If you love lamb, this is your heaven
We cycled down yesterday in the light rain just to see what the fuss was all about and were left amazed. This market comes to life every Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. It is the weekly gathering of the local Uighur folks, who after their Friday prayers, break the ritualistic bread together as a community.
From fresh lamb on sale to a hoard of breads, noodles, dumplings and, of course, lamb preparations on both sides of the street coupled with aroma of barbecued lamb, this was like paradise for me. We picked up some biryani-like dish with a huge chunk of lamb, some freshly baked sealed bread-pockets filled with juicy, fatty lamb, some customary lamb skewers (ones here are made of mega meat chunks on a stick and baked in an earthen oven over coals, some pumpkin dumplings and a beautiful roasted leg of lamb (the kind with tender juicy yummy meat falling off the bone).
The Muslim market used to be a huge deal till it closed down in May, and has reopened recently at the junction of Aomen Lu and Changde Lu. Very friendly people. They even served us hot tea, Uighur style.