Paomo Guan, as its name suggests, serves up paomo, the Muslim dish that made Xi’an famous. First, you break one or two pieces of unleavened bread into small pieces and put them into a bowl.
This done, your bowl will be taken to the kitchen where brewed spiced mutton broth is poured over the bits of bread, which expand as the broth soaks in.
Side condiments of chopped coriander, chillis and sweet pickled garlic can be added once the bowl is returned to your table.
Paomo Guan is often busy, especially at lunchtime, when clients cram themselves into the low chairs to tuck in to the hearty fare.