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Taste of Xi'an

08-25-2010 12:22 BJT

Xi'an was once the capital of thirteen dynasties. Walking here on streets and alleys, you might even trip on a brick from Qin Dynasty, 2000 years ago.

Sweet, acidic, salty, spicy and delicate make the main flavors of Xi'an's food.
Sweet, acidic, salty, spicy and delicate make the main
flavors of Xi'an's food.(Cfp photo)

Lots of people come to Xi'an to see the Terra-cotta Warriors, the Wild Goose Pagoda, the Huaqing Spring and other places of interest where you explore Xi'An's rich history, yet quite a few travelers are also attracted to the local food.

Sweet, acidic, salty, spicy and delicate make the main flavors of Xi'an's food. The most popular dishes include Yang Rou Pao Mo ( mutton soup with Chinese style bread in it), La Zhi Rou Jia Mo (two pieces of a toasted bun with juicy bacon in the middle), Sao Zi Noodle, Guan Tang Bao (steamed bun with juicy stuffing and gravy ) and Guo Kui (a toasted pancake; big, thick and dry).

A restaurant named Lao Sun's was founded during the Qing Dynasty, 1898. The meat soup dishes at this restaurant are especially famous for their smooth and thick taste, soft meat, and hefty portions.

La Zhi Rou Jia Mo (two pieces of a toasted bun with juicy bacon in the middle)
La Zhi Rou Jia Mo (two pieces of a toasted bun with juicy bacon in the middle)

No tour in Xi'an would be complete without a visit to the Xi'an Snack Street, if you enjoy eating.

Small but traditional snack restaurants crowd the alley and every cook seems to have his or her own special family ingredient. Choosing between all those inviting snacks is always difficult.

In a city with a history as long as Xi'an's, you have to learn to slow down and savor every part of its culture.


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