Xinjiang Stone Oven Naan

From the Xinjiang province, this traditional bread is made in a stone oven.

TravelCurious Tip

If you order a kebab, ask the vendor to heat up a naan while they’re at it. Then put the kebab in, fold the naan and take the stick out and you have a lamb burger!

Xinjiang is the westernmost province of China, a vast and barren but beautiful region of deserts and mountains. Pressed up against neighbouring countries like Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and once along the route of the ancient Silk Road, it is home to many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people.

The Uyghurs are a Muslim Chinese people. They make up about half the population of Xinjiang which, although it is part of China, bears many Turkish and Central Asian characteristics. The Uyghurs have migrated to all regions of China in search of work, and many have opened restaurants, spreading Xinjiang’s cuisines and its non-Chinese influences across the country. Almost everywhere in China you can find Xinjiang lamb kabobs being roasted over coals, but perhaps even more ubiquitous is the Xinjiang naan, a flat disk of bread baked in a large stone oven, the inner wall of which is salted.

Uyghur food is very varied, but the naan is a mainstay. It is served with soups, kebabs, stews, and often by itself before the rest of the meal even reaches the table. Along with tea, it is a sort of ritualistic tradition — think tea and crumpets. Sometimes you get it for breakfast too, with kefir or yoghurt with raisins.

Nearby Attractions

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Xiao long bao
A type of steamed bun stuffed with meat and cooked in a bamboo steaming basket.
Sheng jian bao
Similar to the Xiao long bao, these dumplings are pan fried and dangerously delicious.
Xie ke huang
A pastry shaped like a crab shell. It is a speciality in the region and comes with a variety of fillings.
Chang shou mian
Handmade wheat noodles that have become a staple chinese food.
Stir fried bull frog
Ramp up the adventure with this popular local dish cooked in green peppers.
Deep fried Wonton
Delicious pork dumplings deep-fried and served with vinegar.

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