The Food of Xi’an – Deep in the Heart of the Muslim Quarter

Food and drink are the essence of life.   Walking through this area is a strange culinary,  visual and auditory experience.  The narrow lanes that spread deep across here include so many hidden gems.   Food stalls, tiny little mosques, hawkers in their white skullcaps, old ladies pounding on iron in bright clothes and colored scarves, men banging on nuts with giant hammers, chefs tossing and spinning handmade noodles more than a meter long, crazy trash-men plowing through the street cleaning and the strange smells of odd tobacco (or something else); this place is a wild experience.

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Strange fruit…..cofcof

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Just amazing beef sandwiches.   Oh I miss this.

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Many unique ingredients go into making this.

These things are so damn good.

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It is awesome.

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If she is happy, I am happy.

The streets are super crowded but super fun.

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Potato stew of some sort.

Hey guys, you didn’t peal the crab before you fried it.

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Hey guys, you didn’t peel the crab.
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I don’t think it is pasteurized.  Oh well.

Breads in Xi’an were just so rich and tasty.

You want a smoke?

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Handmade smokes from local guys.

Keep banging it!

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Keep banging it!

Baaaahhhhh Lamb.   Yummy!

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Lamb

Fried banana!  Yummy!

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Fried Banana

There are so many different types of Chinese food.  Hot Pot is one of my favorites!   Amazing fish. This is tomato based hot pot.  We spent about three hours eating here.  It is a huge social thing in China.

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It was so good we came back the next day to try a different flavor of soup for this unique hotpot.  On our last day we spent another three hours or so enjoying this amazing food.

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Hot and Sour Hotpot

Excellent joint.  I’m not going to tell anyone where it is because I don’t want it to blow up and become crowded.

Desert????  Yea…..   The food doesn’t end!

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Mmmmmmm
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Cotton Candy
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Cooking goes into the wee hours of the morning.

We were incredibly mesmerized by all the tastes and smells in Xi’an.   I highly recommend putting this place on your list if you have even the slightest culinary inclination.   In the next blog, we are off to the one of the Wonders of the World…….

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The Muslim Street

 

 

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