"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Noodles and Dumplings in Xi’an

I had some really nice noodles during my stay at Xi’an in June. This post is to share some of the types of noodles I had.

刀削面

This noodles does not come with any meat or vegetables. The essence to this noodles is the fragrant oil and chilli that you add to it. Stir them up well and they are very yummy. I totally fell in love with its texture. It is not “flour-y”. They were very chewy, thin and slippery. I added lotsa chilli to it. Finished a big bowl of it very quickly. Unfortunately, I did not take down the address of this lovely noodles.

拉面

This is the familiar “la-mian” that we usually eat. The chef does the “pulling” of the noodles on the spot, then drop them into the boiling water and cook for you instantly. You can choose to top it up with its braised beef broth or have it dry. Top up with chopped spring onions and cilantro. Woohoo!! The details of this place:

Restaurant: The Theatre Restaurant 剧院餐厅
Address: 75, Changan Road, Xi’an Shaanxi, People’s Republic of China (Inside Xi’an Hotel)
中国陕西省西安市长安路75号 邮编:710061 (西安宾馆)
Tel: 86 29 8782 2222
Email: postmaster@xiantangdynasty.com
Website: http://www.xiantangdynasty.com

Another feast that I had was dumplings feast, 饺子宴. Though I had eaten it in Beijing, but you can’t miss this staple food of Xi’an.

This is not really a very fancy one. Neither was it really tasty. If you search online, you will find many delicate dumplings of different designs, colours and method of cooking. The ones I had here were normal – chives, pork, pumpkin, duck, chicken, prawns, walnut and red bean paste. If I didn’t remember wrongly, the whole course consisted of 18 different types of dumplings, ending with a last one – mini dumpling soup:

In this finale mini dumpling soup (Empress Cixi hotpot), you have to use the ladle and scoop up the mini dumplings, but just one time. The number of mini dumplings that you scooped up has certain significance.

One – pleasant trip 一帆风顺
Two – double happiness 好事成双,双喜临门
Three – promotion in near future 吉祥如意, 步步高升
Four – wealthy throughout the year 四季发财,财源广进
Five – reap a harvest and be successful in the year 五谷丰登,事业有成
Six – everything will be well-off 六六大顺
Seven – lucky and be blessed 七星高照
Eight – make a fortune 恭喜发财
Nine – everlasting love 天长地久
Ten –  perfection in everything in your life 十全十美

Zero – nothing to worry about 无忧无虑

I got two! HAHA!

Restaurant: Hantang Era 汉唐天下 (陕西汉唐天下茶饮有限公司)
Address: 陕西省西安市雁塔区经七路副18号C-03栋 邮编:710061
Tel: 029 8235 7660 / 61

Read up on some other Xi’an foods: http://www.chinaodysseytours.com/shaanxi/xian-meals.html

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