If I had to choose 3 dishes which are an absolute must on any trip to China, Stir Fried Bread with Lamb would definitely be on that list, and not necessarily on the last place. Forget about Gong Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken) or Sweet and Sour Pork because this dish takes the cake (or at least could take it if there were any good cakes around).
Stir Fried Bread with Lamb is essentially a type of fusion dish. The ingredients are Muslim but the cooking style is the Chinese classic stir-fry with the flames high and a wok worth of oil supply.
It is based on a Muslim bread called náng which is a type of round and flat bread:
Some places just slice the bread a bit and some slice and dice it into small pieces. The rest of the dish includes:
- Deep-fried lamb meat
- Garlic and onion
- Peppers (not always)
- A generous amount of coriander and cumin for flavor.
You can’t go wrong with a dish which combines two of the best things the Chinese-Muslim cuisine has to offer – nang and yangrou chuanrs.