The Cuisine of Xi’an
China’s Shaanxi Province is known for its terra cotta army, built in the 11th century B.C. in the city of Xi’an (one of the oldest cities in China), as well as for its lamb- and noodle-heavy cuisine. At Shaanxi Gourmet, just east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, you’ll find truly authentic versions of Xi’an specialties that you won’t find in many other places in the United States. One of the restaurant’s best and most popular dishes is the lamb pao mo, a classic braised lamb and noodle combination with tiny cubes of unleavened bread, served with bowls of cilantro, chiles and pickled garlic. The menu is only in Chinese, so take cues from those dining around you or choose from the photos of the restaurant’s dishes lining the walls.
My visit to Shaanxi Gourmet with food journalist Clarissa Wei:
8518 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770