The Food Ranger experiences the unique and traditional ways the famous restauranteurs of Xi'an craft their delicious hand-pulled noodles.
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- You could just watch this all day, and I think that's what we're gonna do, just hang out and watch for a bit. Alright, check it out, guys, it's Trevor James, big noodle tour coming up today. We're gonna go for a ton of noodles in Xi'an. Hui Chinese Muslim Halal street noodles. Let's check it out. If you love noodles and street food, get ready, 'cause we're bringing you to try four amazing bowls of Halal street noodles in Xi'an, China, home to the Hui Chinese Muslims and a huge variety of delicious street food. And we're bringing you into the back of every single noodle kitchen that we enter into today in Xi'an, so let's eat some delicious, life-changing noodles. Right around the corner here, there is supposed to be a really good local dry style biangbiang noodles, fat, ultra fat, belt noodles. Here we go. This is the beef noodle. You can get beef noodle or the fat belt biangbiang noodle. You can see they've got a few different variations of regular noodles, but we came for the fat biangbiang noodle. Oh yeah, look at that. You can see we're just adding on. There's some carrot, greens, cabbage, it's all in there, and then there's the biangbiang. Nice. Oh yes. Each noodle-- Each bowl has three strips. You can see, we're just gonna stretch them out, and it goes biang, like the sound. The slap, the noodle slap, local Xi'an specialty. Wow. This is awesome to be in Xi'an, and then they split it and put it into the cauldron. This is the beef stock that goes a little bit on the bottom of the biangbiang. That is a bag full of spice. It's all in there and you can really smell that. It's very floral and intense. And in the beef noodle. You can see all of the beef bones in there, that is ultra, ultra rich. Look at that. That is actually very aromatic. Very aromatic. You can really smell all of those herbs and spices that we just heard. Beef beef. Oh look at how Xi'an that is, what a beautiful scene that is, just so much soft beef. That is so beautiful. Just look at all the beef there. You can really smell the bay leaves and the cinnamon. This is what Xinjiang food and Xi'an is all about. Look at that. There's cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise. We're gonna try it out. It's very soft. Very good. And here they come, the big biangbiang fat belt noodles. Wow, into the bowl, that is beautiful. Look at that. Here's the hot veg, tons of veg on there. That looks beautiful. Then there's the beef, fresh beef. Look at all the chili oil. Sesame oil, that's gonna make it fragrant. Look at this, guys, this is the ultra bowl of biangbiang, ultra fat belt noodles, hand-pulled. Look at that stewed beef, tons of spices, and then they also give cilantro and fresh veg, cabbage, carrot, beans, and then mixing it up, that's the true joy. You get to see, look at all the chili oil on the bottom. Wow, this is what we came to Xi'an for right here. That is what Xi'an is about, that right there, that bowl. The dry style noodles, the sesame oil, the chili, it's nutty and fragrant and the beef is soft. There's a bit of that smoky tofu aroma, it's peppery, you can taste some pepper in there. It's condensed and rich and full of intense flavor. That was amazing. Next up, we're going to another famous halal joint, that serves a different style of hand-pulled noodles, the lanzhou shen, with beef spiced so fragrant with cinnamon and a huge line up of chefs pulling noodles. This is where noodle lovers eat and where the noodle masters cook. Awesome, guys, we're in a little alley and right up ahead there's a famous little noodle joint, Hui Chinese noodle joint, it's gonna be good. Let's go try it out. Wow, we are entering the noodle heaven. Wow. Look at these wheat noodles, and they look really nice and chewy. Look at this noodle scene here. Look at all these noodle strips. He's gonna stretch it out, oh beautiful, and then they put them right into this deep cauldron and boil them and put them right over that beef vegetable stock. Wow. That is amazing. Now we're stretching them out. Look at this, hand-pulled, and you can see they're really looking nice and chewy. They're getting, each time they get thinner and thinner. And they're going right in the pit. There we go. Wow. Wow. Each time they get thinner, and that is just a huge noodle clump. That's gotta be tough. Xi'an is the birthplace, the soul, of Hui cuisine here in China. Incredible. This is a Hui specialty and you can see they're going, each time, right in there. That's a lot of noodles. It's a dream here. Oh, this is noodle heaven. Enter noodle heaven. You could just watch this all day, and I think that's what we're gonna do, just hang out and watch for a bit. They're nice and fat and you can see they look perfect and chewy and they're pulling the noodles as we speak. You really gotta come to Xi'an or Lanzhou or Western China to experience true hand-pulled noodles like this. Western China, the more west you go, you got Hui Chinese and then you get Uyghur Chinese, as well, that pull the noodles, and that's what we're doing on this series is just going to the best places for noodles and really, really delicious Halal food. It's a dream. This is in the base of the bowl, chili, cilantro, vinegar, MSG. Look at that beef, that looks really soft. You can see it again. Chili oil, cilantro, sesame oil, and then the beef. Wow. Look at the selection of noodles here. Oh yes, we are gonna get one of these, I love all the veg on there, and they're gonna start pouring the noodles on. Look at that. Oh wow. The noodles go right on top, look at that. That is beautiful. Oh yeah, right on top. It's mesmerizing. Look at this, guys, we got it. Look at those ultra-chewy noodles. We're gonna go try it out. Beautiful scene. Look at this, there it is. Look at that, there's the beef in the bottom. Awesome. All that beef, that carrot. You can really smell the carrot, the carrots are very aromatic, and there's a bit of bean sprouts in there, too, so there's a bit of a nuttiness. There it is. Look at those noodles, covered in that. You can really smell that aromatic beef, the carrots, the vinegar, and then we've got a hit of garlic for afterwards. Let's try these. Those are so aromatic with cinnamon. They taste very cinnamon-y, they taste like a beef-cinnamon gravy, with a cilantro and the sour vinegar, but a smooth vinegar. The carrot, all the veg in there, makes it hearty. It's just amazing to see them pulling them in the back. Next up, before going for perhaps the best noodle dish in all of China, the big plate chicken, and getting an intro into making it in the kitchen, we met up with local liangpi master, Mister Sheng, for an intro and a taste of one of Xi'an's most iconic cold jelly noodle dishes. We are in the Hui district here. It's all Halal Muslim Chinese street food, and that's what we're doing today. There is variations of each dish that we're having. You can get either Hui Chinese or Han Chinese, and today we're gonna get all Hui Chinese street food. Alright, guys, so we are at a famous liangpi joint here and we're a little early. Sheng Lao Ban, this nice gentleman here, is gonna come and meet us and show us how to make these famous liangpi and we're gonna try it out. Let's go and try a liangpi. We're hanging with Sheng Lao Ban here.
