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Miss Ali (Jing'an)

Xinjiang
Jing'an District
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Miss Ali (Jing'an)

Xinjiang
Jing'an District
  • 2/F, 20 Yuyuan Dong Lu,
    near Tongren Lu

    Jing'an District

    愚园东路20号2楼,
    近铜仁路

    10 mins from Jing'an Temple
    Phone: Unknown
    Daily,
    Lunch, noon-2pm,
    Dinner, 5.30-10.30pm

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    Last updated: Jun 9, 2019

    This venue has yet to be experienced by our editorial staff of discerning nitpickers and sardonic critics. Editor's Description forthcoming.

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    • Does anyone dislike Xinjiang cuisine? More than any other regional Chinese food, it seems to be Xinjiang food that is the most accessible to newly-arrived China expats. The spices and cooking styles used are often familiar to anyone who likes Mediterranean North African, or Middle Eastern cuisine, it's spicy but not too spicy, it's flavorful but rarely oily - truly a great way to ease into Chinese cuisine. 

      The star of the show is usually the lamb. Western expats love eating lamb in China (for a combination of reasons I believe, not the least of which is that cumin and oil make everything taste good, but also certainly partially due to the relatively higher cost of mutton in many Western countries, meaning we don't get to enjoy it very often). Whenever I find myself at a Xinjiang restaurant, you can be sure that lamb chops, lamb skewers, or a rack of lamb ribs are on my mind. Herein lies my disappointment with Miss Ali.

      We ordered 5 dishes: beef and potato braised in a tomato sauce, green beans with crunchy fried peppers, Xinjiang-style yogurt, a cold noodle dish with veggies, and the lamb chop over Xinjiang-style rice pilaf. My evaluations are as follows: 

      Beef and potato braised in tomatoes: ehhh...3/5? Flavor was mostly of tomato, and the beef with a little tough.

      Green beans with crunchy fried peppers: one of the best dishes of the meal, and one that you should be sure to order if you go. Just get it. 5/5

      Xinjiang yogurt: I only got one bite of this, because my girlfriend just destroyed it by herself. I thought it was pretty good, but again, I only got one bite. I'll assume she'd give it a 5/5. 

      Cold noodles: Were boring. Cold noodles with sliced veggies need a really nice sauce poured over them to be good, and this sauce was lacking some pizzazz.  Nothing bad about them, but nothing great. 3/5

      Lamb chops over rice pilaf: 5/5 for the rice pilaf (because it was really delicious, although perhaps a bit too sweet for some) but 1/5 for the lamb, because it wasn't roasted! Look at the pictures! Look at those big chunks of lamb fat that haven't been toasted or melted down at all! Do you think those will be tasty?! I'm not sure how this lamb was cooked, but it almost seemed like it was steamed on top of the rice. If so, I do not approve, because steaming is not the way to release the wonderful fatty flavors of the meat! 

      I've been to Miss Ali several times, and had wildly varying experiences each time, so it's tough to give it a final verdict. Their other roasted lamb dishes are good, and many of the things there are 5/5. My experience this time was disappointing, however, and I wouldn't recommend steamed lamb to anyone. Final score: 3/5, but I'll probably go back in the future and order other things. 

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