Vlog 037 Xi’an I -CITY WALL, JOY CITY SHOPPING MALL, MUSLIM QUARTER

Updated : Jan 05, 2020 in Articles

Vlog 037 Xi’an I -CITY WALL, JOY CITY SHOPPING MALL, MUSLIM QUARTER


ack!! so many places to go so we just took the Xi’an subway it’s a long ride – 45 minute ride with stops and we’re gonna walk now to the hotel
and we’re gonna see our first glimpse of Xi’an oh my god, everything seems so massive I feel so small [Jansen] welcome to Xi’an everyone [Jansen] bathroom is huge [Holl] oh woah [Paul] shower room and toilet we are going to get lunch um, we headed to the mall across the street it’s fairly empty but extremely large common, I guess, in China alright let’s find the food court so the foodcourt turns out to be massive here probably 30 different stalls although they seem be quite similar in what they’re serving but it looks really yummy and we’re hungry [Holl] this is a potato [Paul] it’s a fried potato with flour as the description said but somehow Jansen thinks it’s disgusting it’s good – oh, spicy [Paul] potato noodles [Jansen] you like it Holl? it’s good [Paul] it’s good, I like it it’s spicy, it’s not crispy at all [Jansen] it looks soft yeah it’s very soft but it’s good- it’s
like lightly fried but some spices on it it’s called biang biang noodles, their
traditional noodles I think biang just means very long, thin -look how long this is I don’t think they cut this yeah it’s meant to be like a one huge like long piece [Jansen] yeah, a lot of spices in it there’s a lot of flavor in it bean sprouts? [Paul] uh, huh [Jansen] there’s a little bit of burnt flavor though like char [Paul] really? roast pork Chinese hamburger [Holl] it’s different than the ones in New York it’s much more subtle [Paul] and also I think the bread is a little [Jansen] drier? [Paul] very dry it’s almost like a pita bread -almost feels like a pita bread [Jansen] but pita’s soft [Paul] style the bread is like crunch – crisp on the outside
but moist in the middle but dry [Holl] which is fine if the meat wasn’t also so dry yeah, everything is really dry I don’t know if there’s supposed to be soy sauce or vinegar woah, this is really sticky this is the only rice dish by the way on the
menu, I think [Holl] look at his face [Jansen] I can eat this all day delicious, unexpectedly delicious for a mall, food it was good though it was tasty I need coffee in order to start our day things so well displayed [Jansen] I’m not that into boba coffee drinks we’re at Zoo Coffee – we just spent 81 dollars here we’re waiting for iced coffee then we have our pastries it’s huge. it’s a loaf that looks like this and they cut it up this is a quarter of it and this is a milk tea oh, smells like milk tea why so chewy? is it made with rice? I was just thinking the same thing we are now in the city walls of Xi’an it cost to get in but it’s really nicely restored so it’s probably worth coming in it’s about 54 RMB to get in here it’s crowded though lots of tourists but it’s really clean and nice you can walk around and eventually get our way up to the top of
the city walls it’s nice but crowded we just biked around it’s pretty big – how long did we biked for? [Holl & Paul] two hours [Jansen] like, two hours Paul doesn’t really know how to ride a bike so they rode tandem style while I rode myself but we went from the middle of the south wall to the corner of the east side back to the middle of the north and that’s half the journey [Holl] and that’s where we are right now yeah [Holl] that’s the north wall yeah, it’s a nice way to see the city to start off and understand the scale of things all right, so how much were the bikes by the way? there were 45 per person yeah so it’s 45 RMB per person and then
a hundred for a security deposit so I think we’re going to head down to the
bus and quarter next so we are now headed to the Muslim Quarter to grab some food and check out the stalls there’s already a lot of food things showing up already the options are pretty endless here and
I think we are just being overwhelmed by all the different stalls and things that
can happen in this area it is unbelievably lively here and it’s
basically six o’clock and it’s just starting to get dark but it just seems like
everything is coming to life right now so the choices are really great this is
a Muslim Quarter so no pork, lots of lamb and beef which is really exciting some things I have no idea I can’t figure out exactly what everything is a lot of it looks really good just be careful all the scooters that
