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Omar's Xinjiang Halal

1718 New Ave.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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Omar's Xinjiang Halal +

Photo by Anne Fishbein


  • Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Omar's specializes in Islamic Uyghur cooking, a cuisine that more closely resembles the cooking of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan than it does anything you might think of as Chinese - Central Asian cooking approached from the East rather than the West. When you eat Mrs. Omar's Uyghur cooking, you begin to understand the interconnected nature of the world. It has a large menu, with all manner of food prepared in many different ways. You will not be tasting most of it - as in Xinjiang itself, I suspect, most of the food is only theoretically available, and you will be pointed instead to the half-dozen Uyghur dishes, which are pretty much what you want to be eating here anyway.

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