Xibei Youmiancun 西贝莜面村 started in Mongolia 28 years ago and now they are now a chain restaurant, having its presence throughout China. This restaurant specialises in Shanxi Cuisine and is very well known in China. Visitors would probably spot it at some corner of China. I visited them at Huizhi Mall in Pudong Shanghai. It was recommended by my Shanghainese colleague.
Shanxi Cuisine has Mongolia influenced, as such, diners could expect meaty dishes and rich and strong flavoured items. It is famous for its Mutton dishes and Oats Noodles too. And at Xibei Youmiancun, they pride themselves for serving all your orders to the table within 25 minutes. They provide you a timer. If they didn’t meet the SLA (service level agreement), in return, diners get 2 cups of yogurt.
It was lunch and the entire restaurant was full. We waited for a couple of minutes before we got our table for 4. Interior was homely with a country-like theme contributed by the checked red and white table cloth, table lamps and the many ingredients displaying on the shelves. At Xibei Youmiancun, there is an open kitchen, for diners to admire the chef at work.
Since mutton / lamb is the signature at Xibei Youmiancun, we ordered 3 such items. First was the Grilled Lamb Chop 羊肉排 (RMB 89 – small / RMB 169 – Large). For those who are worry about the stench of lamb, you might be surprise to find it absent. It was tasty as there was enough salt on the meat. There were 2 dips; chilli powder and chilli sauce. Some sweet pickled were offered. This reduces the cloying feel and injected a light refreshing sweetness. Personally, I prefer having the grill lamb solely on its own.
Next is the Grilled Lamb Shashlik 烤羊肉串 (RMB 5 per skewer, min. 3). A minimum order of 3 skewers. The lamb flavour is stronger than the chop but I won’t describe it as pungent. Lightly spicy and smokey flavour with a little fats on the chunky meat.
Lastly was the Stewed Mutton Pot with Wax Gourd, Tomato, Celery and Collbia Albuminosa 羊肉锅锅 (RMB 98). Surprisingly, the soup wasn’t oily, instead was flavourful with both meat and vegetable aroma. The mutton was tender. Dipping the meat into the garlic soya sauce augmented the flavour.
At Xibei Youmiancun, Oat Noodles is a must order. Among the variety, we chose Stir-fried Oat Noodles with Pickled 酸菜炒莜面 (RMB 36). The texture is a little hard and isn’t quite the chewy kind. As I chew, the flavour slowly release with a lightly fragrance. After all, it is quite delicious if you wouldn’t mind having some exercise on your jaw.
Follow by one of my favourite item. I tried this in Singapore and I love it, the Chinese sandwich with pork 肉夹馍 (RMB 10 each). Braised chopped pork with preserved vegetables are sandwiched in the bun. The outer side of the bun was pan-fried resulting in a light crispiness. This rendition is flavourful but yet pleasant as it was extremely lightly salted.
There are a handful of greens vegetable dishes such as Cai Xin 菜心 (RMB 33), Lettuce (RMB 36), Kai Lan (RMB 33).
Food served at Xibei Youmiancun is rich and flavourful. Though the dishes are relatively less oily and surprisingly very lightly salted.
Xibei Youmiancun 西贝莜面村
Jinke Road, Huizhi International Commercial Centre Level 3, Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: +86 021 68587166
Daily 1100 to 1400, 1700 to 2200
Line 2 – Jinke station 金科路站
Note: Only accept Local Credit Card