- Awesome. Wow, that is legit. Oh yeah, cold. There's four simple ingredients here. The secret sauce. 12 hours. 28 secret ingredients in it. Oh beautiful. Sesame paste. Oh wow, that is beautiful. Look at how thick it is, tons of chili in there. Look at that, wow. Right when I went to go taste my liangpi, Boss Sheng reminded me that with any liangpi, you have to eat a la niu rou, or Chinese burger, and here served with beef, Xinjiang Halal style. We're gonna get that in a pita. I think I smell a bit of cumin in there. It smells so delicious.
- You can try it.
- Oh, I can try it, really?
- [Sheng] Yes.
- [Trevor] Look at that.
- [Sheng] Yes.
- This looks delicious.
- Good. This is Muslim food. Very good.
- Very good.
- Very good.
- It's so soft.
- So healthy. And she is heating up a mo bread, this is a Chinese pita. It's a spicy black bean sauce with all of that beautiful stewed beef. Look at that thick sesame paste. Look at how pure that is, that pure sesame paste, all that chili oil, and then their secret stewed vinegar. We've also got the plum juice here, triple combo, triple joy. It's really thick. This is what's unique all throughout Xi'an, I've had quite a few of these liangpi but this one really looks unique because of that stewed vinegar and this ultra thick, ultra pasty looking sesame paste. Oh yeah. That is just ultra aromatic. It really is about the chili oil, vinegar, sesame combo. It's so thick. That sesame paste is ultra thick. It's the most refreshing and satisfying and spicy and Xi'an combo you'll ever have. There's two types of roujiamo in Xi'an, this one is the beef, the Hui Halal version, and you can see on the bottom, there's a bit of that, they put that bean sauce with chili, and the pita itself looks nice and soft and fluffy. Let's try it out. For our final noodle dish, we're having the king plate of noodles in China. Originated from China's far west Xinjiang province, the da pan ji, big chicken plate. This is the most massive plate of fried chicken and chilies and potatoes, and all placed over top a huge bed of hand-pulled noodles. Pure heaven. Alright, guys, next up to finish up the night, we're gonna go for a classic Chinese dish, the da pan ji, the big plate chicken, and right up here, there's a famous da pan ji joint. It's gonna be good. It's got big fat stretched noodles on the bottom. Let's try it out. We're gonna go in the kitchen and see how they make the big plate chicken. Wow, beautiful, you can really see the soul that's put into this. Amazing. Hand-pulled fat noodles going into the big cauldron here and that's gonna go underneath the da pan ji. We've got three woks going right now of da pan ji. This is the soul for da pan ji. Wow. That is amazing. We're putting the chicken in. There's chicken, and I think... There's chicken and ginger in that wok, oh, and it's so hot. Here comes the chilies, look at those chilies. Wow, that is amazing. Chilies, peppercorn, it's all in there. Lots of chilies. Look at all the chilies in there. And then lots of potato. This is gonna be really good. A little water. It's going right on top of these beautiful hand-pulled noodles. That is incredibly beautiful. All that chili aroma. Wow. That is so Xi'an. Wow, look at this monster da pan ji. All of these big chunks of chicken, there's bell pepper, there's potato, and look at all the chilies, tons of chilies, it's gonna be spicy and Xi'an. There's a bit of daikon in there and ginger, and on the very bottom, there's all of those fat hand-pulled noodles. Wow. That is insanely Xi'an. Just look at all the sauce dripping down that noodle. It's so nice and peppery, it's very Xi'an. You got that rich, cinnamon-star anise kick, oh, and the noodles, they give you this soothing comfort feel. Oh, and it is the most heartwarming, soothing, spicy plate of noodles you'll ever have, and look, they're bringing out so many. That's insane. What a wonderful day that was. There is so many noodles to try here, and as you can see Xi'an is a true street food heaven. I hope you enjoyed this street food and travel video. Now you can come here and try some of these for yourself.