Lanzhou beef lamian (Chinese name : 兰州牛肉面; Chinese pinyin: lán zhōu níu ròu mìan). It is sometimes simply called lamian (拉面), which means hand-pulled noodle in Chinese. Though it was originated in Lanzhou, nowadays you can identify many Lanzhou Lamian restaurants all over China as it has gained national popular for its delicious taste and economy cost. But here in Lanzhou where the Lanzhou lamian was first born, Lanzhou Lamian has the most distinguish taste which is better than anywhere else in China.
The ingredients of Lanzhou lamian is not too complicated, hand-pulled noodle, white carrot slices, quality beef slices, chili pepper oil with fired sesame in it, green onions with coriander and extremely tasting beef flavored soup. How they do the soup and the chili oil is the secret keys to run their business for every Lanzhou lamian restaurant because one or two special herbs during the cooking process can make a huge difference.What Lanzhou lamian to Lanzhou locals is as the Phat Thai to Thai. The locals there start their day with a big bowl of Lanzhou lamian every day.
Mazilu Beef Lamian Restaurant (Dazhong Xiang Branch)
The beef lamian here is so nice that it even once had been filmed in the well-known Chinese food program called 《A Bite of China》. Right now it has turned into an even busier place as many tourists coming here for a bite of this famous delicacy.
Address： No.86，Dazhong Xiang road, Chengguan district, Lanzhou city, Gansu province, China.
Address in Chinese：甘肃省兰州市城关区大众巷86号.
Attention：One thing you should know is that all these decent Lanzhou Lamian restaurants only operate in the morning and will close by 14:00 every day. Due to the large Muslin population in western China, many Chinese restaurants cater to, or are run by Muslins here in Lanzhou.
Mutton and bread pieces in soup,(Chinese name羊肉泡馍,Chinese pinyin yáng ròu pòo mó) is a very traditional dish in Northwest China, though it originated in Shaanxi province, here in Lanzhou , it is somewhat added special local taste as well.
Zhen Lan Mutton and Bread Pieces in Soup Restaurant
Chinese Name: 臻兰羊肉泡馍
Address: No.448, Yongchang Bei Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou, Gansu province
Address in Chinese: 甘肃省兰州市城关区永昌北路口448号
This is a restaurant favored by locals which has gained its name for nice Mutton Soup.
Shouzhua mutton, (Chinese name手抓羊肉, Chinese pinyin shǒu zhuā yáng ròu), it is literally mutton eaten with your hands. Though originated in Central Asia and West Asia, it got popular here in west China long time ago.
Malaoliu Muslin Restaurant (Tongwei Road Branch)
Address: No.17, Tongwei, Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou, Gansu province.
Address in Chinese: 甘肃省兰州市城关区通渭路17号
This is a proper muslin restaurant, except its nice shouzhua mutton, its tasty strew beef and niang pi could be another reason for you to eat here.
There is a famous snack street in Lanzhou where offers tourist a great opportunity of having a taste of all kinds of local poplar snacks. The street name is Zhengning Lu Night Snack Street, Chinese name正宁路小吃夜市街, it starts business at 18:00 every day, before 18:00, it is just a common street. Many buses could lead you there, including No.123 bus, No.33 bus, No.108 bus, No.18 bus, No.15 bus and No.6 bus. If you are at Lanzhou Railway Station, both No.K102 bus and the No.33 bus will take you there.
Milk and Egg Soup with Raisins and Sesame
Chinese Name: 牛奶鸡蛋醪糟
Price: 10 yuan\ bowl
This is a Lanzhou snack that had gain its name on the well-known program《A Bite of China》.You may have to get in a queue for it as many Chinese tourists come here due to its fame. You may also find this street a little noisy and too many people crowded every evening, but it provide you a glimpse of real Chinese night market and the bustle and hustle lives going on here day and night.
Apart from the famous Milk and Egg Soup, there are hundreds of other nice snacks to treat your stomach , among which Niang pi（酿皮）and Youchaofen（油炒粉）are the two that you should not miss and most of the snack here would not cost more than 10 yuan.
Attention: If this is your first Chinese trip, or first time of travelling to an Asian country, be aware of that the local bacterial here remote to where you normally live might give you a bad stomach. Therefore, when you choosing what to eat, be careful about the state of the snacks just in case. You may also wish to learn more about.
If you miss some western food in Lanzhou, there also plenty options for you, but among them there is one western restaurant called Charlie's Burger I would love to recommend to you. The Charlie's Burger has gained quite popular among young people in Lanzhou as the burgers they provided are close to the original western taste.
Address: No. 25-8 Wanda plaza walking Street, Chengguan District, Lanzhou, Gansu province.
Address in Chinese :甘肃省兰州市城关区万达广场步行街25-8号(万达广场)