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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, February 2004

Get A Feeling For The Northern Frontier At Xinjiang Barbeque

Xinjiang Barbeque
25, Lane 160, Sec. 1, DunHua S. Rd.
(02) 8771-8001
Trading hours: 5.30pm-12 midnight
Credit cards accepted; 10% service charge

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Get A Feeling For The Northern Frontier At Xinjiang Barbeque


By Josie Wu
Translated by Wendy Su

      On entering this restaurant, you'll see a massive canvas sign bearing the name Xinjiang Barbeque. The flowing water design and Mongolian wall paintings draw many people in, and the ambience of this establishment will make you feel as if you were at the frontiers of China.

   In Xinjiang there is an old proverb: "Without meat, you'll lose weight in three days; without tea, you'll get ill in one day." Fennel tea is served here, and the welcoming waitstaff will explain why it is special. Fennel tea has a subtle aroma, and can wash away the grease in oily foods. It is a daily beverage for nomads, and has a reputation as a natural healer. Fenu (Fennel) originated from Iran, has a rich aromatic fragrance, and removes the smell of lamb meat. It is thus an ideal drink when eating lamb, and is an indispensable ingredient in nomad cooking.

   The inhabitants of Xinjiang call onion "Pi-ya-zi." By mixing shredded frozen onion and fennel powder and sauce, the stinging taste is lost. Another popular pan-fried appetizer, Amber Quadro (NT$150) consists of honeydew melon, raisins, asparagus, and chili. After a couple of appetizers, the 10 Lamb Skewers In A Pot Roasted In Fennel will allow you to experience the hospitality of the frontier. Different types of lamb, beef, and pork skewers, and even vegetables, are roasted with fennel. Cow's Stomach Skewer (NT$110) has a special dairy aroma.

   Tianshan Lotus Braised With Turtledove (NT$350) is based around the rare Tianshan Lotus, which grows around 3,500 meters above sea level. This dish can stimulate one's circulation, and reduce rheumatic pains. The Plateful Of Chicken (NT$180) is a popular Xinjiang dish prepared by frying tender meat dry chili. This dish gives off a grassy and fruity fragrance. Handful Of Rice (NT$80), also called nutritious rice, is deliciously pan fried with lamb.

   Remember to check out the dessert and beverage menu. Snowflake Melon (NT$65), made from red-bean paste fried with honeydew melon, is a trademark dessert that will melt in your mouth. Kiss Of The West Persimmon (NT$80) is prepared by mixing tomato with milk and honey.

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