Xinjiang Cuisine Menu

Xinjiang CuisineThe region of Xinjiang in northwest China is traditionally home to ethnic Muslim peoples like the Uighur (pronounced wee-ger), so there is no pork or carnivorous animals on the menu. Being a region with lots of pasture, sheep features on top of the menu. Xinjiang is also famous for its fruit, particularly dried fruit.

Despite Xinjiang being the furthest region in the world from the sea, and the Taklamakan Desert covering a large portion of the land area, Xinjiang has tall mountain ranges. These draw rainfall and lead to fertile mountain fringes, where the invention of underground irrigation has led to the cultivation of some of China's best food.

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Xinjiang Cuisine

English Chinese Pronunciation Characters
Garlic Mutton dàsuàn yángròu Daa-swann yang-roh 大蒜羊肉
Crispy Sheep Leg xiāng sū yáng tuǐ Sshyang soo yang tway 香酥羊腿
Roast Mutton Chops kǎo yángpái Kaoww yang-peye 烤羊排
Mutton and Pilau Rice yángròu zhuāfàn Yang-roh jwaa-fan 羊肉抓饭
Xinjiang Big Plate Chicken Xīnjiāng dàpán jī Sshyin-jyang daa pan jee 新疆大盘鸡
Borscht (Beetroot Soup) luó sòng tāng Lwor song tung 罗宋汤
Almond Crackers xìngrén sū bǐng Sshying-rnn soo bing 杏仁酥饼
Braised Masked Palm Civet hóngshāo guǒzilí Hong-shaoww gwor-dzrr-lee 红烧果子狸

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