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Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew (Yangrou Paomo)

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Flatbread in Mutton Stew
Crumbled Flatbread (unleavened bread) in Mutton Stew, in Chinese, Yang Rou Pao Mo, is a local dish that is enjoyed throughout Shaanxi Province, particularly popular in Xian City as a traditional nourishing meal. Not only do the local people enjoy it on a regular basis, it is also often appreciated by visiting celebrities.

Crumbed, unleavened flatbread is soaked in highly seasoned mutton gravy, which makes the snack smell and taste great. When the weather is cold, this dish is a sure way to warm you up! Many restaurants in Xian serve Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew, but the best known one is the Lao Sun Jia, established in 1898 and the Tong Sheng Xiang where they have been serving excellent food for almost a century. Both are recommended if you wish to try this special dish.

How the Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew is served. The custom is unique and interesting. When you order the meal, you will be given a large bowl and a quantity of round, flat unleavened bread. The amount of bread depends entirely upon the size of your appetite! Yang Rou Pao Mo, Xian foodYou have to break the bread into small pieces so that it can absorb the flavor of the liquid. Be warned that the bread is hard and it will prove something of a test of strength for your fingers, but the smaller you break the pieces, the better the result. Once you have prepared your bread, you pass your bowl to the chef who will stir it into a pot of hot mutton soup. After some five to ten minutes, he will ladle the soup and bread back into your bowl with a quantity of mutton. Adding chili paste, caraway and a specially salted sweet garlic enhances the dish. These acts help to reduce the greasiness so often associated with mutton.

Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew might not sound as though it could become a favorite with you, but if you are seeking to experience something of the local food in western China, this is well worth a try. If you want to taste it at its best, remember to come to Xian.

 Well-Known Restaurants

 Lao Sun Jia (Xian Lao Sun's Restaurant)
Lao Sun Jia should be the most famous restaurant in Xian servicing the authentic beef/lamb stew of bread. Originally opened at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the long history has turned Lao Sun Jia a noted landmark of the ancient Xian City. Besides of the time-honored Pao Mo, the skillful cooks here also have created a series of tasty Moslem dishes. Additionally, the well-decorated restaurant is an ideal place for you to try the elaborate local snacks. However, nothing in the world in perfect, some customers also complain that the food’s flavor is not as good as they imagine but at a little high price.
Average cost: CNY30-50 per person

Many branches of Lao Sun Jia have been established these years. Here are some for your reference:
1. Dongguan branch: No.78, Dongguan Main Street, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 8, 22, 29, 33, 37, 43, 203, 218, 232, 300, K630 (get off at East Gate)
2. Duanlv Gate branch: 5F, BOX Fashion Shopping Center, crossing of Duanlv Gate, East Street, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 7, 8, 29, 43, 46, 203, 218, 251, 300, K605, Tourism Line 4 (get off at Duanlv Gate)
3. Xiwu Road branch: No. 26, Xiwu Road, Xincheng District
Bus routes: Nos. 4, 10, 11, 33, 102, 103, Tourism Line 8 (get off at Revolutionary Park)
4. Gaoxin branch: No.101, the Pedestrian Street of West Electronic City, Gaoxin District
Bus routes: Nos. 6, 205, 210, 212, 217, 312, 900, Educational Special Line (get off at Electronic Commercial City)
5. Yanta branch: No.8, C, the north square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Yanta District
Bus routes: Nos. 5, 19, 23, 30, 500, 606, Tourism Line 4, Line 6, Line 8 and Line 9 (get off at Big Wild Goose Pagoda)
6. Xiaozhai branch: 7th Floor, Xilv International Center, No. 215, Chang'an Middle Road, Yanta District
Bus routes: Nos. 14, 215, 229, 323, 521, 600, 603, 704, 716, K600, K605, K616, Educational Special Line (get off at Chang'an Overpass)
7. Dongyi Road branch: No.204, Dongyi Road, Yanta District
Bus routes: Nos. 212, 219, K605 (get off at Lie Shi Ling Yuan)

 Tong Sheng Xiang (Prosperity & Fortune Restaurant)
It has enjoyed the same fame with Lao Sun Jia for a long time. Its delicious Pao Mo has been listed in the Chinese Top Snacks in 1997. By the way, occupying the advantageous position in the city center, this two-storied building is always crowded by locals and travelers.
Other Specialities: various kinds of Moslem dishes, dumpling, and snack banquets
Average cost: CNY30-60 per person
Bell Tower branch: at the square of the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, No. 5, West Street, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 4, 6, 7, 12, 32, 43, 206, 215, 300, 600, 603, 608, Tourism Line 7 and Line 8, subway line 2 (get off at Bell Tower)
Shiyuan Road branch: No. 52, Shiyuan Road, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 8, 27, 43, 102, 300, K630, 903 (get off at the North Gate of the Xingqing Park)
Gaoxin branch: No. 34, Keji Road, Gaoxin District
Bus routes: Nos. 14, 34, 211, 217, 218, 219, 226, 308, 512, 604, 608, 721, K210 (get off at Yamei Mansion)
Xihe branch: No. 1, Laowei Road, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 6, 16, 35, 106, 205, 311, 506, 604, 900, K205, K631, Educational Special Line (get off at Taibai Road Overpass)

