Niangpi is a popular snack made of flour and baking soda. Rinsed in clear water until it becomes glutinous, the dough is cooked in a food steamer.
Niangpi has two kinds, thin and thick. The thin Niangpi is yellow in color while the thick is light brown.
It can be served as a main dish, side dish, or appetizer to go with wine and liquor. Niangpi can be found anywhere in Xining at a two-yuan price, but the Niangpi made by a person named Ma Zhong is the best known.