Top 5 Restaurants To Visit During Your Xi’an Muslim Tour

Known as “Eternal Peace”, the extraordinary city of Xi’an, is the capital of Shaanxi province. This spectacular metropolis has a rich history spanning over 3,000 years. Xi’an is an excellent example of the tremendous historical significance that China has played in the world stage. In addition, it is renowned for its delectable variety of food, being the largest city in northwest China. One of the best places to experience all the delicious, unique cuisine in Xi’an is the Muslim Quarter (also known as Muslim Street), which is famous for the vast array of restaurants and street vendors. Here are the top 5 restaurants to visit during your Xi’an Muslim tour.

Xi’an Hotel Restaurant

Located inside the polished Xi’an Hotel (298 East St, Zhong Lou Shang Quan, Beilin Quarter) is the legendary restaurant, which is a definite must-see when on your Xi’an Muslim tour. Founded in 1929, this iconic restaurant (which is known locally as Xi’an Fan Zhuang) serves authentic Shaanxi cuisine. In addition, it also offers a vast array of Muslim-influenced Shaanxi cuisine.

This restaurant is beloved by locals and visitors alike who want to experience authentic Shaanxi food. Moreover, they also specialize in unique takes on Shaanxi street food and snacks. The restaurant has been much lauded for its cuisine and has won numerous international awards for its various dishes. A stop here is a must, during any visit the spectacular city of Xi’an.

De Fa Chang Restaurant

First opened in 1936, De Fa Chang (28 Pingan Market, Bell Tower Square) is one of the most famous restaurants in the city, and a top choice during your Muslim tour of Xi’an. With over 300 varieties of tasty dumplings, this restaurant is renowned for its incredible dumpling banquet. These delicious bite-sized snacks have a variety of fillings including all manner of meat and seafood, but also vegetables and even fruit. Some of the must-try dumplings on offer at this establishment include pan-fried guotie, har kao, and shao lung bao.

Lao BaiJia PaoMo Guan

Located at Bei Lin District Bei YuanMen 67, this is restaurant is definitely a go-to-restaurant during your Xi’an Muslim tour. Located in the heart of the city’s famed Muslim Street (which is actually a collection of streets and alleys in the Muslim Quarter) this establishment will appeal to any taste. The restaurant is a popular local hotspot, which is certainly worth a try when touring the city.

One of its most popular dishes is the steamed beef sandwich, which is a soft bun stuffed with delicious minced beef. Some other delicious selections to try at this restaurant are the cumin-spiced bread and lamb, which is braised on a willow stick.

Lao Lijia Biangbiang Mian

Biangbiang noodles are a popular type of noodle, which is a staple in Shaanxi province. They are a must-try when on your Xi’an Muslim tour. This restaurant, located at 99 Beiyuanmen, Beilin District, is famous for these curious and delicious thick noodles.

Biangbiang noodles are hand-pulled and resemble a ribbon or belt, what for their length and width. They are often served with hot chili, combined with various meats and vegetables. A favorite dish at this restaurant is the Biangbiang noodles served with chili, bok choy, garlic, and vinegar.

The Tang Dynasty

Established in 1988, this is an iconic restaurant in the city, and a must-see during your Xi’an Muslim tour. The Tang Dynasty (75 Changan Road, Yunnan) is cultural entertainment restaurant, providing theatrical performances in the ancient Tang dynasty-style with the buffet dinner experience. With an auditorium that is 2,700 square meters and seats 650 guests, the restaurant partnered with the Shaanxi Provincial Song & Dance Troupe to stage the wildly successful “Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show”.

Located within the complex, is an additional Cantonese restaurant that is a favorite amongst locals and travelers alike. The restaurant offers a finer selection of Tang imperial cuisine if one isn’t in the mood for the buffet-style fair. Many visitors enjoy their meal here, before attending the theatrical performance, which commences at 8:30 pm each evening.

The performance presented at the restaurant is a recreation of traditional entertainment provided at the imperial court during the Tang dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD). The Shaanxi Provincial Song & Dance Troupe based the show upon actual historical records and relics, in an attempt to present an authentic performance. This highly acclaimed restaurant is definitely a must-see when visiting the spectacular Xi’an.

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