Urumqi. Xinjiang Central Bazaar with Carrefours and KFC.

Traditionally this dish is made with hand-made pulled noodles or Laghman noodles. Egg noodles are an acceptable substitute as verified by the expat Uyghur who described this dish as "Slightly chilled, Sirikash Kebab makes a refreshing meal for a hot summer night". That just sounds too good and then reading the recipe I can understand why this dish is a favourite. For those who like the aromatic bite of Turcic or Middle-Eastern spices and the incomparable flavour of mutton I don't think that you could go better than this dish.

  • 250 gm (~½ lb). mutton;
  • 4 servings uncooked egg noodles;
  • 3 cucumbers;
  • ½ cup onion;
  • up to ½ cup cooking oil;
  • 2 litres (8 cups) water;
  • 1 egg;
  • ½ cup white flour;
  • salt, pepper, cumin, chillie powder to taste (or xinjiang spices)
  1. Boil egg noodles in a pot filled with water for several minutes until ready, strain, and refrigerate.
  2. Peel and chop cucumbers into thin slivers, two inches long. Salt lightly and refrigerate.
  3. Chop mutton into bite-size pieces. Dice onion as well.
  4. In a small dish, crack open the egg and beat until smooth. Pour flour and salt into a separate dish.
  5. Dip mutton into egg and then coat the meat with the flour mixture.
  6. Pour oil into a wok on medium heat. Stir fry mutton until medium rare
  7. Remove mutton and place on a dish lined with a paper towel to absorb the grease.
  8. Drain oil from the wok, and stir fry the onions. Return mutton to wok and add chillie powder, cumin, and pepper, to taste. In Xinjiang, cooks completely coat the meat with spices. Remove from heat.
  9. Take out the chilled noodles and cucumbers from the refrigerator. Transfer noodles onto a large plate and line its edges with cucumber. Place mutton and onions in the middle of the plate. Basically, arrange the food in concentric circles of mutton, noodles, and cucumbers.