Gallery: A Brief Introduction to Chinese Islamic Food

Chinese Islamic Meal
Chinese Islamic Meal

Though you won't find a shred of pork at this restaurant, there's definitely not a shortage of meat. Expect a large feast. Bring your friends and your fat pants. You're gonna need them.

Mooshu Lamb
Mooshu Lamb

Sliced into thin pieces, the lamb ($11.95) is sautéed into a modest heap of julienned scallions. The sharp flavors of the greens nicely contrast with the soy-sauce drenched meat.

Sesame Bread
Sesame Bread

At more than an inch thick, these are absolutely massive. Baked with finely chopped green onions nestled in the spongy interior, these pancakes ($2.95) have been nicely toasted on the top so they have a nice crunch. They're finished off with nutty sesame seeds.

Lamb with Pickled Cabbage
Lamb with Pickled Cabbage

Pickled cabbage, or suan cai, is a common ingredient in Chinese halal meals. It is made by fermenting Napa cabbage and in this case, is added to an earthy broth with thin lamb meat, shiitake and plump cellophane noodles ($14.95). Just a warning: the vinegary tang in this dish isn't for everyone.

Knife-Shaved Noodles
Knife-Shaved Noodles

Labeled as "three flavor chow mein" ($8.95) on the menu, this dish is a stand-out because the noodles are handmade. The chef uses a blade and cuts the dough into pieces using a blunt knife. This version combines beef, cabbage, bean sprouts, and egg.

Lamb Noodle Soup
Lamb Noodle Soup

Also made with chewy and thick knife-cut noodles, the lamb noodle soup ($8.95) is perhaps the most popular dish on the menu. It's a hearty blend of lamb, cellophane noodles, seaweed and finely chopped Napa cabbage.

Oxtail
Oxtail

Though "oxtail in brown sauce" ($15.95) doesn't sound really appealing, this is a meat dish that's literally soak in flavor. The brown sauce is actually a masterful blend of sugar, garlic, ginger, tomato sauce, rice wine and soy sauce. It's slightly sweet and plays well off the flaky chunks of meat.