Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Dunhuang means magnificent

Dunhuang is a famous tourist city, located at the western end of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province in northwest of China. It is the major stop on the ancicent Silk Road.  Dunhuang was always the capital of county, government office, town and province even though the government of Dunhuang changed many times. It is the last city that I spent in Gansu Province, China.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

The main staple food in Dunhuang is wheat flour noodles instead of rice. Usually noodles are served with lamb, beef and chicken. These were the food that I ate in Dunhuang.

Camel Hoof on Silk Road – Highlight!

We were quite shocked when the Camel Hoof arrived at our table. We were told is actually tendon and highly nutritious. The hoof is hard to find and very precious. In ancient time, only the Emperors were able to taste this dish. The camel hoof was braised with tofu at the bottom. The texture is similar to sea cucumber.  White fried beehoon were used as decoration to represent the sand dunes desert. White beehoon can be eaten too, quite crispy.  We did not finish the dish as most people in our table weren’t brave enough to taste it.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Roast Mini Chicken

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Pork Ribs

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Eggplants with Green Pepper

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Tofu with Green and Red Chili

The tofu here is also cooked together with green pepper and red chili, may be just for the sake of their beautiful colors.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Vegetable Soup

The soup tasted very starchy which I don’t really prefer.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Steam Chicken with Ginger

This dish is similar to our Singapore chicken rice chicken.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Vegetable Rolls

The filling were mainly vegetables, such as carrot and bean sprout.  I am not sure what kind of skin these were, probably made from bean curd skin.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Beef Skewers

This is like what we called “Satay” in Singapore and Malaysia, but without the peanut sauce for you to dip with. The skewers in Dunhuang are marinated with it special sauces, a little spicy and plenty of spice.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Big bird in Stone Dish

The meat used is goose which was very soft.  Cooked with green pepper, chili, onion and plenty of pebbles. Interesting.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Dunhuang  Lamian Noodles

The Dunhuang Lamian tasted spicy and the noodles are hand pulled. Broth was tasty if is boiled with beef.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Pork Belly Bun

First we notice the bun shape looks like a shell, quite pretty.  The pork belly was extremely fat! The slice of pork are too thin.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Steam Sticky Rice Ball

I like this dish a lot, the rice ball was steam and it is very soft when you bite it.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Steam Dish

This is the super healthy dish, everything in this plate is steam so it is super clean diet.  It consists of sweet corn, sweet potato, carrot, potato and Chinese Yam / Shan Yao.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Hong Shao Fish

The fish in Dunhuang is river fish so be careful of the tiny bones when you eat the fish.  River fish also has a very strong taste which I don’t prefer.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Mushroom & Pop Corn Dish

Quite surpise to find popcorn are served together with the braised mushroom.  The popcorn tasted sweet.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Apricot Peel Water – Highlight

In Dunhuang one of the drink you needed to drink is Apricot Peel Water. The taste is sweet and a little sour, making you feel extremely cool especially in the hot weather.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Sculpture in Dunhuang, depicting an Apsara playing the pipa behind her back /反弹琵琶

In Dunhuang city, there is the iconic sculpture, Fetian – the flying Apsara who played the “pipa” at her back, a unique dance moved found in walls of  Magao Gottoes.

Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review

Final Thoughts :

The one dish I can remember from the food in Dunhuang is – Camel Hoof Silk Road.  It makes even harder for me to try this after an hour of camel riding  in the Crescent Moon Lake / Yueyaquan in the afternoon.  I pluck up the courage  and tried a tiny bite since it is the most famous dish in Dunhuang.

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21 Replies to “Silk Road China : Dunhuang Food Review”

  1. The noodles look super tasty! I wouldn’t have been brave enough to try camel hoof. I won’t even eat chicken feet!

    1. Dear Marciemcheung,

      The noodles in Dunhuang Silk Road China is one of the important food, people here eat more noodles than rice. People in the north of China usually take more flour that made into noodles, bun or made dumplings and less rice.
      Yes, you are right chicken feet is another Chinese delicacy found in most dim sum places!

    1. Dear Nicole,

      Thanks for your comment. Not only the food in Dunhuang is interesting, there are few attractions in Dunhuang which are quite stunning as well, such as Mogao Caves and Yueyaquan / Crescent Moon Lake. If you are doing Silk Road China, Dunhuang is one of the most most important town not to be missed!!

    1. Dear Shannon,

      The beef skewers and noodles are the two important dish in Gansu China. People in north of China usually eat noodles and less rice. Beef skewers because of the nearby culture from Xinjiang, just next door so people in Dunhuang, Gansu also eat beef skewers.

  2. The food looks so well presented and delicious. This looks like an amazing spot to visit and enjoy great company and food.

    1. Dear Tara,
      The food here certainly look very well presented. However, some of us are so scare to taste the food and asked frequently what kind of meat they used for cooking the dish. All are edible and luckily there is no worm and insects used.

    1. Dear Malanie,
      Thanks for your comment. Both history and food are my top favorite thing to do during my tour. From their food culture, you also get a lot of background history of these people.

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