Just take a walk to the north of Xi’an Drum Tower in city center, you will find hundreds of food vendors along the street. This about-500-meter-long street is called Beiyuanmen Muslim Street or also better known as Xi’an Muslim Quarter. Just as its name, here is the place for Muslim community in city of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. They live around the city center and are the descendants of Hui tribe. That’s why there are about ten mosques around this area including The Great Mosque.
During three-day stay in the city of Xi’an, there was no day I missed to go here. Of course for adventuring the authentic local Chinese foods, and I swear I never regretted. The sounds of the crowded street, the sights of the vendors and shoppers, and the smells are very fantastic. Moreover, I could choose any food and no need to worry to eat it. There are lots of barbecue food offered here, the most common is lamb but they also have lots kind of food made from chicken, beef, squid, and crab as long as not pork. And you will not be able to find alcohol sold here. Yes, probably here is the only place where all the Chinese foods are halal.
Walking along the Muslim Street, you will not only see the vendors selling their foods but also the attractions of street cooking. Here in Muslim Quarter, you might be patient just to wait for a skewer of lamb meat to be grilled or must be standing in a long queue just for a bunch of Rou Jia Mo. On both sides of the street you may see a group of men making hand-made sweets with various peanuts or you can watch a man playing with white dough pulling and twisting it. All those foods and attractions are waiting for you to enjoy. And for me those also make taking street photos is fun.
Here are some photos I captured while busy holding and chewing foods.
And.. I wish I could capture the smells as well…