this (rather rare) northwest chinese style restaurant is on forsyth just below canal street in chinatown. it is run by a husband & wife team; fyi husband speaks a little english, mom no, their young son translates for you. they could not be a more lovely family. it was my second visit, i went for the beef hand-pulled noodles dish first visit, this time i went with my spouse for lunch.
first we got some breakfast rice soup congee, just because i wanted something bland and relaxing. fine. also some super donut hole style fried taro cakes that were just delicious. i'd say this is a must order app here.
for mains were got oxtail and lamb hand pulled noodle soups. these are more gristley and full of bones than the house special beef, but the meat is really for flavor more so than eating so beware this. also, note it's all just watery at first, but take your time before eating and soon the meat and ingrediants come together in a delicious broth. other ingrediants include bok choy and a few other veggies i think. they bring you some hot sauce and fresh cilantro to add yourself. the hot sauce is typical whole dried red peppers in oil, go easy on it, but def use some. i like to pile on the cilantro, but even if you dont like that use a little bit for flavor as you want that herbaly taste in your soup.
the noodles honestly did not seem hand pulled they were so perfect --- however i am aware they pull them in batches out of sight so i'll take their word for it. my base of comparison is the old hand pulled stand in the flushing queens food court which i was a fantatic about and this does not stand up to that standard, but its still good stuff.
another positive is the menu itself, which has lots of great noodle based chow to plow thru. besides the 12 (!) varieties of hand pulled noodles they have just as many vermicelli, ho fun, thread and rice noodle dishes to try too. also some more great lookin apps such as potato fish ball oyster cakes, sweet/meat rice ball soup, fukienese wonton and chow fun, etc.
sadly, we ate by ourselves with the family eating behind us for lunch (saturday). we chatted a bit as much as possible, they are kind and enthusiatic so i hope they get good business...i know i'll be back!
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