Street food is always big part of our travels.
We love to eat, but there’s something about the experience of buying and eating food off the street that’s unparalleled.
It’s exciting because you don’t know what to expect.
And even if you end up taking home anything, you still get a show!
After our visit to the Great Mosque, we toured a little around the market and headed straight for what were endless rows and rows of food stalls.
I’ll be straight. When I think of Muslim, China and Chinese are no words with which I would associate it. Call it cultural bias, prejudice, or disclosure (or lack thereof), but it is remarkable and fascinating to see Chinese women dressed in hijab and men with a kufi. One the one hand, it didn’t feel like we were in China. On the other hand, we were surrounded by Chinese. Maybe that’s just me and I’m just being silly.
But the culture shock aside, the Muslim Quarter was truly a hub for street food! We were so overwhelmed by the potpourri of flavors, aromas, tastes, and textures – anything from lamb skewers, spicy fried tofu, and meat buns, to fried nuts, sweet cakes, and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice (this is seriously everywhere!). With this panorama for our eyes to feast on, we had to strategize. Although when it comes to food, sharing isn’t my thing, I decided to be nice today for the sake of being able to sample a whole variety (and for good karma, I guess).
We roamed around the streets keeping in check of what’s interesting and worth a try before making a purchase. Hey, any proper hunter would tell you that hunting requires a thoughtful plan of action. As the evening drew closer, the neighborhood overflowed with people, young and old, eager to have a bite of something savory, something sweet.
A Xi’an must-visit? Easily.