Top ChoiceNoodles in Jincheng

Jia Jin Yang Hele Noodles

A tiny shop with rustic decor run by a friendly couple, the noodles here – al dente and delicious – come in clear broth (清汤, qīng tāng) or with pumpkin (金瓜, jīn guā), preserved vegetables(酸菜, suān cài) or braised...

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Liùwèizhāi

Behind the grey walls of this period-style low-rise is a famous establishment founded in the Qing dynasty. The ground floor sells cold braised snacks. Ascend to the upper floors and take a seat by the window. The...

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Shuaifujie Islam Lamb Offal

Before hitting the hills, come here for the ultimate protein breakfast: lamb offal! Most locals order the offal with potato-flour noodles (粉羊杂, fěn yángzá). Hardcore fans prefer just offal (纯羊杂, chún yángzá; bowl...

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Qīnqíng Lúshí Pù

This two-storey restaurant lets you sample all kinds of Pingyao and Shanxi treats without stuffing yourself. The bilingual menu offers meal sets featuring small portions of local classics, such as pork terrine...

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Dōngfāng Xiāo Miàn

Forgive the chain-store decor and endure the long queues (always a good sign) and you'll soon be in noodle heaven at this popular local chain. Steaming bowls of the humble Shanxi speciality xiāo miàn (削面) are the...

Chinese in Datong

Fènglín Gé

Exquisite and delectable shāomai (steamed dim-sum dumplings) are the star of the show at this fancy, period-style restaurant in the heart of the old town. Order by the steamer (笼, lóng) or half steamer. The crab...

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Mínjiān Càiguǎn

This humble place makes delicious country dishes (农家菜, nóngjiā cài). The stir-fried (homegrown) spinach (清炒菠菜, qīngchǎo bōcài) has bite and a lingering nuttiness. The spicy homemade tofu (辣酱沾豆腐, làjiàng zhān...

Chinese Islamic in Taiyuan

Haoganggang Lamb Offal

The standard mutton soup (羊肉汤, yángròu tāng) or offal soup (羊杂汤, yángzá tāng) at this popular chain comprises mutton or offal in broth with noodles. You can add extra meat (加肉, jiā ròu) or offal (加羊杂, jiā yángzá)...

Noodles in Taiyuan

Taiyuan Noodle House

With a cake shop on the ground floor, head up to the bustling 2nd floor of this restaurant for Shanxi’s famous vinegar/noodle combo. If you're bewildered by the choices, go for the six-type taster (六中面套餐,...

Chinese in Datong

Tónghé Dàfàndiàn

This fantastic, bright and cheery spot alongside the Hóngqí Hotel and a short hop from the train station can look a little intimidating with its big round tables better suited to functions, but solo diners can...

Chinese in Taiyuan

Shānxī Huìguǎn

Behind the imposing grey exterior is a refined restaurant serving quality northern Chinese cuisine. There's everything from hotpot to homemade tofu and, of course, noodles, served by eager staff. If you're lucky,...

Chinese in Taiyuan

Food Street

Head to this long, long street lined with all manner of restaurants and outdoor shāokǎo (barbecue) places. You can get noodles, of course, but also hotpot, northern pastries and fried dishes. It gets lively late...

Cafe in Pingyao

Sakura Cafe

This eclectic and fun cafe-bar attracts both locals and foreigners with its daily food and drink specials. It does decent, if pricey, pizzas (from ¥65), burgers, sandwiches and omelettes, plus breakfasts, coffee,...

Chinese in Pingyao

Tianyuankui

With wooden furnishings and helpful staff, this huge restaurant spanning three dining spaces in a courtyard house has a loud and jolly vibe. The iPad English menu has photos of the dishes, making ordering a snap....

Chinese in Pingyao

Déjūyuán

Traveller-friendly, but no worse for that, this popular and welcoming little restaurant has a simple and tasty menu (in English) of Shanxi dishes. Try the famed scrambled eggs with Shanxi vinegar and chilli...

Chinese in Datong

Zǐní Sānliùjiǔ Cūliáng Guǎn

A large, formal restaurant with attentive service and surprisingly affordable prices. The thick bilingual picture menu covers a huge array of Shanxi and northern Chinese dishes from dumplings and lamb skewers to...

Chinese in Datong

Pán Láilái

Datong is famous for rabbit heads (兔头, tùtóu) and locals will tell you that Pán Láilái serves the best ones (at a costly ¥11 each). The fist-sized delicacy is braised (红烧, hóngshāo), fried (爆炒, bàochǎo) or...

Chinese in Jincheng

Jincheng Ten Small Bowls

The picture menu of this modern restaurant contains a hundred selections, some in smallish servings. If there are two of you, you can have the buckwheat noodles with soft tofu (豆花饸饹, dòuhuā héle), donkey meat...