weave in and out of the traffic are we going to anywhere specific? [Paul] no [Jansen] what kind of food are looking for? a noodle place or what? [Paul] I don’t know. I have no idea I don’t think any of us are really that hungry it’s so big. it’s like the size of my face [Jansen] can you turn it around so we can see the inside? there’s a big empty hole it’s sweet on the inside though it almost taste like tahini oh they put the sesame – the white sesame sauce on the inside and baked it to make it puffy [Jansen] that’s annoying so it’s like a sweet sesame sauce in the inside, layer of sesame [Jansen] is it good though? [Paul] mm-hmm [Jansen] it looks really hard we waited almost 20 minutes for this not for this one; the other one yeah, it’s very sesame it’s like barely sweet it’s almost like a cracker look at the steam coming out of this one this is freshly baked and this is the savory version of the same thing Holl I wonder what’s inside that’s the sweet one oh, it’s sweet inside [Jansen] it’s not that sweet I don’t know if I got any filling I just taste sesame and bread [Paul] it’s nice ’cause it’s fresh it’s warm [Paul] just came out but I don’t know about the wait it probably wasn’t worth the wait but how much was in? five, three and five, right? five and five. no, five and three five and three for the savory [Paul] so, a dollar for two [Jansen] and they made it right in front of us and we got to watch it alright let’s move on to the next bite all right so we got some sort of sweet little cake I don’t know what it is [Paul] it’s a surprise. what is it? to me it’s persimmon [Paul taste like persimmons? it’s sweet and sticky it’s good but it’s very mild but it has some, some syrup stuff in it oh it’s like brown sugar center oh that’s good [Paul] I had some already it has a nice pop throw it away next stop so we ordered a biang biang mian which is what we have for lunch it’s a specialty with noodles with lots of mixed different vegetables the dish that was really good the beef noodles simply noodles with beef, very tender beef chunks some greens, some scallions I kind of like that dish more but maybe because it’s a flavor profile that I’m used to both of them were really cheap. came to…how much, Paul? [Paul] 33 33 RMB for both noodle dishes so we’re gonna keep going hmmm [Jansen] you like that one? [Paul] I love sesame noodle [Holl] you don’t say it’s a lot of sesame flavor yeah, they don’t play around [Holl] it came out so fast [Jansen] they don’t have a lot of menu items hmmm [Jansen] dumplings are hot but they’re good I like how beefy they are they’re really tender and the skin is so thin [Holl] you can taste the cumin it’s really different I don’t think I’ve ever had a dumpling like that [Paul] there’s jujubes in there [Jansen] I like the jujubes [Jansen] there’s a lot of textures it’s also like slightly acidic [Paul] it’s also like, I think there’s rose in there too, right? [Paul] it’s like very floral I like the pumpkin seeds [Paul] I love pumpkin seeds it’s so unusual to have pumpkin seeds and nuts in a cold soup alright, end of the night of our first day in Xi’an and we had a very full day. right, Paul? [Paul] I am exhausted Paul is exhausted [Paul] I am exhausted all right – peace out byyyyyeeee hey, where’s Holl? where’s Holl? no, where’s Holl? there’s a lot of people here and it’s early. where’s Holl? I guess we’re not gonna stop we’re not stopping? we’re not stopping? shouldn’t we find Holl? look! the store is open. let’s go in there you don’t want to find Holl? let’s go in there you don’t want to find Holl? there’s Hollgood night! hey, it wasn’t too spicy oh, god no. too close I know. you got close anise. I just got it. a-niece? a-niece? is that how you say a-niece or anise? can we talk about how many homos are here? shhhh, Jansen! you can’t say that word! there’s a lot there’s a lot of homos yeah, there’s two cuties right there we’re not going to cut away to any of the homos since they’re all probably closeted I hope people below aren’t vicious in the comments cuz you know so many people
write in our comments I think Paul’s having a protest here [Paul] it’s a heart no one can see the heart you don’t want to say anything Paul? no! it was a unique hawthorne no, unique icy hawthorne soup it’s coming soon to an Ice & Vice near you shut up you don’t want to say anything, Paul? no! bye!

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