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Good hand-pulled noodle soup! (Dunhuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle)

chefdekoven | Jul 14, 201709:47 PM

I must confess that I have a spotty past with hand pulled noodles! I find that the soup noodles are nothing special. I have tried several places. Super Taste, Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle, Lam Zhou in the New World Mall, and Sheng Wang. I have gotten good noodles at the last two, but they were both sautéed not in soup. I tend to find the broths pretty anemic.. The noodles themselves are good, but the accompaniments often let them down.I read a lot of good things about Dunhuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle in Flushing on Yelp, and when I checked it out I was pleasantly surprised. On my first visit I got the cold potato appetizer, which was very tasty, and the "Original" hand pulled beef noodle soup. The broth had a nice clean beef flavor with just a little hot chili oil which gave it a pleasant bit of spice. There is a welcome smattering of cilantro (although I wouldn't say no to a touch more) and the beef itself is tasty, fresh, and tender. The noodles were pleasantly toothsome as well. Also the slices of turnip were a welcome addition. On my second visit I got the Ground Pork Soup Noodles, and I have to say they were not nearly as good. The broth was a little muddled in flavor. Although black vinegar and hot oil sorted it out to some extent. Also I was not a huge fan of the cold cabbage. It was ok. So on my third trip I tried the Original Beef again, and it was just as good, if not better, than I remembered it. Apparently you can also choose your noodle thickness, but there is not too much English spoken so I didn't find out about it. The thin noodles were chewy and delicious though. I have to say the quality of the ingredients just seems a cut about in general, as compared with other hand pulled noodles places i have tried, and it seems to be flying very much under the radar so I wanted to give it a shout out. I find the soup rather crave-able. Any one else try this little place? I would be curious to hear other opinions as well. There are quite a few things I am looking forward to trying.

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