The hustle and bustle of the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an was exciting. There were people everywhere selling their wares and more! It was the perfect place to pick up some cheap souvenirs. Make sure you barter with the vendors. We were able to talk most of them down over half of what they were asking!
Hungry in Xi’an?
Be daring and try some street food! Persimmon cakes found in the Muslim Quarter are delicious, mouthwatering balls of yummy goodness. Seriously!
And you can buy dinner for literally $1.94 (USD)! Tyler and I enjoyed two “Chinese pizzas” and a bottle of water prepared on the street for under two dollars!
Tips for choosing street food vendors:
- Follow the locals – find a place that has a line or a crowd of people enjoying a bite of street food and join them!
- Watch the cook – watch how they prepare the food for someone else ordering. Make sure it is to your liking/standards. All food should be thoroughly cooked.
- Enjoy – once the food is prepared, enjoy the goodness with the locals!
Don’t want to try street food? Than why not give dumplings a try?De Fa Chang is a popular dumpling house in Xi’an. The dumplings were quite impressive to say the least. Some of them actually took shape to the flavor inside like the walnut flavored dumpling, which was shaped like a walnut.While dining, we were served an array of shapes and flavors. I will admit I did not like every dumpling I tried, and Tyler will agree with that statement as well, but it was a great dinner to experience while in China and I am glad we tried it.