establishments can be recommended if you wish to try this special dish.

Yang Rou Pao Mo might not sound as though it could become a favorite with you but if you are seeking to experience something of the local food of the people of western China, this is well worth a try. If you want to taste it at its best, remember to come to Xi’an.

Hot Pot

Huo Guo ( Chinese : 火锅; pinyin : huoguo) is the Chinese name for “hot pot”, where huo means “fire”, while guo refers to “pot’.
It consists of a simmering pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.
Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat , leafy vegetables , mushrooms , wontons , egg dumplings , and seafood . The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce . In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter .
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