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Ningxianese in Beijing

Jeremy Osner | Apr 19, 2011 04:31 AM

We followed a tip from Time Out Beijing for dinner tonight and were absolutely thrilled with the outcome. XiXia Fengqing is a Ningxianese restaurant west of Dongsi Bei Dajie, on Xiguan Hutong. They have an English language menu, a simple menu divided into Noodle Dishes, Cold Dishes (mainly salads) and Hot Dishes -- we shared a noodle soup in lamb broth, fried gedo noodles (sort of like little gnocchi or spaetzle) with garlic shoots and lamb, and Mu shu lamb. (I'm not sure if every dish on the menu contained lamb; certainly a wide majority did. The menu claimed that all their lamb came from a farm in Ningxia province.) All three dishes were just outstanding; the soup is in the running for the best thing I've eaten on this trip. (Ellen and Sylvia both thought the gedo noodles were the best thing.) To drink we had the delicious "eight treasures" tea featuring goji berries and dried longan. The restaurant is listed uder Time Out's "Cheap Eats" heading and certainly lives up to the billing; our tab for an ample dinner for three was 67 元.

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