Da Pan Ji
Since after watching fellow travel Canadian YouTuber Trevor James' awesome street food videos on Chinese street food, it has sparked me to have my own journey here in Japan. I was craving for authentic Chinese food and was wondering if I could find something authentic like what he showed in his videos. I have been doing a lot of research until I hit the jackpot and found several restaurant which specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine. In this post I will be talking a dish called the da pan ji.
Da pan ji (大盘鸡)is a chicken stew dish originated from Xinjiang, China. Da pan ji in English means big plate chicken if you transliterate it and that is basically what it is, a big plate of chicken. The chicken meat is cooked along with bell peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers, cumin, star anise and Sichuan pepper corn. Although the dish has chili peppers and Sichuan pepper corns, it is not as spicy as other foods you can find in this region of China. This dish is usually served with hand-shaved noodles or dao xiao mian.
Here I went to two separate restaurants. The first restaurant was called the China Tea House 8 (中国茶房8) I went to was where I had the Sichuan style of da pan ji. It was pretty dry and not as spicy as i thought it would be. There were too many small pieces of bones and not enough meat. The taste was definitely there but there was much to munch on aside from the bones.
The second restaurant I went to was called Muqam Halal Uyghur and it served the traditional Xinjiang style da pan ji which I was craving for. Although it was a bit on the pricey side, you could tell that the taste was authentic. We could even get the dao xiao mian or the hand-shaved noodles on the side like you could in China! This is definitely a great restaurant to go to for some authentic Xinjiang style halal Chinese food!
Sichuan style da pan ji
Xinjiang style da pan ji with hand-shaved noodles
Xinjiang style da pan ji
China Tea House 8 (中国茶房8) - 3/5
Muqam Halal Uyghur - 4.5/5