Xining (ཟི་ལིང, Silung in Tibetan), the city I called home for five years before I left for England, is the capital of Qinghai Province on the Tibetan plateau (see photos of Xining here).
The province governs eight prefecture-level divisions – two prefecture-level cities, one Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and five Tibetan autonomous prefectures. One of the five, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is of course where I’m originally from.
Although Qinghai Province is ranked fourth largest in size with rich resources of oil, natural gas, and salt, it only houses about 5.6 million people and is third smallest by population.
Qinghai (ཨ༌མདོ, Amdo in Tibetan) is also the birthplace of the current Dalai Lama and the 10th Panchen Lama (the second highest rank in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama).
Xining is a city of 2 million inhabitants. Because of 2,000 years of history, and many ethnic groups, including Chinese Han, Tibetans, Hui (Muslim), Tu/Monguors, Mongols and Salars (Oghuz Turks) and others who call it home, the city is a cultural hub, a melting pot.
And my favorite part of it was the food, the street food, indeed. My two sisters and I walked literally for only five minutes along Mojia Street in the center of the city and saw many appetizing goodies.
And what do you think?
I’m hungry now!
This looks mind-blowingly good. Wow! What great food photography.
Thank you, Steve. 🙂
It all looks so yummy. It must be fun to been able to taste all the goodness.
It was so much fun, Dave! Thank you.
It all looks amazingly good. Now I want to try Gou Jiao Niao Bing in the worst way…
Savory pancake….WANT WANT WANT! 8- )
You should, Jeff. I will let you know when I share a recipe of this in the future.
I love your photos. You really have done a great job of bringing this food to us.
The yogurt picture brought back to mind the taste of the homemade yogurt your mother gave us after dinner. So much better than store bought!
Good memories, Sara. Homemade are much healthier also. I will be sharing with you the yogurt recipe in the future.