Food Archives | Xinjiang: Far West China

Xinjiang Street Food | Karamay Fried Yellow Noodles

November 3, 2016 | 5 Comments

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, […]

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What Should I Eat in Xinjiang? 10 Best Uyghur Food

September 2, 2016 | 14 Comments

Anybody who plans to travel to Xinjiang knows that Xinjiang cuisine is going to be a memorable part of their journey. The local Uyghur food is well-known throughout China and praised among travelers. It’s not just Uyghur food, though. Whether you want to eat Hui food, Kazakh food or Chinese food – Xinjiang has it all. Unfortunately, not […]

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How to Make Uyghur Bread from Xinjiang

August 5, 2016 | 15 Comments

For years I have walked by countless Uyghur bread stands in Xinjiang, bought the Uyghur flatbread, and continued on my merry way. I’ve always been a bit curious about how to make Uyghur bread but never had the time to really watch the process. All of that changed this week when a friend invited me to […]

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Eating Uyghur Lamb Intestine in Xinjiang

December 10, 2015 | 14 Comments

Local Name:  ئۆپكە-ھېسىپ Chinese Name: 面肺子 (miànfèizi) Alternate Names: Öpke-hésip Description: Boiled sheep lung and intestine stuffed with a rice and flour mixture. As you plan your trip to Xinjiang, you should consider how you want to experience Uyghur cuisine–an important part of any journey through Xinjiang. As we continue our series on great Xinjiang foods, […]

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Xinjiang Cuisine: 5 Must-Eat Foods (& How to Order Them)

January 17, 2014 | 14 Comments

When it comes to traveling the Silk Road, the Xinjiang cuisine is not to be missed. Here are 5 “must-eat” foods and how to order them both in Mandarin and in Uyghur!

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More Xinjiang Uyghur Recipes – Part 2

February 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

Part 2 of the wildly successful series on the best recipes for making Xinjiang Uyghur food at home. If you love the food, you’ve got to try it yourself!

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Xinjiang Uyghur Recipes – An Online Cookbook Pt. 1

August 8, 2011 | 30 Comments

Oftentimes when people return from traveling Xinjiang and the Silk Road, the very first thing they want to get their hands on is a Xinjiang cookbook with authentic Uyghur recipes and Hui recipes. Unfortunately such a cookbook doesn’t exist…
…but hopefully this will help.

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Tasty Uyghur Treat: Pic of the Week

May 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

Though they can be found throughout China, these Uyghur sweets somehow taste best when traveling through Xinjiang. At the bazaar in Kashgar, this stuff was so sticky that it ripped the braces right off the back of my upper teeth…

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Pomegranates: Xinjiang’s Best Foods

September 27, 2010 | 16 Comments

I ate my first pomegranate while living in Xinjiang and I’m embarrassed by how little I knew about the fruit. So clueless was I that I didn’t actually know what to do with it when it was handed to me. Now it has become one of my favorite Xinjiang fruits.

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Sanzi, Uyghur Fried Noodles: Xinjiang’s Best Food

March 17, 2010 | 4 Comments

If you ever have the chance to join a Uyghur celebration or be invited to a Uyghur home, chances are you’re going to run into a beautiful pyramid of fried, twisted noodles. Don’t be ashamed…go snap off a piece! It’s not like a wedding cake where you’re only supposed to admire it. It’s there to be eaten and Uyghur hosts are happy to see you enjoy yourself.

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