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老三风味小吃 、26 East Broadway 、Lao San / The Third Local Style Foods Cuisine (Fuzhou)

jonkyo | Feb 14, 201202:57 PM

Lao San 老三风味小吃 (laosan fengwei xiaochi)

Location 26 East Broadway, Chinatown ( 华埠 huabu) Located just East of the corner of East Broadway and Catherine Street.

English Translation:The Third, Local Style Foods but best to call it Lao San: 老三

Lao San is located on the North side of East Broadway, and is a cozy narrow but long establishment with a wide TV screen all the way in the back with Chinese TV on view and plenty of seating towards the front for those who do not want to watch TV or hear it, though the volume is down so low I did not hear it.

This is as Fuzhou as you get, and offers some great noodle dishes with a variety of noodles, similar in fashion to two other spots further down on east braodway (闽江 Min Jiang 93 E. Broadway, and one directly across the street).


They have a variety of noodles and I apologize for not being that much of an investigator when I was there, but I do recommend the fresh noodles that I ordered that are found fresh (not stiff) at many shops from Chrystie to Canal...East Broadway and Division. They are yellow in color, fresh, and not so wide but flat and thin. Most shops call them Qie Mian: 切面, but they are not the cut (qie:切) noodles one might think of from the Hand Pulled Noodle Shops such as Sheng Wang (东方 Dong Fang) or Lao Di Fang (老地方) and Super Taste (Bie Wei 百味). According to the menu they have Mi Fen 米粉 He Fen 河粉; Lao Mian 捞面 which is spaghetti like thinkness and texture. They are made fresh from a factory and sent out to shops. Very delicious, and I do mean fresh, just not in house made.

I was told that the noodles, those above, can all be done up any way one wants. They were very clear to make this point to me, and that includes fried. If fried there is added vegetable 菜 'cai' , such as green onion 葱 'cong' and a bit of cabbage 白菜 'baicai'.

The noodles are done up in soup 汤的 tangde, or fried 炒的 'chaode', or done dry ( 干的 gande).

The selection of items for the noodles are in the front case, separated from you by glass, and with many square trays of the raw items that you can select. Typically, one can have three or four of these items done up in a Tang Mian (汤面) or Noodles with Soup, and options for stir fry (炒面: chao mian )or dry (干面:gan mian) .

The square trays have it all. All in the raw, to be cooked when you order:

Squid: youyu 鱿鱼

Pig Liver: zhugan 猪肝

Pig Kidney: zhuyao 猪腰

Pig Intestine: zhuchang 猪肠 da chang 大肠

clam: bang 蚌 or ge 蛤

and the rest:

Beef: nuirou 牛肉

Pork: zhurou 猪肉

fish: yu 鱼

and other things I did not look at because I was too busy ordering and then eating, and visiting with the staff.

Just go and point when you order。 They are very friendly, and I did not enquire as to their English, but they stated they had non-Chinese eat there at times, so they are happy to serve.

Print this and match what you see on the menu:

豆腐 Tofu dishes 'doufu' 豆腐

鱼 Fish dishes 'yu' 鱼

猪 Pork dishes 'zhurou' 猪肉

牛 beef dishes 'niurou' 牛肉

鸡 Chicken dishes 'jirou' 鸡肉

鱿鱼 Squid 'youyu' 鱿鱼

蚌 Clam bang 蚌 or ge 蛤



Those are simplified Chinese characters though have close relation, and the animals or meats above all are about the same for both simplified and complex

The menu has absolutely no English, which means you should eat there, for it is catering to people wanting authentic Fuzhou cuisine.

The fist section of the menu is the noodles and small eats such as dumpling (shuijiao: 水饺)mainly, and range from 2.50 for the dumpling (水饺) to noodle dishes such as Chao Min Fen (炒米粉at 4.25.

The dumpling on the menu is actually wanton called Bianrou 扁肉 2.50.

They have many dishes that are prepared in the basement, and more at plates of chinese food. From Ma Po Tofu (麻婆豆腐)at 7.95 to 扬州炒饭 Yang Zhou Fried Rice at 5.75.

Tell them what you want, and they will do it up or find its similar to same on the menu and the exchange should be a culture joy.

They hve beer too. Nice clean and staff are always friendly and busy with all the guests.

Chinatown Snack
26 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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