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Mǎ Hóng Xiǎochǎo Pàomóguǎn

A superb choice for lamb or beef pàomó; you need to grab a seat before 11am, otherwise it's all elbows in ribs. Pay for your dish, take your seat and then break the round bread into a myriad tiny pieces (they...

Dumplings in Xi'an

Sānjiěmèi Jiǎozi

Weary diners with dumpling fatigue will be inspired by the rustic two-room Three Sisters, with its well-done twist on classics. Try succulent carrot-and-lamb dumplings blanketed in crisp peanuts and fried chives....

Dumplings in Xi'an

Hǎiróng Guōtiēdiàn

A civilised and restful choice, this place specialises in guōtiē (锅贴) 'potsticker' fried dumplings and they are simply delicious. There's six different types to choose from, including a vegetarian choice. There...

Chinese in Xi'an

Měishíchéng

This smart food court serves a wide choice of food from each corner of China. There's everything from Sìchuān dàndàn noodles (dàndàn miàn) to roast duck, dumplings, claypot dishes, ròujiāmó (shredded pork in a...

Chinese Islamic in Xi'an

Tóngshèngxiáng

Famous for its yángròu pàomó (羊肉泡馍): pay for your dish, take a seat and break your bread into crumbs to await the broth. There are two types of pàomó: one is called gānpào (干泡; dry soak) where the broth is...

Chinese Islamic in Xi'an

Muslim Family Restaurant

Right on Beiyuanmen in the heart of the Muslim Quarter, this smart establishment serves classic Muslim dishes such as ròujiāmó (¥15), lamb kebabs (¥10 each), beef- or lamb-filled xiànbǐng (fried, crispy bread;...

Chinese in Xi'an

Lǎo Sūn Jiā

Founded in 1898, the speciality dish at one of Xi'an’s most famous restaurants is steaming bowls of yángròu pàomó. The catch is that the diner is responsible for ripping up the bread before the chefs add the...

Chinese in Xi'an

Dǐng Dǐng Xiāng

A clean cafe atmosphere is spread over four floors with aspirational snaps of Europe in scattered picture frames on the walls. A lively well-dressed crowd peers down onto the street, drinking beer and eating...

Cafe in Xi'an

Jamaica Blue

This mezzanine-style cafe and bar looking down into the lobby of a very popular hostel is well-staffed, serving up sandwiches, wraps, western-style breakfasts, pastas, baked tarts, cakes and aromatic, flavoursome...

Dumplings in Xi'an

Défācháng

The speciality at Défācháng is dumplings. Head downstairs for the standard choice of dumplings (from around ¥30) or go upstairs for the pricier menu (¥128 per person), which includes a dozen different types of...