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Zhangyang Lu
Xibei Youmian Cun

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First published on 29 Jun 2012. Updated on 19 Aug 2015.
Professionally run national chain with hearty North-Eastern cuisine in Jinqiao

Polished rustic. Professional countryside. These are the themes of this chain serving up scrumptious, mighty portions of Xibei cuisine, and already whipping up crowds at their latest branch in Jinqiao's sprawling new Life Hub Mall. The dining room showcases modernised versions of indigenous crafts like giant paper cuts and shadow puppets in light boxes. Waitresses wear pigtails and cute red Chinese smocks, taking orders on wireless PDAs.

Xibei, the lesser known neighbour cuisine of Dongbei, is an amalgam of Inner Mongolian, Hebei and Shanxi dishes. For spice, there's generous cumin, garlic, vinegar and sesame, the meat is overwhelmingly lamb, and popular starches are oat flour noodles and millet.

The 'self-made fresh tofu' (26RMB) served still wrapped in damp cheesecloth is the freshest you may ever have, and you can taste a bright purity in the mild, delicate texture. It's deliciously complemented by an intense dipping sauce of black vinegar, garlic, chilli and scallions.

Wheat gluten in vinaigrette (19RMB) is a crisp mix of cucumber, red cabbage, sprouts, celery, and carrots in a vinaigrette with sesame, cilantro and chillies. The top quality Mongolian boiled lamb (58RMB) offers big meaty bones served au naturale.Stewed beef over a slow fire (42RMB) is a delicious melange of unctuous braised beef and carrot slices.

Fish-shaped oat strips en casserole (29RMB), a signature dish, are little hand rolled noodles with a bouncy texture in a glowing red soup with juicy bits of lamb and soft potato. This broth becomes something great with the addition of a splash of vinegar and a sprinkling of salt.

For dessert, the steamed yellow rice cake (20RMB) is a unique version of babaofan with sticky rice layered with bean paste, then made wonderfully floral with a coating of osmanthus syrup from the candy-sweet yellow flowers. Pair it with a jug of thick and tart housemade yoghurt (9RMB).

You cant go wrong with a single hearty dish on this book-thick menu, illustrating why this national chain with 23 branches links Hohhot all the way down to Shenzhen.

Crystyl Mo


11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm Mon-Thur; 11am-2.30pm, 4.30-9.30pm Fri-Sun

Telephone 5875 2999

Metro Jinqiao Lu

English address Fourth Floor, Unit 1, Jinqiao International Business Square, 3611 Zhangyang Lu, Pudong

Chinese address 浦东张杨路3611弄金桥国际商业广场1座4楼, 近金桥路


Posted by : Jessica on 2015-2-13 16:55:27
daowei, I don't think you understand what 'neigbour cuisine' means. Check the dictionary before you judge.
Posted by : daowei on 2015-2-12 23:51:18
Never been there myself, I'd just like to comment on the writer of this review's geographical knowledge (or lack thereof). "Xibei, the lesser known neighbour cuisine of Dongbei, is an amalgam of Inner Mongolian, Hebei and Shanxi dishes..." I'm sorry, but I couldn't help but scoff. Xibei means "northwest" and is completely on the other side of the country, it is not the "neighbor" of the dongbei region. Xibei cuisine typically consists of Xnjiang, some Mongolian, and some Gansu dishes-- often tasting somewhat like Middle Eastern food (hence all the lamb and yogurt). Next time you might want to do a little research on the type of cuisine you're reviewing, you might find it beneficial to have a frame of reference so you know what it's supposed to taste like (and so you don't sound like a jackass).



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