Xi'an Dining

Shanghai has an excellent diversity of food, with Chinese food as well as a wide range of foreign cuisine including Italian, Indian, Japanese and European. Unlike other Chinese food, most of Shanghai's cooking is done with added ginger, sugar and Shaoxing wine, but without heavy spicing. Shanghai has some interesting exotic seafood dishes, such as eels, crab and fish. In season - between October and December - you may get the chance to try Dazha crab, the most expensive food in Shanghai. Inexpensive snack food, like the Xiaolongbao (a local dumpling specialty) is easily available in almost any part of the city at any time of night or day. Below are other Shanghai delicacies as well as a directory of some of Shanghai's restaurants.

Xi'an Specialty Dishes

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Visitors to Xian must do two things: one is to see the clay figures of terra cotta warriors and horses. The other is to taste Yang Rou Pao Mo. Yang Rou Pao mo is a tasty Xi'an specialty that consists of a mutton soup served with wheat flour flat bread. The hard bread is broken up and added to the soup. This Xi'an specialty can be found at several restaurants that have become famous for their delicious Yang Rou Pao Mo, as well as several small "mom and pop" restaurants throughout Xi'an.

Tong Sheng Xiang Beef and Lamb Paomo Restaurant
Address: Zhong Gu Lou Plaza, Xian
Tel: (8629) 8721-7521

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Steamed buns served with sauces inside. The bun's wrapper is thicker than most dumplings, but is thinner than other steamed buns. With over ten types of seasoning, they are really delicious.

Jia Brothers' Restaurant in Muslim Snack Street
Address: Bei Yuan Men (135 meters/150 yard north of Drum Tower, on the east side)
Opening hours: 7:30 am - midnight

A bowl of sweet rice porridge filled with peanuts, sultanas, hawthorn, and meddler berries. This is also available in Jie Brothers Muslim Quarter.

Jia Brothers' Restaurant in Muslim Snack Street
Address: Bei Yuan Men (135 meters/150 yard north of Drum Tower, on the east side)
Opening hours: 7:30 am - midnight

Learn to Speak Mandarin ChineseRoujiamo

Finely chopped pork stuffed in toasted wheat flour flat bread. A piece of good-quality Roujiamo and a bowl of mung bean flour soup will cost you no more than RMB10.

Address: Dongda Jie, Xian
Tel: (8629) 8725-1166
Opening hours: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm 9:00 pm

Guokui (Helmet Cake)

Guokui is a kind of pancake and looks like a pan cover. The dough used to make Guokui must be prepared in a limited amount of water and then kneaded repeatedly with a thick wooden stick. Guokui, can be stored for a very long time because it contains very little water content. It is a favorite take-away food among rural people in central Shaanxi Province.

Fine Dried Noodles

This is another local specialty in Qianxian County, Xi'an. The wheat grown in the fields previously under cloverleaf is the first choice out of many in making fine dried noodles, since the flour tastes tough, smooth and delicious. This local specialty is well received far and wide in Shaanxi.

Yong Ming Qishan Noodles Restaurant
Nanguan Branch: 12 Nanguan Zheng Jie, Xi'an
Gaoxin Branch: 128 Youyi Xi Lu, Xi'an
Changle Branch: 262 Changle Xi Lu, Xi'an

Xi'an Street Snacks

Street food (mostly sold after sunset or some near night clubs and bars after 11:00 pm) presents a variety of local and regional dishes, ranging from noodle soups, dumplings and hot pot. The must try street foods include:

Shizibing - Fried persimmon cake
Chaoliangfen - Stir-fried bean jelly
Fenzhengrou - Chopped mutton fried in a wok with fine-ground wheat
Another location offering fascinating local food is Local Snacks Street(Moslem Street) near Drum Tower in Muslim Square. On the two sides of the 500 meter street, there are many restaurants of different cuisines along with unique snack shops. While enjoying true Muslim cuisine, people can also learn customs of the Hui people.

Xi'an Restaurants

Wenhao Zaliang Shifu Lao Dian

This is one of the more affordable and healthy theater and banquet restaurants in Xi'an. You won't leave with a grumbling stomach after you polish off up to eight appetizers, eight main courses, and 20 snacks. There are three different banquets available, and if you book in advance, you may be able to get a table close to the shadow puppet show, which is held every night on the third floor. Worth looking out for their delicious steamed corn buns (Wotou) and nutty sweet-potato pancakes (Shan Nan Xiang Yu Bing).

Address: No. 2 Jianshe Lu (From Lu Jia Cun, walk south 54 meters and turn right into Jianshe Lu)
Opening hours: 9:30 am-11:00 pm

De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant

De Fa Chang has its own version of the Banquet mentioned above. Ingredients for their 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.

Address: Zhonglou Guangchang, Xi'an
Tel: (8629) 8721-4060
Opening hours: 7:00 am 9:00 pm

Jiefang Lu Chinese Dumpling Restaurant
This is one of the more famous Xian dumpling restaurants in town.

Address: Jiefang Road, Xian
Tel: (8629) 8728-8305
Opening hours: 11:00 am 9:00 pm

Fanji Lazhi Roudian
This is one of the most popular vendors of Shanxi's most widely consumed snack -- Roujiamo.

Address: 46 Zhubashi Jie, Xi'an
(From Gu Lou, the shop 45 meters / 150 feet south of Xi Dajie on the road's east side)
Opening hours: 7:00 am 9:00 pm

Xian Restaurant (Xian Fan Zhuang)
If you would like to taste the entire local cuisine at one time in a budget meal, this place offers more than 100 varieties in its first-floor self-service restaurant. It charges only RMB 18 per person, and is very popular with visitors.

Address: No.298 Dong Da Street, Xi'an

Muslim Restaurants

Xian LaoSun Jia Restaurant
Address: Dongguan Main Street, Xian
Tel: (8629) 8248-2993
Opening hours: 11:30 am -2:00 pmㄛ5:00 pm 9:00 pm

Western Restaurants

Highfly Pizza (Gaofei Bisa)
Highfly features pizza (the four-cheese and pepperoni pizzas are superb), real oven-baked penne, tuna sandwiches, chocolate brownies and even Texas stew. There are vegetarian options, the kitchen is spotless, and the entire restaurant is nonsmoking.

Address: Heping Men Wai Shengli Fandian
Tel: (8629) 8785-5333
Opening hours: 9:00 am 11:00 pm

NOTE: Although this information is correct at the time of our web publication, it is still advised that you call the phone number and confirm the address before going to the venue because some venues may have changed their telephone numbers or address locations.