 Fang Shang Ren
Fang Shang Ren is also a time-honored Moslem restaurant focusing on the authentic Pao Mo. In fact, most of the locals prefer to visit here for its comfortable dining environment and delicious food at reasonable price.
Other Specialities: Moslem dishes, snacks
Average cost: CNY20-40 per person
Gaoxin branch: No. 1, the Pedestrian Street of the West Electronic City, Gaoxin District
Bus routes: Nos. 6, 205, 210, 212, 217, 312, 900, Educational Special Line (Electronic Commercial City)
South Laodong Road branch: No. 10, South Laodong Road, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 10, 24, 29, 40, 106, 107, Tourism Line 7 (get off at South Laodong Road)
Ziwei branch: No. 1, Commercial Corridor of Ziwei Pastoral City, Gaoxin District (in the north of Gaoxin International Kindergarten)
Bus routes: Nos. 324, 411, 525, 608, 716 (get off at Yiyuan Road)

 Lao Mi Jia Pao Mo Guan
If you are a gourmet to find the budget delicious food, this restaurant should not be missed. In Xian, the tastiest snacks also hide in the inconspicuous streets and lanes, such as the Lao Mi Jia Pao Mo which attracts a great number of locals, but travelers always feel difficult to find it from the bustling Muslim Quarter. Compared with the above time-honored restaurants, this small restaurant only serves customers the unique flavor Pao Mo at very reasonable price.

Tips: if you are willing to have a try here, it is suggested to get there as early as possible. Usually, food will be sold out after 15:00. By the way, don't expect too high of its service and you have to help yourself sometimes.
Average cost: CNY20-40 per person
Guangji Street branch: No. 83, the south end of North Guangji Street, Lianhu District
Bus routes: Nos. 15, 23, 32, 43, 201, 205, 218, 221, 251, 300, 302 (get off at Guangji Street)
Xiyangshi branch: No. 127, Xi Yang Shi, Beilin District
Bus routes: No. 702 (get off at Bei Yuan Men) or Nos. 4, 7, 15, 23, 32, 43, 45, 205, 215, 218, 221, 222, 252, 300, 604, K630 (get off at Guangji Street)
Anban Street branch: No. 589, East Street, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 6, 7, 11, 16, 32, 37, 118, 201, 215, 218, 221, 222, 252, K600, K630, subway line 2 (get off at Bell Tower)
Huancheng Road branch: No. 96, South Huancheng Road, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 6, 16, 224, 311, 402, 405, 502, 512, 608, 701, 706, 910, K706, K800 (get off at Small South Gate)

 Lao Liu Jia Pao Mo Guan
Not far from the above Lao Mi Jia, it also service economical Pao Mo all the year around.
Average cost: about CNY20 per person
Da Che Jia Xiang Street branch: No.101, North Guangji Street, Beilin District
Bus routes: Nos. 4, 7, 15, 32, 43, 45, 201, 215, 218, 221, 222, 251, 252, 300, 302, 604 (get off at Guangji Street)
Miaohou Street branch: No. 180, Miaohou Street, Lianhu District
Bus routes: Nos. 4, 7, 23, 31, 201, 215, 221, 222, 252, 302, 407, 604, 611, 612, K630 (get off at Qiao Zi Kou)
Lixin Street branch: No. 29, Lixin Street, Qingnian Road, Lianhu District
Bus routes: Nos. 703, 712 (get off at Yao Wang Dong)

 Lao Wu Jia Xiao Chao Pao Mo
Xiao Chao Pao Mo, known as Xiao Chao by locals, is a little different from Pao Mo. The bread pieces are fried with mutton/beef, adding some vegetables, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce. Lao Wu Jia is no wonder the most popular Moslem restaurant service Xiao Chao in Xian.
Average cost: about CNY20 per person
Location: No.91, Da Pi Yuan, the Muslim Quarter, Lianhu District
Bus routes: No. 702 (get off at Bei Yuan Men)

 Lao An Jia Shaanxi Di Yi Wan
It is located near Lao Mi Jia Pao Mo in the famous Muslim Quarter. It is suggested that you arrive there as early as possible.
Average cost: CNY25 per person
Location: middle section of Xi Yang Shi, Beilin District (in Muslim Quarter)
Bus routes: Nos. 4, 7, 15, 32, 45, 201, 205, 215, 221, 222, 251, 300, 302, 604 (get off at Guangji Street)

 Lao An Jia Pao Mo Guan
It is one of the most popular Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew brands in Xian. By now, there have been several branches in the city.
Average cost: over CNY20 per person
South Taoyuan Road branch: No. 58, South Taoyuan Road, Lianhu District
Bus routes: Nos. 2, 4, 15, 28, 106, 210, 211, 220, 251, 262, 324, 720, K800 (get off at Jinyuan Community)
Yongsong Road branch: Yongsong Road, Yanta District
Bus routes: Nos. 218, 258, 32, 106 (get off at Taibai Community)

 Yi Zhen Lou
It is often visited by locals for a breakfast or supper.
Average cost: CNY20 per person
Location: No. 18 Da Pi Yuan Street, at the south end of the Muslim Quarter, Beilin District
Bus routes: No. 702 (get off at Bei Yuan Men)

Apart from these noted restaurants, you can enjoy the Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew at many restaurants in the Muslim Quarter. There are also some distributing in the streets and lanes of the city, which may bring you more surprises.