Xi’an Food Guide – Muslim Quarters

The final part of my China trip is beckoning, and this time it’s a photolog about food!

If you’re in Xi’an, the Muslim quarters is the place to go for food and souvenirs. Everyone knows it, and the crowds get tremendous during dinner time. As the name imples, the Muslim quarter is the core of the Muslim community in Xi’an. I’m 100% confident they serve the best food around! By the way, there’s plenty of meat going around here, so meat lovers rejoice! The main meats are mutton and beef, don’t expect to find any pork here (for obvious reasons!)

I love food markets, so being here was a no-brainer for me. We came back the next day as well – we couldn’t get enough. Undecided on what to eat? Do what I do, look where the queue’s at and get behind them! You can’t go wrong that way!

By the way, this place is pretty huge, and most tourists walk the main alley and are done once they come to the end of the road. I get it, there’s enough snacks to fill you up in the main alley. But you know what? Keep going, turn right at the end of the road and enter the next alley, and you’ll find lots of amazing little restaurants. They’re all little gems and you won’t regret it.

If you’d like a list of the top eats in Xi’an, check out this YouTube video by The Food Ranger. Some of the places are listed in the Muslim Quarters, and those I went did not disappoint!

Anyway, pictures speak a thousand words, so I’m letting the pictures do the talking here:



Looking at these pictures just makes me miss the place that much more, especially the last two pictures! They serve you a whole bun, filled with 20 meat sticks – I’m serious! Cooked right in front of you, with the aroma wafting in the air, we didn’t even plan on having this, but we couldn’t resist as we walked past. Good thing too, because it was the best beef bun I’ve ever had.

And honestly, the pictures here are just teasers; it probably comprises 20% of the food available in the market.  I focused more on the eating, and less on the picture taking! My senses were just overwhelmed and the camera remained in the bag after the first 20-3minutes. Live for the moment and all that jazz, you know! So if you’re already tempted by these pictures, go, visit Xi’an, have an amazing day visiting the Terracotta warriors and reward yourself in the evening with a trip to the Muslim quarters – you can’t go wrong!

Oh, and if you’ve been to any food markets around the world and loved them, please share them in the comments, I love these markets and I’d love to visit one day X


Till next time, XOXO






14 thoughts on “Xi’an Food Guide – Muslim Quarters

  1. This is absolutely amazing!! I loved all your your reflections, thoughts and pictures of your trip to China but this is my favorite! I loved this Xi’an adventure and love everything about the Muslim Quarter. The mutton and beef is perfect and I love the You Tube video on the Best Noodle! Your pictures say more than a thousand words and – omg – 20 meats in a bun !!!!’


  2. Hey Sweetie,
    Hows you?
    I am always Super excited about your Travel Posts, the photos always like a Dream, now I am here and just drooling and dreaming about those Goodies what you showed:) Definitely need to Visit asap:) Very Interesting that China has a muslim quarter… didn’t knew…:)
    I will check again your photos and Dream about this trip:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina


  3. Oh wow, my mouth is definitely watering after reading this post! Street food always reigns supreme in Asia, and this demonstrated that for sure. What are the fried items in the first photos? I also loved the great array of seafood in addition to the beef and mutton you mentioned. And that bun sounds incredible – I bet it could have fed me for an entire day! I’m glad you continued to explore beyond the main alley to find so many incredible finds. Thank you for sharing. I’ll be sure to reference this should I visit in the future!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com


  4. I can just about smell the amazingness of all of this through my computer! Everything looks so yummy and that’s an amazing portion size! I’ve so enjoyed your post through your trip. I’ve never been there but I cannot wait to visit someday! I’m such a foodie so this is the perfect place for me to just stay while I visit! lol

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com


  5. I’m not a meat eater (in fact, I’m vegan!) but this place does seem like a great spot to check out for all foodies out there! It seems like a cool authentic place and it’s great to know about this spot. Also I truly enjoy the photos you took – you are such talented photographer!



  6. Wow all these food is so amazing Candi! This is def my foodie heaven when I visit, all of the mutton on skewers fresh off the rack and the spices they use. Mmmm my mouth is watering as I type. I agree, when you are there, you should just live in the moment and focus on eating the food.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom


  7. Love this post! Everything looks so yummy and when I travel the food is really important. This post makes me plan a trip to China and visit Muslim Quarters. I love food markets cause I want to try everything! yumm!! xoxo Elif


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