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De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant

Address : Bell and Drum Towers Square, Xian
Grade : State Superfine
Tel. : :(029)87214060/87214065
Location: Beilin 
Cuisine Category: Home-style 
Pricing Category: Low (under 200Y) 
Cost per person: RMB80 
Payment: Cash 
Opening Hours: 10:30am-9:00pm 
Signature Dishes:  Xian Dumpling Dinner


Addreess:  Drum and Bell Towers Square

De Fa Chang Restaurant is located in Xi'an Bell and Drum Towers' square -- you can't miss the sign outside. The restaurant is large and elegantly decorated.The dumpling banquet has 180 varieties which formed into Flowers Banquet, Dragon and Phoenix Banquet, Palace Banquet, Eighth Precious Banquet, having 15 different series of banquets.

De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant, with its own version of the Dumpling Banquet.Ingredients for the dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. Many flavors, including salty, sweet, hot, and sour are offered. Other house specialties include Peking dumplings, steamed sweet bean paste buns, steamed shrimp paste buns, and various uniquely spiced dishes. While guests sample various delicacies, traditionally waiters will explain the cuisine culture of each dumpling.It is thus said “one dumpling one shape, hundred dumplings hundred tastes”. This banquet is a good combination of ancient and modern, court and local dumplings skills.

Defachang has many special dishes, but the dearest is jiaozi made of Shark fin. Another kind of jiaozi as big as a small fingertip filled with chicken meat. It is called a pearl jiaozi and is boiled in a hotpot of chrysanthemum soup. About this, there is a vivid story that when Empress Dowager Ci Xi came to the city she asked her cook to provide her with a new taste, and the cook prepared this kind of jiaozi to please her. It was well received. She ate three, six or nine in number, which is regarded in China as meaning good luck. Today, the words are different, for having one jiaozi, means to go off smoothly, two jiaozi for double happiness coming at the same time. When having jiaozi, you can listen to the story and receive a beautiful blessing.

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