Ningxia is located in northwest China, bordering shaanxi in the east, Inner Mongolia in the west and north, and gansu in the south.
However, in such a desert area, it has the reputation of being south of the Yangtze river, which is amazing, and also a miracle of nature’s planning. According to records, this reputation began in the northern wei dynasty and the northern zhou dynasty.
Speaking of ningxia, compared with shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and gansu, it is less well-known for its tourism, while gansu in the northwest, the scenery of the Yangtze river on the Yangtze river, has attracted many self-drive enthusiasts.
But one thing I have to say is that ningxia mutton is absolutely delicious. Located in wuzhong city, yanchi county is known as the “hometown of tan sheep in China”. It is said that the best mutton in China is here.
On salt pond trip, listen to anecdotal hearsay, wanda chairman wang jianlin never eat mutton, back a salt pond, when staying in a hotel for dinner, especially commanded the chef prepared lamb, not the result the chef or secretly prepared a mutton, the results did not eat the lamb, how delicious, then ask the chef to inform this is lamb.
Thus, the mutton in yanchi is not only delicious, but also free from any odor. Many people do not like to eat mutton, mainly because of the odor. However, many tourists who do not eat mutton have fallen in love with mutton after they come to yanchi.
Yanchi tan sheep, big sheep for the United States, its meat is tender, no smell, taste delicious, fat distribution is uniform, is one of the best quality of domestic and foreign mutton sheep.
Yanchi, an ancient city with a history of more than a thousand years, is known as the Great Wall museum. It has a long history of raising sheep, recorded in county annals since the qing dynasty (qianlong period). So, why does yanchi’s tan sheep have such confidence to be called the most delicious sheep in China, even the mutton of xinjiang and Inner Mongolia are inferior to it?
People who have been to yanchi must clearly feel that the sunshine here is long, the summer is hot, the winter is not too cold, and the temperature difference between day and night is large, resulting in the fertile and accumulated forage nutrients. Although most of ningxia is a desert, with big wind and sand and small rainfall, yanchi is rich in grassland resources and animal husbandry resources, which happened to encounter super heavy rain these two days.
On the grassland, there are 175 kinds of high-quality grass, such as licorice and bitter bean, which not only bring enough nutrients to the tan sheep, but also make its meat more fresh and tender. In the words of local people, yanchi tan sheep “eat Chinese herbal medicine (licorice, bitter beans, etc.) and drink ditch spring water”, so its meat flavor is the first in China.
But in addition to its natural advantages, the yanchi tan sheep also have an even more surprising environment to grow in, just as kobe beef in Japan is so good and so well known around the world.
Known as the rolls Royce of beef, kobe beef is one of the most expensive in the world. It is said that in addition to being kept in a pollution-free environment, the cows listen to melodious music every day to regulate their mood and take a little physical exercise every day. Even more dramatically, the animals are massaged to help distribute the fat more evenly.
And our yanchi tan sheep almost lead such a life. If people want to go to pasture, must pass indoor sterilization, disinfection. The sheep listen to four tunes a day, carefully chosen by keepers who have studied them for years. They will run on a special track every day on their own. Many tourists are amazed that they are better than dogs, and even sheep know more about life than people.
But just so, yanchi tan sheep’s meat is delicate, smell without mutton, fat distribution is even, is ningxia’s unique excellent sheep breed, was listed in the national secondary protection species by the ministry of agriculture.
Moreover, yanchi tan sheep are also served in a variety of ways, including braising, steaming, baking and rinsing. For example, tan sheep stewed in the old soup, the soup is cooked with lamb bones and natural spices, in addition to tender and delicious meat, mouth melting, the soup is must drink, the taste of sheep soup is very smooth, without a trace of mutton flavor and impurities.
Then roast whole sheep, roast leg of lamb, color and meat fragrance, outside coke tender, fragrant crisp not greasy, popular with tourists. Many of the tourists I met in yanchi were from guangdong province, who had come all the way here to eat the whole lamb roasted in yanchi. Guangdong cuisine is world famous, food in guangdong is worthy of the name. As a result, cantonese are very particular about eating, which shows how delicious yanchi tan sheep are.
But what is surprising is that yanchi’s mutton is famous, and its sheep fur is even more fierce. The two-hair fur produced by yanchi is the top grade of fur, one of ningxia’s “five treasures”, and the first of the “three treasures” of yanchi, enjoying a worldwide reputation. And it was famous in the late qing dynasty. If you travel to ningxia, don’t miss yanchi tan sheep, after a taste, you may have a different view of xinjiang mutton, Inner Mongolia mutton oh.