As the capital of Qinghai Province, Xining boasts a great variety of local flavors. The cuisine here is distinct from other varieties of Chinese cities using mainly food products native to the area. Portions are substantial, but quite inexpensive. Some local dishes to try include:
Liangfen (bean jelly)
This dish is made from pea powder sliced into short strips. Liangfen is seasoned and served with vinegar, chili and mashed garlic, mustard and salt to taste.
Niangpi is a popular snack made of flour and baking soda. It can be found anywhere in the city.
Zasui Tang†is a soup cooked with lamb and oxen entrails. Locals often eat this snack for breakfast.
A breakfast food, this type of yoghurt is made by local Muslim families, served in small bowls ñ and comes highly recommended.
A popular and inexpensive local snack, Terrine is a small hot pot containing beef, mutton, bean curd and vermicelli.
Mutton Eaten with Fingers
Perhaps the most famous snack in Qinghai Province, Mutton Eaten with Fingers†is the most famous snack in Qinghai Province. It is made of fresh mutton, seasoned with a little salt. It is a favorite of local herdsmen.
Muslim Da Ximen Restaurant
Address: 120 Changjiang Road, Xining
Address: 1 Shulin Xiang, Dongguan Avenue, Xining
Xiao Yuanmen Restaurant
Address: 190 Donguan Avenue, Xining