I have to get the hand pulled noodles (which come with lamb, of course) because I crave them so. Even had I known they would come with celery, my most feared and hated vegetable, I probably would have made the same order. Screw it - I'll just pluck 'em out. Worth it for those strong, wheaty noodles and that gamy meat.
I even got scissors to cut the noodles to my desired length, which I loved! No more endlessly slurping some five foot long noodle while my dining companion waits for me to take my turn in the conversation. This is a one-foot-long-noodle only zone.
When I tried to order the tea, I was warned it was 'hot and salty'. Fine. Lemme try it.
Hot, it tasted like a cross between dishwater and the ocean. Once it cooled down, you could detect the tea. Would I order it again? Probably, with the same type of food - it oddly complements the meal - but I wish it were half the size. It comes in a big old soup bowl with a big old soup spoon!
The mutton skewers are to-the-note what you get off of any streetside grill in Xi'an or Kunming, and they also have my favorite rendition of cold garlic cucumbers. They're just on the line of offensively garlicky and gingery. They actually make you cough. Perfect.\
Omar's Xinjiang Halal Restaurant
1718 New Ave
San Gabriel, CA 91776