When it comes to Xinjiang street food, I’m a huge fan. I know that it takes a bit of courage to eat unknown foods but, for the most part, it’s absolutely worth it.
In the past, I’ve written about my favorite Xinjiang foods but today I’d like to share my absolute favorite dish from Karamay, my former home. Odds are, you’ve never tasted anything like it before.
The name of the dish is 炒黄面, literally “fried yellow noodles” and although there are other dishes around China that have the same name, the one in Karamay is unique.
The dish is a mixture of yellow noodles, vegetables, tofu and beef that have been fried to perfection with the addition of a perfect blend of spices. The shop is run by Uyghur folks but it’s not a chain restaurant so they’ve told me that this particular spin on the “fried yellow noodles” can’t be found anywhere else.
I believe them. I’ve tried finding this dish all over the capital of Urumqi and in the Silk Road oasis of Kashgar but without any success. If you want this special dish you’ll have to head to Karamay to get it.
Karamay’s Fried Yellow Noodles
See what I’m talking about in the video below. Warning: don’t watch this while hungry!
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Xinjiang Street Food – Noodles
I’ve already received a number of questions about this dish and let me try to describe it to you like this: although it looks like Uyghur laghman (a traditional dish), the noodles are entirely different.
It’s similar to 干煸炒面 (Fried Uyghur noodles) but again, the noodles aren’t the same and the taste is different.
Karamay Fried Yellow noodles are a bit spicy but when paired with a good Abida (a local Xinjiang soft drink), it makes for the perfect Xinjiang street food option.
If you’re hoping to find this hole-in-the-wall while traveling to Karamay, you can look up 明民 (“ming min”) on a map app on your phone or use the maps below to help direct you.
Have you tried this dish? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below!
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