01. Flatbread in mutton soup (yangrou paomo) Yangrou paomo is the mosticonic [标志性的] dish in the Xi an foodscape. The ritual [例行公事] before eating a paomo tearing the bread into small pieces yourself before letting the chef turn it into a stew [炖的食物] is as enjoyable as the dish itself.
02. Xi an meat burger (roujiamo) Roujiamo is the city s favorite burger. A delicious roujiamo is composed of [由……组成] two key elements juicy shredded [切成碎片的]braised pork [炖猪肉] and a crispy baked bread.
03. Cold noodles (liangpi) Rice noodles are cooked, cooled and thinly sliced. The noodles are often served in a sauce made of chili oil [辣椒油], pepper powder, vinegar anddiced garlic [切成丁的大蒜]. Then it s garnished with [配有] bean sprouts [豆芽] and slicedcucumber [黄瓜].
04. Biangbiang noodles commonly described as resembling a belt, biangbiang noodles are wide, thick and long. One string of noodles can easily fill you up.
05. Hot and sour soup dumpling (suantang shuijiao) Who can resist a bowl of dumplings swimming in hot and sour soup with sesame seeds [芝麻], minced leek [葱花] and cilantro [香菜]? Suantang shuijiao is flavorful and refreshing with a lingering (and pleasant) aftertaste [回味无穷].
06. Steamed beef and wheat powder (fenzhengrou) This unassuming-looking [其貌不扬的] dish packs 23 herbs, spices and seasonings into one serving and requires seven hours to cook.
07. Kabob (chuan er) coated with chili [辣椒] and cumin [孜然] power, it s a highlyaddictive [使人上瘾的] midnight snack for Xi an residents. It s not unusual for locals to order 100 of them in one go.
08. Pomegranate juice Pomegranates are a local specialty product. Pomegranate juice stands pop up around town every fall.
09. Glutinous rice and date cake (zenggao) Cooked overnight in a zeng a traditional earthen utensil [泥做的器皿] most vendors [商贩] only prepare one batch [一炉] of zenggao (glutinous rice [糯米] and date [枣子] layered cake) a day.
10. Soup dumpling (tangbao) Shanghai s xiaolongbao? Wrong. It is Xi an s own version of soup dumplings. Instead of pork, tangbao in Xi an is mutton meat and soup packed into a paper-thin wrapper.