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 noodles are 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- some bowls have just one super-long noodle!
While these traditionally originated in Xian, they are no longer as popular as they used to be with locals. Chefs don’t like to prepare traditional biang biang noodles because they are difficult to cook evenly, and many patrons think they are too messy to eat compared to the hundreds of other options in the market. However, you can still find shops selling the old-school version along Muslim Street in the city center, including the a local Muslim family’s shop that we feature on our Xian Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk.