Halal Street Food Journey To Islamic China on the Ancient Silk Road

Halal Street Food Journey To Islamic China on the Ancient Silk Road

Alright guys check it out It’s Trevor James I am in the Chengdu railway station Take a look at this And we are beginning a 4000 km journey into the west of China In Xinjiang province Coming up on this episode of the food ranger A hand pulled noodle lesson And some of the friendliest locals that I’ve ever chatted with But first, a train ride on one of China’s oldest legacy trains Today we are taking a 24 hour train ride into Qinghai province The capital city of Xining It’s going to be so good We are going to get into this crazy line up Look at this On the way to the Silk Road There is a lot of people here lined up This is going to be a trip of a lifetime Here we are Isn’t that beautiful Awesome! Trains are one of the true joys of traveling They need your passport Oh Here we go guys This is what trains in China are all about You have top middle and bottom x2 So six people Six people per row I think this is ours Is this ours Ting? These two middles right here Perfect You can just chill out Look out the window And enjoy the scenery There is nothing like it Since I was a child I have had a constant dream to travel from Xi’an, China’s ancient capital All the way along the Silk Road to Istanbul overland by train, bus, and no airplanes Today, at 28, I begin the first leg From Chengdu to Kashgar overland Our first destination is Xining The capital of Qinghai With a large population of muslim Hui Chinese and Tibetans You’ll fall in love with these long train rides You can just chill out and watch the world go by OK Alright This looks pretty bad actually Let’s get into it Let’s see what we have here It looks like we have some rice with some fake ham And a few dishes This looks like fried pork with smoked tofu and some celery This looks like a baigua So a sweet and sour baigua And here is some fried pork with cabbage It’s acceptable Just to look at this and all the beautiful scenery out the window There is nothing like it Coming to Sichuan, you will be happy taking the train I really don’t want to try that That looks so bad I’m just going to put that aside OK, I will try it That is bad It’s really It tastes really fake So we just got to Lanzhou What a great ride We have been riding the train about 21-22 hours Lanzhou is the land of the hand pulled noodles, if you remember from my last video Oh yeah! Those were the best hand pulled noodles I’ve ever had Now we are coming out for a little stretch And we are going to make the last 3 hours to Qinghai As you make your way into Qinghai province The landscape becomes drier, more gray and brown And you will begin seeing mosques all along the way Alright guys, it’s been 24 hours, it’s been a great ride And now we are arriving to Xining Are you pumped for a nice meal Ting? Yeah Yeah, its going to be great Let’s go see what we can find Look at this Everyone is lining up to get out We are finally here in Xining And we are going to go find some food It feels good to move around After walking around Xining It felt like a whole new world The insane amount of noodle shops will blow you away With so much selection We just walked into a random one to try them out So we found a noodle joint Take a look at these beautiful hand pulled noodles going right in Oh you gotta put a little oil on your hands So we are learning to make hand pulled noodles here Clearly I don’t know what I’m doing But clearly That is part of the fun I have no idea what I’m doing Look, one side here is thin and one is thick It’s quite a skill Yeah this is pro I ordered the cumin beef and hand pulled noodles A personal favorite that you will fall in love with on your first bite A deliciously spicy and cumin packed beef or lamb stir fry Is placed over top of steaming hand pulled noodles and served You’ll fall in love for sure Look at that Hand pulled noodles with cumin beef with bell peppers It’s full of cumin and chili And that is, wow look at those noodles You just know that these are going to pack a real strong cumin spicy flavor My mouth is literally watering after that huge train ride I am starving Wow That strong cumin spice And the beef is tender and the onions give it a nice nice slight touch of fragrant sweetness There is nothing like hole in the wall hand pulled noodles And this is just the start of our journey to Xinjiang I think what I’m going to do here is add a little chili oil This looks a little different from Sichuan chili oil It has a lot more chilies and less oil Which is probably going to be even better And mix that into the noodles Yes this is totally worth that 24 hour train ride So we are just rolling in the taxi here And just looking out the window it’s just like non stop qingzhen halal food This is just getting me so excited There is going to be so much good food to try After that delicious street lunch We took a taxi around And found another random hole in the wall for dinner To have an early dinner and allow extra hunger room for the next day of feasting in Xining So we just took a taxi And stopped here at this beautiful mosque Let’s cross the street And we’ve found this neighborhood It looks like there is tons and tons of Qingzhen halal food places all over This is so exciting This is super local We are going to find some good food back here Let’s go deep Look at all these halal restaurants back here This guy is getting a straight shave Deep neighborhood here Awesome! Wow look at this! This is really cool to come in here I feel like I am in a totally different world And people are friendly So friendly! Wow, I’m really excited! Oh, the liangpi! Sliced mung bean jelly I ordered a classic liangfen jelly noodle covered in sesame paste Garlic, vinegar, salt, green onions, mustard, and chili sauce It was to die for! Wow that looks beautiful! Oh, look at that with all those chilies on top And then one zongzi, which is sticky rice And then I think this is a sugar A liquid sugar, with sesame Look at this liangpi Mung bean jelly noodles Green onions and peanuts, vinegar, I think there is some garlic water in there My mouth is really watering Oh yeah! The green onion flavor and the garlic flavor is really strong And all the fresh chili oil Oh yeah With the doufu That is really nice Liangpi jelly noodles! Sticky rice, with liquid sugar and black sesame on top That looks really good, lets try that Oh yeah That is ultra sweet Very wet Almost a little sloppy But so satisfying A new world here And this is just the start of our journey That was just amazing That liangpi, sour mustard flavor Spicy and heavenly and this is the area we are going to be exploring tomorrow So stay tuned for the next episode We had a wonderful trip on the train Please let me know down below if you enjoyed this style of video We are going to do more of these blogs Click that like button And subscribe to this channel if you haven’t already Thanks a lot guys This is such a cool area we are going to explore


0 thoughts on “Halal Street Food Journey To Islamic China on the Ancient Silk Road”

  • The Food Ranger says:

    HUGE THANKS to ExpressVPN for offering all Food Ranger viewers 3 months free and 49% off their yearly package using this link: https://ExpressVPN.com/Thefoodranger . Travelers need ExpressVPN to stay safe online and to unblock any site. I personally use it for Netflix, even while at home in Canada, but also while traveling to unblock content and episodes that are geoblocked, and I also use it for security, because airport wifi and hotel wifi is often very insecure, leaving my data vulnerable. By connecting to one of their servers around the world, it’s just like my computer or phone is in that location, and all data sent while connected to their VPN is secure, safe, and private from others to see, so I know that my data won’t be hacked or looked at by others. Thanks so much for watching, and we have tons more videos coming up for you! Please leave me a comment below letting me know what you thought about this episode, thanks so much!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *