The rich Xinjiang cuisine reflects the land’s cultural and historical mix. Traveling to Xinjiang, enjoy 9 dishes with attractive flavors and unique preparation! So, what to eat in Xinjiang, let’s check out 9 must try food in Xinjiang and best foods to eat in Xinjiang as follows!

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Lamb skewers

Grilled meat skewers are a street food not to be missed during your trip to Xinjiang. This dish is not only attractive by flavor but also has eye-catching color. The pieces of meat will be cut into bite-sized pieces, marinated with spices and chili powder. Then skewer through bamboo sticks and grill. The aroma of grilled meat spreads throughout the street, and the eye-catching red color makes everyone who sees it want to try it.

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Liangpi – Cold Skin Noodles (#Xinjiang street food)


Liangpi cold noodles are made from wheat flour or rice flour, soaked in a rich sauce with many flavors. The reason it is called “cold noodles” is because the rice noodles are allowed to cool after being sliced ​​thinly. A bowl of cold noodles includes sauce, oil, chili, pepper powder and vinegar. Then add bean sprouts and sliced ​​cucumbers on top of the noodle bowl. This unique cold noodle dish is an ideal choice to enjoy when traveling to Xinjiang in the summer.

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Biang Biang Noodles

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Biang Biang noodles have a unique name. The Chinese word “Biang” is one of the most complicated words. Made up of 57 strokes, it simulates the sound made by noodles when kneaded.

Biang Biang noodles are often eaten with vinegar, red chili, minced garlic and hot oil poured on top. Although the preparation is not too sophisticated, the flavor of the dish still attracts many diners.

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Muslim-style steamed beef with wheat flour (Fen Zheng Rou)

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Steamed beef and wheat flour is one of the dishes with strong Muslim cuisine in Xinjiang. The special feature of this dish is that it uses up to 23 types of herbs, wheat flour, and different spices to create flavor. The chef will carefully season and steam for about 7 hours to ensure the beef is tender and fragrant.

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To add more deliciousness to the dish, people will enjoy it while it is still hot, accompanied by a cup of tea. Helps neutralize beef fat and create a light feeling, avoiding greasy.

Torn bread & lamb soup

The dish of torn bread in lamb soup is considered a symbol of Xinjiang cuisine. With the main ingredients being lamb and bread, it attracts diners right from the first try. Bread is carefully selected, then torn into small pieces. The lamb is seasoned with spices such as cumin, chives, anise, and Chinese prickly ash. Next, the lamb is boiled in water until the flavors are absorbed. Then pour the torn bread over the lamb mixture. Each piece of soft, fragrant cake served with sweet garlic and chili satay creates a wonderful harmony.


Sticky rice cake with red date

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Date sticky rice cakes are a popular breakfast dish among locals in Xinjiang. The dish is made from fragrant sticky rice, premium dates and high-quality red beans. In particular, the cake is cooked in an ancient earthenware pot, called “zeng”. Create a sweet and fragrant cake with the fruity flavor and stickiness of sticky rice, and the sweetness of red beans. At first glance, the cake will look quite sweet and boring, but when you enjoy it, you will find it easy to eat and impressed with this special flavor.

Pilaf rice


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Rice Pilaf is a popular dish in Central Asia and Xinjiang. Pilaf is usually cooked from rice, lamb or beef, carrots, onions, chili peppers and spices such as pepper, anise and salt. All of these ingredients are cooked with a large amount of fat for a long time, creating a rich and delicious flavor.

Pilaf rice is often served with a plate of pickled vegetables or pickled cucumbers. To balance the fatty flavor of the dish. This is a popular and attractive dish for tourists to enjoy.

Lamb Dumplings


Visitors can enjoy sour meat broth dumplings all over China, but only in Xinjiang can you enjoy the special flavor of this dish. The lamb dumplings are soaked in hot and sour soup. The soup poured over the dumplings is the highlight of this dish, with sesame seeds, chopped leeks and coriander which creates a rich flavor and unforgettable impression.

Lagman (Uzbek Noodle Soup)

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Lagman noodles are a famous Uighur noodle dish. With ingredients made from flour, water, salt and oil. After boiling with water, the noodles become chewy, soft and delicious. The noodles are often served with a sauce mixture containing onions, chili peppers, lamb, vegetables, and spices such as pepper and paprika. This is a delicious dish worth trying when exploring local cuisine.


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