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Xi'an street food
Xi'an street food

(VIDEO) The Best Xi’an Street Food


Hands down, my favorite part about visiting Xi’an was trying all kinds of new, delicious foods. Watch this special eight-minute video to see some of the street foods that I sampled during my recent trip to Shaanxi’s capital.

For Xi’an, the old Silk Road trade route opened the doors to the culinary influence of other cultures, particularly Muslim culture, which is especially evident in the Muslim Quarter in the center of Xi’an. This marketplace contains some of the most tasty, unique and interesting street foods in Xi’an, so let’s take a tour of this area and sample some of the most iconic street foods of this region.

Xi'an street food

Shaanxi sandwich 牛肉夹馍 (Niúròu jiā mó) – 8 RMB

The first street food that I eat in this video is Nui Rou Jia Mo (beef sandwich). Due to its origins in the Shaanxi Province, it’s often called the “Shaanxi Sandwich.”

Xi'an street food

Mutton soup with bread 泡馍 (Pào mó) – 38 RMB

This one isn’t so much a street food as it is a full meal in a bowl. Pao mua is mutton soup with bread and it requires a bit of work to prepare. It’s one of the hardiest dishes you can eat in Xi’an, and it’s absolutely amazing. For 38 Yuan, it’s more expensive than most dishes you’ll find around here, but it’s worth it.

Xi'an street food

Street yoghurt 酸奶 (Suānnǎi) – 8 RMB

Sua nai, which literally means “sour milk,” is a sweet yoghurt drink sold in little white cups, and it’s especially satisfying on a hot day like today.

Xi'an street food

Beef jerky 牛肉干 (Niúròu gān) Price varies per kilo

Niu rou gan, or dried beef, is another delicious street snack available in all parts of the Muslim market place. Unlike similar looking beef jerky in the west, the variety that I bought in Xi’an has a much more distinct meaty flavor than any other beef jerky I’ve ever eaten.

Xi'an street food

Flat bread 楠 (Nán) – 5 RMB

Hailing originally from the XinJiang Province is a hardy flat bread that’s sold all over Xi’an. The Uyghur people who bake this bread call it ‘nan,’ but Han Chinese call it ‘nang.’

Xi'an street food

Skewered mutton 羊肉串 (Yángròu chuàn) 10 RMB/2 skewers

Thanks to vendors like the one in this video, the tempting aroma of juicy grilled meat permeates the entire marketplace. This snack is dripping with fat and seasoned to perfection, making this a rich, hardy Xi’an street snack.

Xi'an street food

Peanut Candy 花生糖 (Huāshēng táng) – 20 RMB/box

A few varieties of this sweet snack are available, and each requires an interesting method of preparation, such as pounding the candy with a mallet and stretching it out over a hook. The process of making this delicious street treat is even more fun to watch than it is to eat.

Xi'an street food

Xi’an is more than just the city in China with the Terra-cotta army. It’s a place where history and street food go hand-in-hand, each telling a similar story about Middle Eastern and Central Asian culinary influences and their delicious impact on the Chinese street food scene. 

My favorite part about traveling to Xi’an was experiencing a new world of food that I hadn’t tasted yet in Eastern China. The Silk Road did some pretty cool stuff for China, particularly when it comes to food, and my palette is thankful for it.

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Author: Kevin Cook

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  1. This made me hungry for candy and I think a little of the mutton on a stick would be good too. Nice film.

  2. VERY NICE BEEG. not gonna lie, not sure the food looked appetizing to me :/
    but i really loved ur video it was extra long which i looooved 🙂

  3. Wasn’t even aware Muslim influence was a part of the Chinese culture. Love learning new things through your blog while enjoying at the same time! One of your best videos!

  4. very professional and interesting, well done!

  5. Enjoyed it very much.

  6. Good work out there kev!

  7. random question: How do you know which stands to go to for good food? Have you ever got food poisoning? I ask because I will going there in September and have heard some scary stories.

    • Melony,
      You can’t really know. You just have to look at the various food stalls and vendors (there are millions of them) and if something looks good, try it. If it tastes bad, spit it out. I have never gotten sick from eating street food, that I know of. There are a lot of scary stories that sensationalize the dangers of Chinese street food, but really, it’s delicious and cheap, and almost always safe. For me, anyway. Don’t be afraid to try new foods!

  8. Loved the video. Thanks a lot, Kevin for documenting this, the food looks so good!

  9. Nice video. I can use this video to tell my students about Xi’an 🙂

  10. the Flat bread‘s name is 馕 not 楠

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