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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...

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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...

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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...

Chinese Islamic in Yinchuan

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...

Peking Duck in Yinchuan


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...

Dumplings in Yinchuan

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,...

Noodles in Zhongwei

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...

Chinese Islamic in Yinchuan

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...

Chinese Islamic in Zhongwei

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,...

Chinese Islamic in Yinchuan

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...

Market in Zhongwei

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,...

Market in Guyuan

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...

Dim Sum in Yinchuan

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...

Chinese Islamic in Helan Shan

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...

Chinese Islamic in Yinchuan

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).