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jonkyo | Jan 1, 201206:12 PM

SHENG WANG is located at 27 Eldridge Street, near the northwest end of the first block row, is downstairs. It is almost across the street from Super Taste. This is one of my favored shops for noodles, since trying their la mian (拉面)or thin spaghetti sized freshly pulled noodles。Walking in you will probably notice some customers in the dining area that is clean and comfortable, with a good number of friendly staff going in and out the kitchen, taking care of customers, and waiting to take your order. They speak English, but the menu with English, is in large print and very clear.

This is yet another noodle shop with the famed Lanzhou logo (兰州的商标), yet one must understand that the only element of Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles (兰州手工拉面)is the fact that the noodles are indeed pulled by hand, and delicious. As I have stated in previous posts, the Lanzhou is only to indicate that they pull the noodles fresh daily, and in some of these shops, they pull them to order. "The most famous Local muslim food is Hand-pulled Noodles. It is probably unique to China and can be made only by a trained cook. Watching an experienced cook making it is like enjoying a juggler show."

The capitalization on this style of noodle making beyond the Muslim populations in China has grown much, and has more than a slim representation in NYC Chinatown, and Sheng Wang is one, and offering one of the best in varieties of animal meats, organs and bones, as well as seafood and fish ball and vegetable noodles, and even have rabbit, and I am very curious about their House Special noodle dish.

Sheng Wang / Dong Fang Lanzhou La Mian (东方兰州拉面) also feature the thicker peeled or knife cut noodles, representing a style popularized in China from Shan Xi Province. On the menu this is called Peeled Noodles, and they are not uniform like pulled noddles, and and appear a bit thick and wide: 山西切削面 'shanxi qiexiao mian'.

Both Peeled and Hand Pulled,about 31 choices each, the flavors on offer are what you'd expect from a Chinese shop in the US selling to a local Chinese.

They have 31 flavors of La Mian (hand Pulled Noodles) mostly in soups, but requests for soup separate, or dry options not a problem. These noodles offers are: Ox Tail, Lamb, Lamb Stomach, Rabbit, and Duck, Seafood, Dumpling, Fuzhou Style Wonton, Vegetable and Egg. Peeled Noodle choices are about the same.

Maybe one of the few places to get Rabbit, 兔肉拉面, Rabbit La Mian.

They have a variety of meat sections and organs from both the COW and the PIG: stomach, feet, bone, tendon, sliced meat, pork chop, spare ribs, pig intestine. The beef and pork selections take up much space on both the Peeled Noodles (山西切削面)and the Hand Pulled Noodles Selections。

鸭肉 DUCK:

The duck optoins are three: Duck with Taro; Roast Duck; and Duck Noodle Soup.

The portions and other ingredients are substantial, and no skimp portions of meats with these dishes that range from 4.50 to 6.00. The freid options are 6.00, and the Wonton and Dumpling noodles are 4.50, the others about 5.00,

They only have two fried options such as beef and seafood. But don't let that disappoint you if you desire the other flavors without soup and fried. I had no problem getting my pig stomach fried, after I changed my mind, and cost 1.00 extra.

I had ordered Beef Fried Hand Pulled Noodles (那个牛肉炒拉面),but before the were to cook it up I asked if I could switch it to Pig Stomach Noodles, and the waitress asked if I still wanted it fried like the beef, and I stated "yes".

The results, tender non-grizzly and so delicious huge heafty long thick cuts of pig stomach stir freid with thin spaghetti sized fresh pulled noodles, with some greens, and some egg. The portion was quite good.

On an earlier visit I ordered from the Shan Xi Knife Cut (Peeled) Noodles section which includes 31 itmes ranging almost identical to the Hand Pulled selection. I had what has been termed in English at other Chinese noodles shops as Beef Brisket, or 牛腩 'niunan', but at Sheng Wang it is only refered to in English as Beef Stew Peeled Noodles (Knife Cut).

Though there are better places for Beef Brisket, especially if you know of Bo KY Bayard as well as Grand, and Henan Flavor (Forsyth/Flushings), SHENG WANG'S other selections offered are wonderful, prepared with skill, tender and tasty, and many cannot be found at Bo Ky and Henan Flavor.

Shang Wang / Dong Fang (东方兰州手拉面) is great for their Hand Pulled Noodles, and one of my favored spots for a fried dish of noodles or soup noodles. It is a really good choice because simply due to the large selection of dishes, easy to navigate menu, friendly tri-lingual staff. Most flavors, inlcuding the rabbit, both having representation in Peeled Noodles and Hand Pulled.

Sheng Wang
27 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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