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“Novelty value but food is acquired taste”

Laosunjia Restaurant (Dong Main Street)
Ranked #609 of 1,694 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

One of the many restaurants we visited on a 10 day trip through XIAN. The restaurant is an old famous name in the Muslim zone so everyone can help you to find it. The decor is OK but not plush and the whole place has a tourism theme to it. We are in a group of 22 so were given a room with quite good service.

As you can see in my photo, the food comes in quite fast on the table. The taste is both sweet and savory all mixed up. The famous broth or soup-dumpling is made from a cake which you tear into little pieces. The staff then pour soup over it but it is an acquired taste so expect some getting use to. Overall, it is an average meal with not much to praise, other than the fun to play with tearing up dumpling cake.

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Reviewed January 14, 2011

This restaurant was recommended in the Rough Guide and we tried it out. It is a little difficult to find on Dong Daije as there are not many building numbers; it is up a set of stairs with a stall selling food just outside the front - you're best bet is to get it in characters and search for the sign (this is in the Rough Guide) once you're in the right block.

Anyway, if and when you find it, you should be pleased with what you receive. The house speciality is paomo - a lamb stew containing bread and served with pickled garlic and chili sauce, and our server directed to this dish straight away, presumably knowing that that was what we, like the majority of customers were after (cost around a couple of pounds, if that). We only saw paomo in Xi'an whilst on our trip to China, and I believe this is the city in which to try it.

We were also recommended the Chrysanthemum tea, and again accepted. This was served immediately, and although a little unusual at first, I enjoyed it once it had brewed properly, with a fairly sweet flavour and full of both leaves and flowers.

Now comes the fun part. Unlike a lot of their competitors, Laosunjia makes the customer rip up their unleavened bread which forms the base of the stew. We were shown the requisite size of each piece by the waitress and duly started. There were three pieces of bread, and it took a tiring 15 minutes to tear and place into our large stew bowls. The bowls were then duly taken away and filled with the lamb stew; the bread partially soaking up some of the juices but staying relatively firm. The paomo had a lovely deep taste of lamb and the portion was very generous; with all the bread it was very filling, but enjoyable nonetheless. Happily filled, and having worked off our dinner beforehand, we paid and left!

Overall a good experience and meal - make sure you get there early enough to allow time for tearing!

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