The Muslim influence in Xi’an cuisine means that local dishes are somewhat different from other parts of China. Their unique flavours are well known across the country, and Xi’an cuisine is popular among many people in different regions. Among some of the best dishes are:
羊(yáng)肉(ròu)泡(pào)馍(mó): This lamb noodle soup is in a delicious broth, filled with local flatbread, which diners crumble and add themselves.
肉(ròu)夹(jiá)馍(mó): Commonly translated as ‘Chinese hamburger’, roujiamo is a bread bun filled with shredded stewed beef or pork.
BiangBiang Noodles: These handmade noodles are flat, but thick in width and are often served with lots of hot peppers and chili oil. The name comes from the sound made when the noodles are slapped against a table to stretch them.
甑(zèng)糕(gāo): One of Xi’an’s most popular sweet treats, this is a steamed rice and jujube cake that can be seen served on sticks at street stalls all over the city.
Xi’an is a buzzing city with lots to do both during the day and at night. One of the best things about the city is how it has developed but also maintained its cultural heritage and historical relics and this becomes very apparent at night. The Bell and Drum Tower should not be missed at come sundown, when they light up to create a stunning myriad of colour. The nearby Muslim Quarter comes alive at night, when street food stalls attract huge queues and serve delicious local dishes. Head to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to see Asia’s biggest water fountain, or the Tang Dynasty Palace for an evening of cultural entertainment. If you’re looking for a more modern evening out, Xi’an won’t disappoint; there are numerous KTV’s around the city, as well as bars and clubs popular among both locals and foreigners.