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“A little different”

Laosunjia Restaurant (Dong Main Street)
Ranked #608 of 1,692 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

It was difficult to find this restaurant as it is on the 3rd floor and we had to ask for it several times. But once we found it we were quite happy. The food was interesting. They serve a special goat soup which was quite tasty once you added the cilantro and hot sauce. They had many other dishes which we did not try as the soup was quite filling. Must have been a good place as it was quite busy and we had to share a table.

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Reviewed March 17, 2012

There is plenty of choice of snacks in the muslim area of Xi'an but this one you should try it and it's one of the best. The volume makes that the recipe has been practice for thousand of times and the taste is excellent. Not for tourist as you will see many locals there as well. You better like the lamb meat, otherwise it could be difficult for you. It's a thing to try once you are in Xi'an.

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Reviewed December 19, 2011

Basically this place is one of the two most famous (the other being Tongshengxiang) Paomo places in Xi'an, which you won't find the same taste in somewhere else (even the taste varies from different locations, although they are under the same brand). The flavor might not accommodate everyone, but for those who are seeking for unique dining experience this place is ideal.

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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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