Top ChoiceNoodles in Lanzhou

Mazilu Beef Noodles

In business since 1954, this place has locals flocking here for steaming bowls of the city's most well-known export: spicy hand-pulled noodles. Join the queue inside the door and ask for niúròu miàn (牛肉面). You'll...

Top ChoiceNoodles in Tianshui

Qīngxiāngyuán Lǎozìhào Niúròu Lāmiàn

Grab a ticket from the kiosk out front of this Muslim restaurant and collect your beef noodles (niúròu miàn; ¥8) from the kitchen window inside. The noodles are excellent, infused with dollops of scarlet-red...

Top ChoiceInternational in Dunhuang

Zhāixīng Gé

Part of the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, this rooftop restaurant is ideal for a meal (the western buffet breakfast is excellent) or a sundowner gazing out over the golden sand dunes. There's everything from...

Tibetan in Xiahe

Nirvana Restaurant & Bar

This inviting, bright restaurant serves Tibetan dishes, such as the popular yak hotpot (¥25) and tsampa (¥20), as well as western favourites and breakfasts (¥28). The welcoming, casual vibe makes leaving Nirvana...

Yunnan in Langmusi

Yunnan Mama's Kitchen

Mr Wang and the folk from Dali in Yunnan at this family-run restaurant are a bundle of fun. Sample the five or six flavours of strong homemade qīngkē báijiǔ (Chinese barley spirit) and you might be too. Popular...

Xinjiang in Dunhuang

Suǒfěiyà Qīngzhèn Fànguǎn

Come to this small and friendly Muslim restaurant down Confucian Temple Alley (Wenmiao Xiang) for lamb kebabs (羊肉串, yángròuchuàn; ¥2 each), roast lamb with cumin (孜然羊肉, zīrǎn yángròu; ¥70), spicy chicken chunks...

Market in Lanzhou

Zhengning Lu Night Market

One of Lanzhou's best night markets, this small pedestrian street is lined with vendors on both sides cooking up all manner of Silk Road delights. The mix of Hui, Han and Uyghur stalls offer everything from...

Noodles in Lanzhou

Mazilu Beef Noodles

This very handy branch of the famed Mazilu Beef Noodles is a chopstick's throw from the train station, serving up simply delicious and very filling spicy hand-pulled noodles (拉面, lāmiàn). Ask for niúròu miàn...

Tibetan in Xiahe

Tara Cafe & Restaurant

This traditionally styled and highly colourful restaurant on the ground floor of Tara Guesthouse is very good-looking indeed and serves excellent baked Tibetan dumplings (烤藏包, kǎozàngbāo; ¥36) and other Tibetan...

Dumplings in Langmusi

Hangzhou Dumplings

This friendly family-run restaurant offers a wide range of Chinese dishes and breakfasts such as yóutiáo (fried dough sticks), dòujiāng (warm soya milk), tsampa and xiǎolóngbāo (steamed dumplings). There is an...

Street Food in Dunhuang

Speciality Snack Street

This road west off Mingshan Lu is stuffed with small hole-in-the-wall restaurants and larger eateries, perfect for dining on local specialities such as donkey meat, cuōyúzi (fish-shaped noodles), wonton,...

Noodles in Dunhuang

Yǒnghóng Cuōyúzi

A bowl of these fish-shaped noodles (搓鱼子, cuōyúzi) puts a spring in your step. Located on Speciality Snack Street off Mingshan Lu in the centre of town, it's a small family-run operation. The name of the...

Market in Dunhuang

Shazhou Night Market

Extending from Yangguan Lu south to Xiyu Lu, this market is both a place to eat and to socialise, night and day. Off Yanguang Donglu are dozens of well-organised stalls with English signs: expect Sichuan, Korean...

Cafe in Xiahe

Snowy Mountain Cafe

This chilled-out choice was moving at the time of writing, but its former incarnation served a menu of Tibetan, Chinese and western staples, as well as a full-service bar. The Tibetan-style noodles and yak steak...

Noodles in Lanzhou

Mǎlǎolìu Niúròumiàn

Overseen by a vivid and almost surreal painting of the statue Mother of the Yellow River, this brisk Muslim place serves up healthy and steaming bowls of filling and satisfying beef noodles. It looks cheap and...

Noodles in Wuwei

Yīwǎnlán Niúròumiàn

This large Muslim place serves filling helpings of huìmiànpiàn (烩面片, big/small ¥11/12) noodles – flat noodle chunks with veggies, beef crumbs, garlic, rice noodles and doufu cubes – and serves lāmiàn hand-pulled...

Market in Wuwei

Liangzhou Food Street

This warren of covered pedestrian alleys within bustling Liangzhou Market (凉州市场, Liángzhōu Shìchǎng) packs in dozens of snack stands, hawker stalls and small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants in a blaze of garish red...

Market in Zhangye

Huayi Food Street

This pedestrianised market has dozens of snack stalls and small restaurants, many selling local specialities and Chinese standards, hand-pulled noodles (拉面, lāmiàn), ròujiāmó, claypot, Sichuan food and dried...

Noodles in Zhangye

Xīnyǒnghéng Niúròu Lāmiàn

Round-the-clock hours make this a decent pit-stop at any time of the day or night. For ¥7 you can devour a deep, clear, fresh, zesty and filling bowl of beef noodles (牛肉面, niúròumiàn) with sesame seeds and spring...

Market in Zhangye

Mingqing Jie

A traditionally styled street with an ornamental gateway, Mingqing Jie is full of restaurants, stalls selling roast sweet potatoes and dàpáidàng selling jiaozi, cuo mian, Sichuan dishes, claypot dishes and all...