Taste of Xi’an Wollongong

No web page or Facebook yet for this excellent addition to Wollongong’s eateries, though I note Edmund Rice College has already organised an excursion to it.

As part of their study of Chinese, Years 11 and 12 students are invited to experience an authentic Chinese meal of Rice Noodles (Liang Pi) at ‘Taste of Xi’an’ Restaurant in Wollongong…

 Students will order their own meal (in Chinese) and should bring $20.00 (approximately) with them to cover the cost of their meal…

That would well cover it. When Chris T and I road-tested Taste of Xi’an on Saturday this was my meal:

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Even the cash register is authentic!

We often forget that there is a great variety in Chinese cuisine. At Taste of Xi’an there was not a grain of rice to be seen in either meal we ordered. On the variety of Chinese cuisine — until recent years hard to be observed in Sydney (or Wollongong) see Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part One and Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part Two. The small but select menu at Taste of Xi’an features Shaanxi cuisine.

In China, Shaanxi cuisine is known for two rather distinct reasons. The first is the impressive use of usually unpopular ingredients like camel, mutton and bitter gourd; the other reason is the area’s snacks. Unsurprisingly, it’s the latter that’s come to Sydney. Pretty much all the Shaanxi or Xian (the capital of the region) restaurants in Sydney specialise in roujiamo (a doughy Chinese pita bread burger stuffed with fatty shredded pork), and liangpi (handmade cold noodles most often served with chilli oil, bean sprouts, cucumber and MSG). They’re usually eaten together along with an Ice Peak, a local Fanta-like soft drink.

And in somewhat eccentric English this blog informs us that Xi Jinping’s favourite food is from his native Shaanxi.

According to reports, when Xi Jinping Chairman Lien Chan and his wife entertained, there Seder steamed mutton, Hamburger, biang biang surface, Liang Pi , which steamed mutton, Hamburger, biangbiang surface is made ​​by a chef in Beijing…

Here are the “burger” and a couple of other Shaanxi dishes similar to Taste of Xi’an’s offerings.

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Family history project finished!

For the past month I have been compiling a series of posts, mainly from 2015 but with quite a few interpolations, tracing aspects of the journeys of my Whitfield ancestors from Ireland and my Christison ancestors from Scotland. You can begin simply by going to Neil’s Family Specials and Memory Hole and scrolling down for as long as you like!

Sydney was a tad different c.1815:

C 359 Joseph Lycett's painting of Natives and the North Shore of Sydney Harbour, courtesy of Mitchell Library.lightbox

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