It was Friday morning when I jumped in the car with my photo gear, despite the gloomy and chilly weather, that I decided I had to see this market for myself. I’ve seen the reviews in various guides, seen the photos of coal (yups, not charcoal) grilled lamb kebabs, flat breads and spicy lamb soup sold by vendors over there. What better things to do in a chilly Shanghai weather like this than to wander around in one of the best street food area, chewing on the succulent lamb kebabs and slurping steaming hot lamb soup….
Lamb kebab vendor – he set up his stall quite early while every body else was still assembling their tents. Xinjiang kebabs are usually quite spicy, seasoned with chili powder, salt, black pepper and zire (cumin).
Flat breads (or nang) is a staple in Xinjiang food. Some people use it to wrap the kebabs with and eat it like a sandwich. Although they also eat rice called “pilaf” – cooked with sliced carrots and muttons. Since it was still quite early in the morning, the pilaf was served with 6 pieces of steaming hot lamb dumplings. A bit bland for my taste though…..
Everything is about lamb and lamb. Mind you, it is true that Xinjiang has the best lamb dish, probably in the world in my opinion.
Muslim Street Food Market:
1328 Changde Lu, near Aomen Lu – Yichang Lu
Every Friday, 11am till finish
View map here http://g.co/maps/8jumy