How to eat your way through the Xi’an Muslim Quarter in China

 

China is huge, so regional variations in cuisine are not only to be expected, but also delighted in. While Xian is more popularly known for the Terracotta Warriors, its Muslim Quarter dedicated to street food is a wonder in itself. There’s too much here to cover in one post, so I’ll just include visual snippets from our visit (such as the giant flower shaped candy floss pictured above). At night the Bell Tower and Drum Tower light up, there are people EVERYWHERE, and yet it is still the food that continues to be the star of the show. The greatest challenge for any visitor is deciding on which gastronomic delights to indulge in- there really are too many.    

 

We were there smack right in the middle of summer and these refreshing local yogurt drinks in lovely glass jars were just the right pick me up we needed after a long day of sightseeing

 

 

Everywhere we looked were towers of these wonderfully crafted bread

 

My dad and I were quite mystified when we first came across these. They looked like cakes, perhaps flavored with pumpkin because of the color, but on tasting them we realized they were steamed sticky rice deserts topped with a lightly sweetened syrup

After reading about it in a blog, this was something I was really looking forward to. It is a noodles in a very light broth topped with roast lamb and hand torn bread. Never had anything quite like it before and absolutely loved it.

 

Perhaps the most theatrical of all on display, this candy maker stretching a ball of sugary goodness and molding it into shape is worth stopping for

 

 

There were of course, a lot more things to eat. Unfortunately, I was too busy eating them to take pictures 🙁

 

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