Top 5: Best Noodles in Xian

In Xian, Noodles are King! You won’t find rice in these parts, it’s all about noodles and they come in every shape, size and flavor. Walking through the streets in any area of the city will show you just how serious local people take their noodles, and you’ll only find hand-made noodles here. As you explore, you’ll see shops pulling fresh dough into long strands of noodles and cooking them made to order. Shops selling factory made noodles don’t survive in noodle country.

So get ready and make sure you try our list of the Best Noodles in Xian!

Updated November 25, 2016

1. Biang Biang Noodles

Best Noodles in Xian
This is where it all began! “Biang” is the most complex Chinese character in the entire language, and you won’t find it in a dictionary because it only exists in the streets of Xian. Biang Biang noodles are named after the sound made when the large belt-like noodle dough is slapped against the counter as they are pulled. The result is an extremely long, thick noodle topped with chili, pork and vegetables like carrots, potato and greens. Don’t forget your camera as it’s likely the longest noodle you’ll ever have!

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Name: Lóuběilóu Fànzhuāng (楼北楼饭庄)
Location: Located at the north end of the main Muslim street, this is both convenient and delicious!
Address: 131 Beiyuanmen
Tell Your Taxi Driver: 莲湖区 北院门131号
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2.Cold Noodles (凉皮)

Best Noodles in Xian
There’s no doubt you’ll see bowls filled with shiny white noodles as you meander through Xian’s streets and restaurants. These chilled noodles can be made with either rice or wheat flour and are doused in a bright red chili sauce and topped with bean sprouts before served. This dish is equally iconic as Xian’s Chinese Burgers which are often enjoyed hand-in-hand, literally.

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Note: You can find this dish readily available almost anywhere in town. They are pretty standard, so don’t worry about where you get them. The shop mentioned below is one of our favorites because they the noodles are made to order and can be served either hot or chilled.
Name: Ruyii Xiao Chi (如意小吃)
Location: Located outside of the west city wall.
Address: Tietasi Bei Jie
Tell Your Taxi Driver: 莲湖区铁塔寺北街汽车配件一厂家属院旁
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You’ll also get to have a try of these special noodles during your Xian Evening Tour!

3. Spinach Noodles (绿菜面)

Best Noodles in Xian
In ancient times, emperors used expensive Chinese medicinal herbs when preparing dishes which gave them a green color. In an effort to be like royalty, the locals did the same using more readily available ingredients like spinach. The result is a beautiful green color, topped with a spicy chili sauce, meat and vegetables.

Lost Plate Recommendation: You’ll have to join our Xian Evening Tour to find our favorite spot for these incredible noodles!

4. Oil Splashed Noodles (油泼面)

Best Noodles in Xian
This one is for all of your senses! As if fresh hand-pulled noodles made to order isn’t enough, these noodles are topped with dried chili flakes. Hot oil is then poured on top which causes the chili to sizzle while creating a thick chili sauce that soaks throughout the bowl. It’s almost as amazing to watch as it is taste, and the shop mentioned below is a true hidden gem.

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Name: This place doesn’t actually have a name, but it’s known locally as Dried Skin Noodle (皮干面)
Location: From the Hanguanmen gate at the south wall, ead north on Tianshujin Jie. Take a right on Bingjiao Xiao and walk about 100 meters. The shop will be on your right.
Tell Your Taxi Driver: 含光门里,甜水井往北,冰窖巷里50米
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5. Goat Noodles (羊肉面)

Best Noodles in Xian
Anything prepared with meat broth tastes better, and these noodles are no exception. Long, hand-pulled strands of spaghetti-like noodles are prepared with a seasoned and slightly spicy meat broth and large chunks of boneless goat meat. You have to trust us on this one, the rich broth tastes incredible and you’ll probably end up following our recommendation to order extra meat because it’s just that good.

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Name: Wángèr Yángròu Miànguǎn (王二羊肉面馆)
Location: From the southwest corner of the city wall, head south on Taibai North Road for one city block, and then head west on Daxue South Road. After one block, the road will end and the shop will be on the west side of the road across the street.
Address: The intersection of Daxue Nan Lu and Xigongda Lu
Tell Your Taxi Driver: 大学南路与西工大路的路口
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