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The ancient Silk Road opened the main artery of the ancient international economy, prospered the economic and trade exchanges between the East and the West, and had a far-reaching impact on the pattern of ancient China and even the world economy. On this world wide commercial road, Chinese silks, porcelains, cuisines, teas and other commodities are influenced or transported to the West, while Western Jewelry and gold are transported back to China. Eastern and Western commodities can be exchanged on this 7,000-kilometer old road, and the eastern and Western civilizations can be integrated.
In addition, it is not only an economic and trade route linking between Central Plains and Western countries, but also a prosperous town because of this trade route. For the merchants and the residents living in the towns, the trade changes their daily life in another ways, such as gourmet food and life styles.

Xi’an, the starting point of the ancient silk road, and it is also the cradle of Chinese civilization. Speaking of Xi’an food, we are quite familiar with Roujiamo, Liangpi, Yangrou Paomo, Qishan minced noodles, and dumplings banquet to name just a few.
Roujiamo(Marinated meat in baked bun), is a kind of street food, originated from Shaanxi Province and now is widely consumed all over the China. We usually use beef or pork (seasoned with cumin and pepper), it is considered as the Chinese hamburger and meat sandwiches. Actually, Roujiamo could be the world's oldest sandwich or hamburger.
Yangrou Paomo(Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb soup) is a specialty of Shaanxi cuisine and is a typical food eaten in the city of Xi'an. It is a hot stew of chopped-up steamed leavened bread (known regionally as mo), cooked in lamb broth and served with lamb meat, sometimes substituted with beef.
Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb soup is made of lamb soup and a great amount of flat bread. When making this dish, the cook breaks the bread into small pieces and adds them to the lamb soup and is always eaten with pickled garlic and chili sauce.
Jinggao(Mirror cake): Shaanxi's traditional snack is made by glutinous rice and is shaped like a round mirror. In the Qing Dynasty, there was a poem: "The willow shade leaves a long day, and the burden of the mirror cake is also fragrant." Before entering Huimin Street, you will see many small cars selling mirror cakes under the Drum Tower, they put the Mirror cakes in a very small drawers, and it has some seasonings, when they want to eat, they would dipped cakes in sesame seeds and sugar, which is quite tasty.
Zeng Gao(Cake caldron):It is also known as Shuijing Longfeng Gao(Crystal dragon and Phoenix cake) with glutinous rice, red dates as raw materials, and it is a traditional breakfast in Guanzhong area.

Gansu is an important passageway of the ancient Silk Road, it has been a place for cultural exchange and integration between China and the West, since ancient times. Therefore, Gansu's delicacies have also shown the characteristics of combining the Central Plains with the Western Regions.
Lanzhou clear soup beef noodles commonly known as "beef noodles", it is the most famous flavor snack and the most distinctive popular economic snack and the most distinctive popular economic snack, it is regarded as Lanzhou’s McDonald's by the local people.The beef noodle is famous for its well-stewed beef, tasty soup and its fine quality. a bowl of noodles can be made in less than two minutes, then poured beef noodle soup, white radish slices, mixed with red chili oil, green garlic seedlings, coriander, and it just tastes amazing.

There are many delicacies in Qinghai, among which the beef and mutton in Qinghai are famous for their delicious and tender taste, and other special delicacies such as Qinghai yoghurt, Niangpi and sweet grains.
Hand grabbed mutton is a traditional food favored by Mongolian, Tibetan, Hui and Uygur nationalities in Northwest of China. Hand grabbed mutton has a history of nearly a thousand years, it was originally named for grabbing food by hand, as the name implies, mutton needs to be eaten by grasping, tearing, or cutting mutton with Tibetan knife. Although with the development of the times, this eating method has been no longer used, but the name still prevails today.
(Yang Chang Mian)Lamb intestines noodle is a common snack in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. It is made of sheep sausage and served with hot soup noodles, the method is to wash the large and small intestinal tubes of sheep without peeling off the intestinal wall oil, put in pasty soybean flour with onion, ginger, pepper and salt as adjuvants, and put cooked radish dice, onion and garlic diced soup mixed with soup.
Ga dough sheet is the most common and distinctive family meal among pasta in Qinghai. The method of making "noodles" is very simple, after pinching cold water and good noodles and stretching them into strips, they are turned into noodles of the size of "nail cap", which are called "nail noodles" in the pot, and then they are put into the pot to fish, pour mutton broth, and add mutton diced, tomatoes and green radish. Slices become "tomato and mutton noodles"; and beef, mutton slices, tofu, noodles, vegetables mixed into "stewed noodles"; and beef, mutton, fans, vegetables mixed into "fried noodles", a wide variety of flavors. 
Niangpi is soft and lubricating, hot and sour, refreshing and appetizing, it is a traditional specialty food popular in Northwest China.

As an significant part of the silk road, Xinjiang has been the center of trade and cultural exchange between China and foreign countries since ancient times. And there are many kinds of delicacies in Xinjiang under the great integration of ethnic groups.
the Braised Chicken with Potato and Green Pepper, which is one of the most famous dishes in Xinjiang, it has a perfect combination of colour, aroma taste and appearance plus vegetarian staple food. Many natives and tourists are also like this dish very much.
Polo, A dish found throughout Central Asia. In a common version of the Uyghur polu, carrots and mutton or chicken are first fried in oil with onion, then rice and water are added, and the whole dish is steamed. Raisins and dried apricots may also be added.
Sangza (Sanzi) are crispy fried wheat flour dough twists, there is a habit of eating Sanzi in Northwest China. Generally, at the end of December, entertain guests during the Spring Festival and eat it before dinner, The people of Hui and Uyghur minorities always use Sanzi as the main food to entertain their guests in the traditional Corban Festival, the Eid Festival and the weddings and funeral events.
Baked buns, Uyghur people call it ‘Samsa’, it baked in the Naan pit, as the favorite food of Uygur compatriots, restaurants and food stalls in Bazaar are selling this kind of food, which is as popular as Beijing meat burgers and Tianjin Goubuli steamed buns, and is welcomed by customers and tourists in Xinjiang.
Pan grilled lamb pies, Pamirdin are baked pies with lamb, carrots, and onions stuffed inside. Shorpa is lamb soup, other dishes include Toghach (a type of tandoor bread) and Tunurkawab.

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