Xinjiang is China's most remote province, a majestic land of mountains and deserts through which the Silk Road meanders past salt lakes and dry riverbeds. It's something of an administrative headache for the People's Republic, since the population in many areas is non-Chinese. Most numerous in the south are the Uighurs (pronounced "way-wooers"), a Muslim Turkic group who historically served as guides along the ancient trade routes. They are inordinately fond of barbecued lamb and rice pilaf, and their food has become a fad in Beijing, where numerous Uighur restaurants have... More >>>