An unique experience. Each customer will be given two pieces of hard bread and an empty bowl. You tear the bread into small pieces and place them into the bowl. Then you bring the bowl to the kitchen window and they will fill it up with a hot broth.
The street food here has to be some of the best I have ever tasted, and so cheap. I ate here for 2 nights and paid less than $4aus per night, and went back to the hotel stuffed both times.
Although operating during the day for food and as a market, the activity really increases in the evening
Favorite Dish: Its all so good here, but the skewers, and the stuffed Chinese rolls.
saw this restaurant on Discovery Travel (Megan) and vowed to visit it for its absolutely delicious 'melt in the mouth' mutton dumplings
Favorite Dish: surprisingly, the sweet dessert with the dried fruit and nuts was a good ending to the dumpling meal.
Anywhere and everywhere in this area- so many places, just graze your way through!
It's not all Middle Eastern- Muslim, there's definitely Chinese culinary influence... maybe more of a Middle-Eastern influence on Chinese food... Aside from that darn MSG, it's good!
And it's cheap!
The Muslim Quarters is a popular hang out for tourists and locals. If you want to try all the different foods here, you'll have to come back again and again :-D
My favorite snack is the fried persimmon cakes with different fillings (peanuts, black sesame, rose, walnut, etc.)
It is made of persimmon flour and filled with sweet filling. There are many tastes, with little difference. So you can try the most popular one ,"huang gui", added with sweet-scented osmanthus. The most famous snack bar is called Jia Yong Xin. You will not miss it, outside a small supermarket, the longest queue is a sign, though there are many other street vendors selling it.
All the local people prefer waiting for 20 minutes to buy a persimmon cake which is only cost 1 yuan. Can you understand the enthusiasm about a snack?
Favorite Dish: Persimmon cake "huang gui"
This small restaurant is famous of fried rice. Maybe you will wonder if the owner can make money by just selling fried rice. But look at so many customers, you'll know the answer. The fried rice of that restaurant has uncommon taste, because shredded beef and sour cabbage make the fried rice tasted special. It gives customers good appetites.
Favorite Dish: Sour cabbage fried rice
It differs from the other kind of Jinggao/Zenggao cake (small Jinggao/Zenggao cake) which is a small round cake and can be found every corner in Muslim Quarter. The material, shape and taste are totally different. I call it big Jinggao/Zenggao cake.
The snack bar is named "Lord of Jinggao of Southeast Asia". It is located in the cross of Ma Jia Shi Zi and Xi Yang Shi. It is on the corner, with a red banner, written "Lord of Jinggao of Southeast Asia", a funny brand.
Sorry, the pic is awful, there is too many steam above the barrel, so I couldn't take a good pic. It's the disgusting pic I have ever taken.
Favorite Dish: Jinggao/Zenggao cake (big one) is made of sticky rice, dates, red beans and honey. It's delicious, fragrant and sweet. I enjoy eating it, and I'm sure most of people like it.
It is filled in a huge steel barrel. Every minute you will see a small queue in frone of the barrel. Every day, the little snack bar sells over 1 ton of it. The seller stops working before 5PM. So, it's impossible to get it in the evening.
Give seller 3 yuan, try it, you'll not disappointed.
The street vendors set themselves up all along the main street of the Muslim quarter and mainly sell kabab type meat. You can also get a sweet pumpkin confectionary as well as an assortment of drinks. If you're after a cheap dinner, head down to the Muslim Quarter.
Favorite Dish: Meat Skewers
We had the dumplings filled with different meats and soup, brought to you in a big bamboo steamer (?). Big tables which we shared with a Chinese couple who was very nice in trying to help us communicate with the restaurant staff, who was trying to understand our very bad Chinese. You dip the dumplings in a sauce == they are filled with soup so very hot , a bit difficult to eat -- and there was also a sort of porridge, interesting. Very cheap, definitely worth a visit. There is an English menu but which doesn't have everything although I think baozi is basically what they do, with different stuffings. It seems to be fairly well known among the locals for baozi
The street food in the Muslim quarter is quite good. Sit down at any table near a barbaque. People come around and offer you foods and you say yes or no (or I guess nod if you don't speak Chinese). Or pick up an interesting looking snack of walnuts or sweet rice or a cabbage and tortilla looking thing. It is a little pricey as the area is full of tourists. If you worry about the cleanliness of street food, well the Muslims will have the cleanest in China, but maybe still not what you want.
Favorite Dish: I'm alway fond of the lamb kebabs. Beef is oaky, but for kebabs I think lamb is better. Grilled fish isn't half bad either.
If you're in the Muslim area around lunchtime you'll find it pretty difficut to miss all the street stall?restaurents that sell spicy noodles. All you have to do is point and then sit down, its absolutely declicious
Favorite Dish: Noodles and various veg and spices served steaming hot in a great big bowl, if you want to go light on the chilli you just have to say so!
Also, the cheapest way to eat!
In the quarter of the Hui you should eat something, at least in the Baozi Restaurant.
But the best breakfast I ate directly behind the Bell Tower. I don´t know the name of that place and what I ate. I just know it was a hodgepodge. And it was spicy. I have to admit, I miss this breakfast....
Food venders in the muslim quater
This is a muslim area in side of the drum tower. Wonderful local muslim food and middle-east and old CHinese combined style architechture everywere in this area. The biggest and oldest mosque in China is also located here.
Try the muslim BBQ, close ur eys to feel the bright minority's civilization.
Small World Cafe - just outside of the South City Wall
Angeller Pizza - Close to Xian' Foreing Languages University
Lao Sun Jia
Xi'an Hotel - Dumplings
Zhu Yuan Cun Hotpot - in Da Chai Shi area, downtown
Da Pan Ji - muslim food, big dish of chicken, potato and noodles best combination. ( Nan Shao Men area, at the north-west corner of the junction)
Favorite Dish: Beef BBQ
Glutinious rice cake
Mutton soup served with small pieces brand
Noodles ( Yi fen Li)
Dumplings ( Jia San Jia)
Cold noodles ( Xue Chan Li Cold noodles) - close to Nan Shao Men area, almsot opposite the old stadium
Rou Jia Mo - Pork Sanwich, traditional Xian Food, the best u can find
The mutton skewers may taste too strong for some. Beware of the hot soup in the Bao Zi, its really hot.