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Why complicate food when you can Make it Simple?

AMONG the many eateries on Dingxi Road, Make it Simple bistro is the new addition to the food-centric street.

The three-floor, 45-seat eatery is decked out with trendy neon elements and modern, clean furnishing with food driven by street food culture.

Partner Zhou Rui, originally from Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, has tried many of his native specialties in Shanghai and he is proud to claim the bistro’s kabob and hot oil hand-pulled noodle is probably the most authentic.

He invited a chef from Xi’an, who has 30 years of experience on roasted kabob (chuan’er in Chinese), to make authentic hot oil hand-pulled noodle at Make it Simple.

The Xi’an-style kabob skewer, coated in chili and cumin powder, is much smaller than the Xinjiang version.

Zhou said the chef brings top-grade cumin seeds and spices from a famous Muslim street in Xi’an.

Zhou revealed that sharing kabob with friends while drinking local beer late at night is a typical Xi’an lifestyle choice.

Regarding the small size of each skewer, it is best to order 20 skewers to start. Here, you can choose either skewers of beef or lamb, chicken wing, sausage and potato. Don’t forget to eat along with a specialty beer from Xi’an that is pineapple flavored. It balances the spice from the skewers.

Shaanxi hot oil hand-pulled noodle is the only noodle dish the bistro offers but it is excellent.

With the ideal amount of hot oil, vinegar, diced garlic, scallion and chili powder, the hand-pulled noodle tastes sophisticated with its blend of vinegar, sour and spicy tastes. It’s an ultimate comfort food you can enjoy anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

The bistro offers not only Xi’an street food but also down-to-earth Sichuan dishes for spice lovers to indulge.

Most of the dishes come heaped with dried chili pods and Sichuan peppercorns to impart flavor and make for exciting tastes. All the dishes offered here are Sichuan classics, including crispy chicken with chilies and peppercorns, sour and spicy cabbage, mapo doufu (tofu in chilli bean sauce with minced pork) and fish-flavored shredded pork.

Make it Simple promotes a late-night food culture for friends to gather and enjoy relaxing time. An eight-seat private room is also available on the top floor.


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