Thursday, 26 January 2017

Silk Road: not your usual Chinese restaurant

Happy Chinese New Year!

Silk Road in Camberwell is a very unusual Chinese restaurant. This is because the food is from Xinjiang, the most western part of China, near the border with India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and other Stans. The local people in Xinjiang are Muslim.  Silk Road is the only Xinjiang restaurant in London. It is definitely worth a visit. But make sure to book a table beforehand.

If you are reading this and thinking "Well I always eat Chinese. So why bother?",  you are wrong.  This is unique Xinjiang food.

Silk Road is my Dad's favourite restaurant. We go a a couple of times a month more or less.

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This picture is me eating the tripe skewers at Silk Road. Tripe is made from the cow's stomach and tastes delicious. It has a lovely rubbery texture and is not like any ordinary skewer. This one is unique.

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Various dishes at Silk Road. 
These dishes are, left to right:
  • Home Style Cabbage, with special Xinjiang spices. It is lush!!! 
  • Lamb with Spring Onions.  A delicious dish of sliced fried lamb, caramelised spring onions, and green peppers.  It is my favourite of these three dishes and has more of a sweet taste than any of the others.
  • Spiced Beef with Szechuan pepper.  The beef is not chewy and  is soaked in a soy sauce with chilli flakes. 
Big Plate Chicken

This is Big Plate Chicken.  It's a big sharer plate of chicken with thick noodles, which they call belt noodles because they are long and wide. The broth also has green peppers. It is my fave of all the dishes. I love it. I had to eat these with chopsticks and to be honest it is very hard for me. I think i need to practise more 😂

Before I go, here's a YouTube video of some belt noodle masters in China:

Silk Road, 49 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR
No website, no Instagram, no Twitter, just good food.


  1. Wow! I had no idea about this Chinese food - you have explained the food so well - good job - keep eating & posting.

    1. Thank you more posts coming 😉
      Maliq the good eater