Lonely Planet review
Fronted by an ornate archway, this quadrant is lined with cheap-and-cheerful food stalls that are always busy. It’s a good place to pick up Xīnjiāng or Muslim Uighur cuisine such as lamb skewers and flat bread. Also on offer are other dishes from all over China, including málà tàng (a spicy soup from Sìchuān) and zhájiàngmiàn (Běijīng noodles in fried bean sauce). Also being scoffed by the bowl here are Lánzhōu lāmiàn (Lánzhōu noodles), Shāndōng jiānbing (Shāndōng savoury pancake), Yúnnán guòqiáo mǐxiàn (Yúnnán cross-the-bridge noodles) and oodles of spicy Sìchuān food. At most outlets you have to sit outside elbow-to-elbow with other diners. You’ll also find some of the more exotic skewers, such as fried scorpion, which are on offer at the nearby Dōnghuámén Night Market. Not all stalls have prices listed. As a rough guide, most things cost around ¥10 for a portion.