With Gansu culture, Dunhuang art as the background, Gansu cuisine (or Longcai in Chinese) is based on main ingredients along the Silk Road. It combines the "halal cuisine, Longyuan regional home food, snacks" and the fine recipes of the other major cuisines, and on the basis of inheriting the traditional specialties, it learns and sorts out a unique food system that adapts to the local diet customs and habits, forming a unique cuisine system. Gansu cuisine has a long history and profound cultural background, and is a magic flower with local characteristics and national customs blooming in the Chinese culinary art garden.
The ingredients of Qinghai cuisine are organically green, nutritious, pollution-free, strong antioxidant, and long sunshine time. It is especially featured by five spices (bitter beans, badian, mustard, cumin, garlic) and five flavors (sour & spicy, salty & fresh, bitter, five spices, hot & spicy). It is dominated by the original ecological ingredients, so it is unique among the major schools of Chinese cuisines and adapts to all people.
Lanzhou Noodles (lanzhou lamian)
Lanzhou Noodles (lanzhou lamian, 兰州拉面). In Lanzhou, it is called "beef noodles". The process of making beef noodles takes about three minutes, so beef noodles are very popular as a fast food breakfast in Lanzhou.
Snow Mountain Camel Palm
Snow Mountain Camel Palm(雪山驼掌), also known as Silk Road Camel Palm, is the most fascinating dish of Gansu cuisine.
Agate Sea Cucumber
Agate Sea Cucumber(玛瑙海参). The dish is named after agate, metaphorically elegant and beautiful, rare and precious. Agate Sea Cucumber has an agate color and smooth-taste, tasting purely mellow, is a traditional famous dish of Gansu cuisine.
Lanzhou Roast Suckling Pig
Lanzhou Roast Suckling Pig(兰州烤乳猪). Roast Suckling Pig has a golden brown color, crisp skin and tender meat, fat but not greasy, tastes extraordinarily delicious.
Goldfish Nostoc (Steamed Meat with Nostoc in the Shape of Goldfish)
Goldfish Nostoc(金鱼发菜) is a top-grade dish with the famous nostoc in Gansu. It is so named for the dish is in the shape of goldfish. The best cooking of Goldfish Nostoc is from Qingyang Road, Lanzhou City.
Tianshui Pickled Celery Soup Noodles
Tianshui Pickled Celery Soup Noodles(天水浆水面). It is a popular cool noodles and main food in summer. The cool and sour taste can relieve the summer heat. It is made by pouring pickled celery soup on the hand-made noodles.
Lamb Mutton (羊羔肉). A kind of Hui food; it is made of the famous Jingyuan lamb as the main ingredient, supplemented by dried chili, sweet potato noodles and kind of vegetables, stewing them done.
Northwest Sweet Distillers' Grains 西北甜胚子
Longnan Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Buds 陇南花椒芽
Buckwheat & Vegetable Roll 荞麦蔬菜卷
Red Plum & Lily 红梅百合
Dunhuang Fotiaoqiang (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall) 敦煌佛跳墙
Lanzhou Beef noodle 兰州牛肉面
Sweet distillers' grains 甜胚子
Cold starch noodles 酿皮子
Gray beans 灰豆子
Steamed frozen pears (with dates, rock sugar and dried tangerine) 热冬果
Jingyuan lamb mutton 靖远羊羔肉
Sour meat 酸烂肉
Yi Wo Si (golden threaded pancake) 一窝丝
Longxi bacon 陇西腊肉
Crisp food 酥食
Gua Gua (buckwheat starch pieces) 呱呱
pickled celery soup noodles 浆水面
crisp doughnuts 酥圈圈
potato jelly 洋芋搅团
Butter-fried flour tea 油面茶
Wuwei gluten noodles 武威面皮
Mutton padded rolls 羊肉垫卷子
The “firecrackers” 炮仗
Square-shape noodles with beef 牛肉小饭
Paste pot 糊锅
Donkey meat yellow noodles 驴肉黄面
Jingning roast chicken 静宁烧鸡
Guo Kui (crusty pancake) 锅盔
Local hot pot 土暖锅
Buckwheat noodles 饸饹面
Dongxiang mutton eaten with hands 东乡手抓
Riverside square-shape noodles 河沿面片
嘉峪关烤肉 Jiayuguan BBQ
Tibetan twisted dumpling 藏包