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Eerkin's, Uyghur in Fairfax - Report

Steve | Aug 31, 201904:18 PM     9

So far I've been disappointed at any of the kabobs from NW Chinese cuisine that are available in our area, and I usually hesitate in ordering them.

I was happy to see that for $3, I could check out a single skewer of lamb at Eerrkin's - and it's the only one I've had that approaches what this should taste like. Spicy and small, these kabobs pack a considerable punch. If they were bite-sized, crispy, and fatty they would be ideal.

Combined with the eggplant salad, this was an excellent meal. The eggplant is similar to what I've had at Sichuan restaurants, but here it is tossed with a considerable amount of cilantro and hot peppers that transformed the eggplant into a knockout salad. This combo set me back $10, and it's as good a Hamilton as you are likely to spend in the DC area.

I could have stopped there, but I decided to go for the goyrong laghman, the handpulled noodles with lamb in a spicy sauce. The noodles are just too damn chewy to make this a pleasant experience, though I can find no fault in the lamb and peppers topping.

The next time I go (and I will go back) I will be tempted to get an item off-menu that the waitress told me about: gam bian somen, which is a spicier version of their chopped somen (aka ding ding) and the noodles are chopped a bit longer.

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