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Biang Biang Mian

First time having Shaanxi cuisine. Shaanxi is located in northwestern China. Ordered some of the popular Shaanxi dishes. Nothing fancy, more peasant food which is how I like it.

rou jia muo (pork chinese burger)

Biang biang mian. Mian meaning noodles. This was the main dish I wanted to try. It is a traditional street food. The noodles are flat and wide and long but thin. Toppings included minced pork, tomato with egg and green vegetables. A rather simple dish.

stirred. I quite like the taste. A bit salty and oily and slightly spicy It was filling though.

pan fried chives dumpling

learned a bit about the biang character when researching about biang biang mian.

from Wikipedia

Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character for “biáng” is one of the most complex Chinese characters in contemporary usage, although the character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary.
The character is composed of 言 (speak) in the middle flanked by 幺 (tiny) on both sides. Below it, 馬 (horse) is similarly flanked by 長 (grow). This central block itself is surrounded by 月 (moon) to the left, 心 (heart) below, 刂 (knife) on the right, and 八 (eight) above. These in turn are surrounded by a second layer of characters, namely 宀 (roof) on the top and 辶 (walk) curving around the left and bottom.
Because the Chinese character for “biáng” cannot be entered into computers (the character has not been added to Unicode), phonetic substitutes like Chinese: 彪彪面; pinyin: biāo biāo miàn) or Chinese: 冰冰面; pinyin: bīng bīng miàn) are often used.

An interesting video by The Food Ranger showing us some of the popular Xian food. This video will form part of my preparation when I go to Xian.

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