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Food And Snacks

Today, under the "Belt and Road" initiative, various unique ingredients and delicacies along with the destinations of the ancient Silk Road enrich people's appetite and enhance people's understanding and cognition of different cultures & customs. The blend of East and West has dramatically enriched people's dining tables: With peppers and Sichuan chili peppers, people can taste the spicy and delicious hot pot in winter, or have some watermelon or tomato to cool off the thirst in summer! Let's explore the culinary along the silk road.


Xi'an Food and Snacks:

Xi'an is the best place where tourists can find various dishes that reflect silk road history; natives prefer wheat over rice in staple foods. When it comes to the pastries, Yangroupaomo (a bowl of soup with mutton and bread pieces ), and Roujiamo (a kind of Chinese hamburger with juicy meat ), are the most iconic local snacks.

Yangroupaomo ( Mutton Soaked with Buns in the Soup ): Xi'an Yangroupaomo is the famous local representative snacks; its cooking method is very particular. Yangroupaomo ( a bowl of soup with mutton and bread pieces ) has a long history, which was called "mutton soup ( Yang Geng )" in ancient times. The characteristics of Yangroupaomo are that the soup and the meat are rotten, the mutton or beef is soft and not minced, and the attributes of Yangroupaomo are dense ingredients, taste, and mellow taste. Besides, the Mutton Soaked with Buns in the Soup is a kind of rare nourishing product, which can warm the stomach and endure hunger and is rich in nutrition. 

Rou Jia Mo is referred to as the "Chinese burger." This down to earth snack was originated from northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Rou Jia Mo is the abbreviation of "marinated meat in a baked bun" in ancient Chinese, Rou means meat, and mo means bread here. Jia, without doubt, says being stuffed in between. This Chinese burger is famous as it was in its hometown; the authentic method is to mince the braised meat and put it into the pancakes ( Baijimo ).


Recommended Restaurants: 

1. Laosunjia/Laobaijia Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup in Muslim Quarter

2. Zhaoji Rou Jia Mo


Gansu Food and Snacks:

Located in northwestern China, Gansu Province shares a few similarities in culinary culture with its neighboring provinces. However, the most representative ones are Lanzhou beef noodles, Tianshui bean jelly, plus Jiangshui noodles, and so on.

Lanzhou Beef Noodles are a signature dish in Gansu Province and one of the ten most famous noodle dishes in China. The soup should be crystal clear and tea-colored and should have been cooked before breakfast for four to five hours, stewing the beef with condiments. There should be sliced daikon radish to balance the oil, meat, and spices in the dish. The dish should include red chili. Preferably, sliced beef shank should be used. Serve green onions on the side, and the recipe is complete.

Jiangshui Noodle: One of Lanzhou people's favorite pasta foods in summer, Jiangshui Noodles, has snacks with this name in Shaanxi and Gansu, but the practices are quite different. Gansu's Jiangshui noodle is lighter, and its color and taste are similar to lemonade. It is especially famous for its Dunhuang Jiangshui Noodle. The upsides of taste Jiaoshui noodle: It can relieve fatigue, restores the body's vigor, and have a particular effect on hypertension, gastrointestinal diseases, and urinary diseases.


Recommended Restaurant: 

1. Mazilu Beef Noodle

2. Damo Barbecue ( Panxuan Road, 50 meters west of Legend Hotel )


Xinjiang Food and Snacks:

Xinjiang is located in the NW of China, with a vast territory, rich in cattle, sheep, wheat, etc. Therefore, the famous Xinjiang cuisine includes noodles, Saute Spicy Chicken, Naan, and Kebabs ( barbecue ). In recent years, Xinjiang food and snacks have become popular all over the country.

La Tiao Zi also called Xinjiang Ramen ( stretched noodles ); it was originated from immigrants in Gansu Hexi Corridor. The residents of the Hexi Corridor area of Gansu have eaten ramen for generations. Later, as the Hexi Corridor residents gradually migrated to Xinjiang, this pastry was progressively spread in Xinjiang. The noodles were used directly without rolling or pressing during production. Made by hand, with a variety of vegetables and beef or mutton, it is a famous pasta popular among people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang northwestern provinces.

Big Plate Chicken ( Da Pan Ji ) or Saute Spicy Chicken, is a well-known dish with delicious Xinjiang flavors. The main ingredient is chicken, cooked with peppers and potatoes. It was initially served in restaurants along Xinjiang's highways for truck drivers and soon became a popular dish.

Naan: In Xinjiang, people love to drink milk tea and eat barbecue with Naan. Baked by tandoors (a clay oven), Naan is a staple food for Uygurs; it made by some ingredients including flour, milk, salt, and sugar, but it conjures up a host of wonderful sensations. 

It comes in different sizes and shapes, typically round, with distinctive flavors. Grab a freshly-baked one, tear it off, and find it surprisingly tasty compared to its looks. The surface is slightly crispy, and the texture inside is quite soft.

Don't underestimate the power of the humble-looking bread because Xinjiang has a dry climate, and these pancakes can last for a month or two. Many travelers can't help but bring some home when their journey ends. 

Polo or Pilaf, literally translated as "hands grab rice in Chinese," is a famous staple food in many central Asian countries. If you are traveling in Xinjiang, you will find the mutton with some nutritious veggies are one of the economy and tastiest cuisine. Lamb, carrots, and onions are stewed and then steamed with rice. Raisins and apricots are scattered on the plate.

Xinjiang Kebab ( BBQ ): The red willow branches plus large lamb, accompanied by cumin and other seasonings that locals like, let the roasted meat skewers flex their teeth importantly, the large pieces of meat are crispy and crispy. Beer is the best enjoyment in summer.

It is not a perfect journey without taste the local lamb; from smoke-grilled kebabs to whole roasted lambs, meat lovers can't resist the temptation. There are quite a few kebab stalls at the night market, filling the streets with lamb-laden curls of smoke.

Small pieces of lamb are grilled on skewers over charcoal with various spices sprinkled on them to add flavors. The captivating smell draws visitors from a distance. When they have their first bite, the tender and juicy meat create a lingering taste in their mouths.


Recommended Restaurant: 

1. Xiaogazi ( Third floor, Huoyanshan Restaurant, Mingyuan, West Mingyuan, and South Youhao Road).

2. Hai'erbage (No.2 Yan'an Road ).

3. Tumalisichaba ( Opposite to Guanghui Building, 618 Xinhua South Road ).



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