I went to China last summer with relatives, specifically the city of Xian (where the terra cotta soldiers are). We were lucky to have a local drive us around & give us tours of the area for the 3 days we were there. We had some really great food too! It's probably a long shot to find something comparable here, but you guys seem so knowledgable I might as well try.
A lot of the food we had there was Muslim-influenced, hence a lot of lamb dishes (and spices like cumin probably). One of the staples seems to be a bready biscuit-shaped thing (called "mo"). Upon further research via google, it seems it is a sort of flatbread/unleavened bread.
One way of eating it, they give you a bowl and the muo not quite completely cooked. You break it up into small pieces yourself, give it back to them, and they cook it in a soup with lamb meat. This is a description that I found on another forum: "The main dish of Xian is the Yang rou Pao mo, which I really enjoy, but opinions differ. It is a lamb based soup with a bread (something like naan) that you break up into the bowl, then they take it back to the kitchen and add the meat, noodles, and soup stock."
Another dish I had is "rou jia mo" which is literally "meat stuffed mo". The lamb meat was chopped up into small pieces, cooked spicy (the kind of spicy where the orange-colored-oil oozes out and drips everywhere), and put in a yummy mo. Here's another description i found: "Rou Jia Mo, finely chopped pork pressed between two halves of a solid steamed bun. Xi'an's answer to the hamburger makes a perfect snack on the run, but you can almost feel your arteries clogging up as you wolf it down."
Apparently, these are 2 of the dishes Xian is most famous for (they're both in the Wikipedia entry for Xian).
Heh, sorry for the rambling. ^_^ But yeah...just wondering if any of you guys know a place with food like this.