As the most representative local food and a "unique food peculiar to Shaanxi", the well-known Muslim snack named Mutton Paomo (Yangrou Paomo) enjoys an international reputation.
It is hard to image what are put in this snack from its name. But from its English name mutton soup with pancake pieces, you may have a general idea of this local food. The main materials used in this snack are mutton and pancakes. The culinary art required for Pancake slices soaked in mutton soup is very carefully selected, the craft of boiling meat is very exquisite too. The mutton soup is the essence of this snack, beside the main materials, the ingredients, such as shallot, ginger, Chinese prickly ash, aniseed, fennel, cassia, etc., also play very important roles in this food.
Try to image that you are tearing a pancake into small pieces, soaking them in a bowl of the boiling mutton soup and taste them at once in a winter morning; you will know why it is a popular snack among Xian citizens.
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