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“Phenomenal mutton stew!”

Laosunjia Restaurant (Dong Main Street)
Ranked #584 of 1,680 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese
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New York City, New York
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124 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Phenomenal mutton stew!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This was one of the most memorable meals we had on our trip to China. The restaurant is huge and brightly lit and you sit at communal yellow tables. We were the only westerners in the restaurant and locals were definitely eyeing us suspiciously but we had read how to prepare the mutton stew so we at least looked like we knew what we were doing.

The food here is cheap but absolutely delicious. We had lamb dumplings and their specialty, yangrou paomo (shredded bread soaked in mutton stew). You tear the dense bread into small pieces in your bowl which the servers then take away and fill with hearty mutton stew causing the bread to expand into delicious dumpling morsels. It is such a hearty, simple, but addictive dish. I dream about this stew.

Visited July 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Xi'an, China
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Another tourist trap”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Although it used to be the most famed Paomo restaurant in the city, It caters mainly to tourists both domestic and abroad now. Local people seldom dine at this because it's generally overpriced compared with its less famed peers.

Visited September 2011
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San Francisco, California
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A little different”
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.

Visited May 2012
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Beijing, China
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222 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“A place to try”
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.

Visited February 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A must for specialty hunting in Xi'an”
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.

  • Visited August 2011
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