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The heritage of Xi’an cuisine is as old and varied as its terracotta army. The city, which has witnessed trades and reigns of different times, now serves as a melting pot of different culture and cuisine. A visit to Xi’an’s Muslim street is a whirlwind of flavor, texture, and spices. In Beijing, Country Kitchen has brought the ancient capital’s kitchen alive with the help of their Chef de Cuisine Leo Chai and their limited time only Xi’an menu (until November 30).
Country Kitchen has a charming rustic ambiance with its open grilling station, brick walls, and wooden furniture.
After a glass of cucumber soda (¥45), which refreshed our minds and palate, we dug into a braised airdried beef with spicy sauce (¥68). It wasn’t as spicy as it looked but complemented the meat in every way. Next up was beef jelly (¥68) with a hint of spiciness and an incredible texture. Then, it was our turn to taste Chef Leo’s yi pin broth (¥1,680). The delicately flavored broth is made from fish lips, deer tendon, turtle skirt, scallops, abalone, sea cucumber, quail eggs, various mushrooms, and herbs. It was a curious mixture and no doubt an adventurous one , but we can vouch for its rich flavor, texture, and appearance.
The Xi’an menu at Country Kitchen offers 30 unique dishes. The lamb leg roasted in the traditional method (¥680) was succulent and tasted better with the assortment of pickled garlic and roasted cumin powder. We could not leave the place without tasting traditional Xi’an food like roujiamo (¥50 for two), and double-boiled Xi’an mutton glass noodle (¥120), which transported us to Muslim Street.
The other traditional dish that reminded us of grandma’s cooking is their Changan four treasure (¥280), which features four recipes served together: steamed chicken, steamed beef, and steamed pork balls. The last delicacy was the mildly sweet glutinous rice with dry fruit in every bite (¥120).
Simply put, Country Kitchen is a mustvisit beautiful culinary journey.
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