Best restaurants in Ningxia

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    Tóng Xīn Chūn

    Locals regard this unassuming decades-old establishment as one of the best places to try Ningxia cuisine, in particular, mutton. The bonus is that it's one of the few Hui shops in the city that strictly enforces the no-smoking rule. The shǒu zhuā lamb (手抓羊肉; catty/half-catty ¥85/45) is sublime, succulent and melt-in-your-mouth, with the right lean-fat ratio.

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    Laobaishi Flatbread and Stewed Meat

    This three-storey establishment is famous for its pàomó – a Xi'an and Xinjiang delicacy of mutton (羊肉泡馍, yángròu pàomó) or beef (牛肉泡馍, niúròu pàomó) in an aromatic broth, served with unleavened flatbread. You eat by breaking the bread into small pieces and letting them soak in the broth until they're soft and full of flavour, but not soggy.

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    Xiānhè Lóu

    This fantastic, cavernous place opens round the clock, serving both big spenders and budget seekers. You could splash out on the pricey fish dishes or the gorgeous kǎoyángpái (烤羊排, barbecued ribs; ¥110) from the picture menu, but a half catty or jīn of fried lamb dumplings (羊肉煎饺, yángròu jiānjiǎo; ¥30) makes a filling meal for one, arriving with a crimson soy sauce and chilli dip.

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    Quánjùdé

    If you pine for Peking duck, Quánjùdé steps up to the plate. For ¥80 you get half a duck – a meal for one – served with cucumber, scallions and hoisin sauce. Purists maintain that the best Peking duck is served within earshot of the Forbidden City, but as a Beijing institution, Quánjùdé is a close second.

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    Dà Mā Jiǎozi Guǎn

    This popular place is dedicated to Chinese dumplings, which come by the catty or jīn (斤); you can order a half or quarter jīn. There are all sorts of beef, prawn and vegie options as well as pot-stickers (锅贴, guōtiē) – delicious fried dumplings, too. Plenty of other soups, meat, fish and noodle dishes are also available from the large, glossy photo (English) menu.

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    Guihua Xiang Handmade Noodles

    This shop close to the Drum Tower serves a dozen tasty noodle dishes. Signatures include wormwood seed noodles (蒿子麺, hāozǐ miàn), made with the seeds of desert wormwood, which are believed to strengthen digestion and cool the body; and noodles with lentils (扁豆子麺, biǎn dòu zǐ miàn), strands with clear Silk Road influences that are a Zhongwei speciality.

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    Sulai Special Beef Bone

    This cosy Hui restaurant specialises in stewed pork bone (牛骨头, niúgǔtou; catty ¥48). The bones are laden with meat and best eaten Genghis Khan–style – with your hands (you get gloves for that). There are a plethora of other Ningxia dishes on the picture menu, including shredded local chicken (手撕土鸡, shǒusī tǔjī; ¥48) and stewed oxtail (炖牛尾, dùn niúwěi; ¥68), all delectable.

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    Guó Qiáng Shǒu Zhuā

    An elegant branch of a well-known restaurant, Guo Qiang Shǒu Zhuā is best known for shǒu zhuā (hand-grabbed) boiled mutton, which comes in different cuts. Quite a few things on its massive picture menu are also worth trying, such as mutton and sticky rice sausage (焖肚子), misleadingly labelled 'braised belly', and sauteed knife-shaved noodles (炒刀削麺, chǎo dāoxiāo miàn).

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    Xiang Shan Lamb

    The tender, succulent cuts at this lamb specialist are boiled, braised, grilled or flash-fried with chives, chilli and potatoes – all done masterfully and captured on the picture menu. Portions tend to be big, even for side dishes (our pickled cabbage arrived looking like the whole cabbage). The decor is surprisingly attractive in a retro sort of way.

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    Xiǎoyè Shǒuzhuā

    A jovial shǒu zhuā mutton restaurant. Mutton is ¥108 to ¥118 per catty, and boiled lamb hooves in garlic sauce are ¥10 apiece. To cleanse your palate, you can order a couple of cold dishes, like chopped cucumber or shredded water celery. You can drink and smoke in here.

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    Zhongwei Shangcheng Night Market

    A Dante’s Inferno of flaming woks and grills, the night market is made up of countless stalls in alleys running left off Xinglong Nanjie (which is lined with Chinese-style bars). Among the tonnes of cheap eats, two favourites to check out are ròujiāmó (肉夹馍, pork or beef stuffed in bread) and shāguō (砂锅, mini hotpot), as well as the ever-present pulled noodles (拉面, lāmiàn).

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    Xiaochi Night Market

    This alley of food stalls runs till the break of dawn and specialises in delicious shāguō (砂锅, mini hotpot), as well as shāokǎo (烧烤, barbecue) kebabs and noodles. Dishes are on display, so you can pick and choose. It’s down a covered arcade off Wenhua Donglu, directly opposite two big hospitals; look for No 44. Most places are Hui-run, but most serve beer too.

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    Bái Gōng

    Waiters here push around carts piled with all forms of delicious dumplings and buns, as well as more esoteric Cantonese nibbles like spicy chicken feet. The carts offer good variety for solo travellers. Look for the two huge crayfish on the outside, up near the roof line. It's open till the wee hours.

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    Silk Road Food Street

    This street with a gimmicky name in Zhenbeibu town, in the foothills of the Helan mountains, has a few good, simple restaurants. Part of the Western Film Studios resort and entertainment zone, it's only 240m from the studio's ticket office.

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    Xiānhè Lóu

    You can't go wrong here with great kǎoyángpái (烤羊排, barbecued ribs) and jīngjiàng ròusī (京酱肉丝, soy pork), which you wrap up in little pancakes, and shuǐjiǎo (boiled dumplings).