Trip report: Xi'an and GuangZhou
I took a trip up to Xi'an and Guangzhou during Easter. A friend from Xi'an kindly asked her cousin to give me a tour of the city. Thanks to her I was able to get into the famous ShangXi History museum (free entrance, which means an impossibly looooong line). Another friend of hers turned out to be a Chinese muslim with 500 yrs roots in Xi'an so they took me to a few Chinese muslim restaurants as well.
The Muslim district in Xi'an is the center for tourist actions right behind the drum tower. We went to the Grand Mosque (~1000 yrs) and then Mr Jia III's Soup Dumpling (GuanTang Baozi) on the tourist main throughfare. The soup dumpling were pretty good but what's really wonderful was the sweet 8 treasure congee. This place reminds me of those state-owned establishments so expectation for service from the waitstaff should be minimal.
Then I took the food pilgrim around the area the next few days- Muslim side: Lamb soup soaked Mo, Mr Fan's Rou Jia Mo (Chinese burger) on the non-muslim side of the drum tower, and some random noodle places in the neighborhood.
Guangzhou was only a stop over for a day on the way back to SG. I only went to Guangzhou Restaurant - my parent had fond memories of the place decades ago. The place looked promising - many retirement-age ladies gathering with family and friends. And the food didn't disappoint. I had olive conch soup and cumin grilled neck muscles. The other items on the menue looked nice too. Will head back to try more when opportunities arise.
Jia III's Soup Dumpling 贾三灌汤包子馆: 回民街北院门93号 029-87257507
(Beef or Lamb soup dumpling + 8 treasure congee. No need to order anything else)
There are a few vendors for lamb soup on 大皮院 Big Skin Court a block north
Mr Fan's Rou Jia Mo 樊记腊汁肉店: 竹笆市街53号 029-87273917
(Fermented drink + The chinese burger)
There is a Liang Pi place right across the street from Mr Fan's and there is a little food court right next in the residential complex with nice layered onion cakes, noodles and pastries
Guangzhou restaurant: No.2, Wenchang Rd., 020-81888388
First floor garden bistro type ( I posted the menu) and the higher floor is for banquets
Ha, I found a reference here: http://www.china.org.cn/english/trave...
re: Ting Ting
don't think so...
(sg san gabriel?)
lintong fire crystal persimmons-
and picture of the cakes at
chinese story on cakes at
google will translate the page.
a very good page with links to lots ofinfo in english on xi'an food and snacks
Interesting! I did see some reddish cakes being made and sold. I think I even bought one and took a bite. I do read Chinese and the story was a bit folksy. There were some theory on how the character Biang for the biang biang noodle didn't exist in written text and was created solely as a marketing ploy.
I was really intrigued by how much Xi'An tourism was centered on the muslim district though, considering that they are less than 1% of the population and mostly decedents of the 50k-ish survived the 1860s bloodshed. I had no idea about this part of history before my visit to the city.