Xi’an Food Bar : : Obscure Bites

If you can manage to navigate the prehistoric ordering system, which involves punching item numbers into an oversized handheld calculator, you’re in for a real treat here.

 

Xi’an Food Bar is really, really good. The food is authentic and delicious; the kind of food you want to ‘gram the hell out of, showing off your underground knowledge of grungy local eateries. But alas, your photos end up bathed in an un-filterable yellow hue because of the crappy overhead lighting, and the plastic-covered tables don’t make for a great backdrop either. So yeah, that then leads me to the ambience, of which there is none. The same goes for the service, but I find you get what you give with this prime Chinese haunt, a smile or a xie xie – “thank you,” can go a long way. Or not.

 

x1

Imagery courtesy of David Straight, Eat Here Now

 

Xi’an (pronounced shee-an) is the capital city of China’s Shaanxi province, an area with a strong Muslim influence. Xi’an is known for its Terracotta Warriors, but more importantly, imo, for its rou jia mo – literally “meat sandwich.” The Chinese know how to keep it OG: Freshly baked bread resembling a sort-of pita pocket, stuffed with juicy, tender, perfectly spiced meat. My eating companion and I ordered one of these each, referred to on the menu as the Chinese Burger with Cumin Lamb ($4.50). There are few other flavours, but the lamb is easily the best. Uh, yes, I have tried them all. We also went for the Hand-Pulled Noodles with Xi’an Style Braised Pork ($9.50), and the oh-so descriptive Cucumber Salad with Sauce ($6.50). FYI - this was way too much food for the two of us, my future self would probably order less, but then again, my future self doesn’t have a great track record of learning from her previous consumption mistakes.
Photo Cred: David Straight (Eat Here Now)

 

The cucumber with soy, chili, and garlic is a Chinese favourite of mine, and added a nice freshness to an otherwise pretty meaty meal (she says, pretending she follows a balanced diet). The noodles, though, were easily the highlight; hand-pulled in the open kitchen by the resident ayi, they were firm, saucy, and frustratingly long, but the same lady who pulled them will also cut them up for you, if you ask nicely. These babies are up there with my top three bowls of noodles of all time, the other two being from the PRC itself.

 

The price, like the service, was pretty forgettable at a cool $20.50 for two people, including tea – they don’t have an alcohol or BYO license, but the noodles totally make up for it. There are other branches of Xi’an Food Bar, though the Anzac Ave branch is the best I have tried, and definitely worth braving the suits of the CBD for.

 

Xi’ain’t bad really.

Xi’an Food Bar

11 Anzac Avenue, Auckland CBD

11 comments

  1. Isis 25 July, 2016 at 19:43 Reply

    You likely will not desire to purchase it there although you can now
    locate Garcinia Cambogia in vitamin stores and department stores.

  2. Ladonna 26 July, 2016 at 13:27 Reply

    Dr. Oz is disgusted by unscrupulous Internet scammers who sell bogus weight
    loss pills by falsely claiming he’d endorsed their merchandises.

  3. senuke vps 27 July, 2016 at 02:51 Reply

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments
    are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve 4
    emails with the exact same comment. Is there a way
    you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks!

  4. cachorro basset 27 July, 2016 at 10:33 Reply

    The Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
    and also the Distance Education and Training Council.

    The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)
    is another dog training organization. Do that
    and you will be well on your way to a happy, obedient and vigorous dog.

  5. Major 27 July, 2016 at 11:39 Reply

    What you posted was very reasonable. But, consider
    this, suppose you wrote a catchier post title? I am not
    saying your information is not good, but what if you added
    a headline that makes people desire more? I mean Xi’an Food Bar :
    : Obscure Bites | What's Good is kinda vanilla.
    You ought to glance at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they write news headlines to
    grab people to click. You might add a related video or a picture or two to grab people interested about what you’ve written. Just my opinion, it might make
    your website a little livelier.

  6. Felisha 3 September, 2016 at 06:18 Reply

    Now, although the bulk of the exercises included require the use of fitness center machines, these exercise plans
    aren’t strictly based on this on top of that,
    really feel cost-free to boost their efficiency by adding your favorite
    cardio, aerobic, or plyometric activities.

  7. lola 29 September, 2016 at 10:04 Reply

    It was a competent review, but I’m not sure why you think Chinese food reviews warrant “obscurity” in the title? Seems sort of othering or exoticising. Doesn’t really gel well with my NZ Chinese sensibilities…

Leave a reply