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Mutton & Bread (Yang Rou Pao Mo)

Some say there are two things that you absolutely must do in visiting Xian: visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses taste Mutton & Bread (Yang Rou Pao Mo), a type of mutton stew.

When you order this dish, you will first be served one or two pieces of hard flat bread. Do not try to eat this directly. You might not be able even if you try to bite in. You are supposed to break the bread into tiny chunks, the smaller the better, In the bowl provided. The waiter or the waitress will then return your bowl to the cook who mixes the bread and mutton soup together. This steaming hot meal is then returned to you with condiments like pickled garlic, coriander, and chili sauce. You can mix these into the stew as you like. (The most famous, the Tong Sheng Xiang (Prosperity and Fortune) Beef and Lamb Paomo Restaurant done in Tang Dynasty style, is a time-honored establishment in the Xian Bell and Drum Tower Square.)

Dumpling Banquet
Next to Tong Sheng Xiang is a great restaurant, De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant, with its own version of the Dumpling Banquet. Ingredients for the dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. Many flavors, including salty, sweet, hot, and sour are offered. Other house specialties include Peking dumplings, steamed sweet bean paste buns, steamed shrimp paste buns, and various uniquely spiced dishes. While guests sample various delicacies, traditionally waiters will explain the cuisine culture of each dumpling.

Guan Tang Baozi
One of Xian´s most famous specialties is the Guan Tang Baozi (steamed buns served with sauces inside) served at Jia Brothers´ Restaurant in Muslim Snack Street. You´ll know you´re there when you see the monstrous blue arch over the entrance and a wall festooned with photographs of Xian notables - TV hosts, writers, and musicians. The specialty dish is Guan Tang Bao Zi, with a choice of beef, lamb or ´three flavors´ - lamb, mushroom, and prawns. The buns have piping-hot soup inside, so caution is advised. This dish is best washed down with Ba Bao Xi Fan, a bowl of sweet rice porridge filled with peanuts, sultanas, hawthorn, and medlar berries.

Rou Jia Mo
Fanji is the famous vendor of Shaanxi´s most widely consumed snack, Rou Jia Mo, finely chopped pork stuffed in toasted wheat flour flat bread. A piece of good-quality (youzhi) bread and a bowl of mung bean flour soup will cost you no more than 10 Yuan. The state-run atmosphere is quaint and friendly, and the numerous awards that decorate the walls are well deserved. The restaurant is in a lane opposite the Drum Tower, south of West Main Street.

Sand bun
Sand bun is a unique snack in Shanxi. With long history, it is called as the fossil of Chinese cruise. It tastes delicious and can be maintain for a long time. So it is very convenient for visitors to take-away. Unfortunately, nowadays there is few Sand Bun offered in China. If you are luck enough, you can come across with someone who sells it. By the way, it is very cheap and economical.

Puji Roast Chicken
Puji Roast Chicken is one of the famous traditional dishes in Shaanxi. This roast chicken is very popular for its fantastic flavor and excellent tasty. With more than 60 years history, it is cooked in a very strict way. The chicken should be fledgling and under 1.5kg. After cleaning, it should be steamed, then deep-fried and plaster with honey and more than 20 other steps. Through all the cooking, more than 10 kinds of medicinal herbs are used. It makes the chicken special and healthy.
If you would like to taste all the local food at one time in a budget meal, Xian Restaurant (Xian Fan Zhuang) offers more than 100 varieties in its first-floor self-service restaurant. It charges only CNY18 per person, and is very popular with visitors

Defachang Restaurant
The restaurant established in 1936 has a history of 70 years in providing fine dumplings. The stuffed dumpling originated in Beijing. The dumpling is made from a fine, thin pastry stuffed full with different fillings. The dumpling banquet has many fillings including chicken, duck, fish, shrimp and many more. It can be steamed, boiled, or fried. There are many ways to make the dumpling provide the chiefs with a great scope to use their imagination. The dumpling has many different tastes and looks.
Add: Bell&Drum Tower Square
Tel: 86-29-87214060
May-First Hotel
Chang´an Chinese style Snacks with May First steamed Bun as the head combine in all delicious snacks, Chang´an Chinese Style Snacks has won great popularity because of its prompt selling style.
Steamed bun series like stuffed with shrimps, sweetened bean paste, lotus sauce, Chinese sauerkraut, mushroom, chicken and shellfish are beautiful in shape and delicious in taste. The bubble oil cake, being given the title of "Chinese Famous Snack" by Chinese Domestic Trade Ministry, is like a bubble.
Fried cakes with meat in cured sauce are a unique talent in Shaxi snacks, known as Chinese Hamburg. The meat in cured sauce is full of rich fragrance. Oiled crisp cake in thousands of layers, with distinct layer and non-greasiness, win the reputation of "First Cake in West Qin".
Rice noodle is a popular food throughout the year. Fried tenacious noodles fried rice noodles, steamed bread of corn, corn cake, tens of vegetables cooked in earthenware pot, fried chicken leg, and fried chicken wing are offered for your free choosing.
Having high quality, varieties, low price, convenient, clean and prompt service, all guests including the rich and the poor will stop to enjoy the food.
Chang´an Style Snack makes serving people, devoting to the society, developing Chinese Style Snack as its own responsibility. Sincerely hope to get your care and support.
Add: NO.351 Dongda Street,Xian
Tel: 86-29-87681098

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