I took a trip up to Xi'an and Guangzhou during Easter. A friend from Xi'an kindly asked her cousin to give me a tour of the city. Thanks to her I was able to get into the famous ShangXi History museum (free entrance, which means an impossibly looooong line). Another friend of hers turned out to be a Chinese muslim with 500 yrs roots in Xi'an so they took me to a few Chinese muslim restaurants as well.
The Muslim district in Xi'an is the center for tourist actions right behind the drum tower. We went to the Grand Mosque (~1000 yrs) and then Mr Jia III's Soup Dumpling (GuanTang Baozi) on the tourist main throughfare. The soup dumpling were pretty good but what's really wonderful was the sweet 8 treasure congee. This place reminds me of those state-owned establishments so expectation for service from the waitstaff should be minimal.
Then I took the food pilgrim around the area the next few days- Muslim side: Lamb soup soaked Mo, Mr Fan's Rou Jia Mo (Chinese burger) on the non-muslim side of the drum tower, and some random noodle places in the neighborhood.
Guangzhou was only a stop over for a day on the way back to SG. I only went to Guangzhou Restaurant - my parent had fond memories of the place decades ago. The place looked promising - many retirement-age ladies gathering with family and friends. And the food didn't disappoint. I had olive conch soup and cumin grilled neck muscles. The other items on the menue looked nice too. Will head back to try more when opportunities arise.