小籠包拉麵 (XIAOLONGBAO LAMIAN)
SMALL DRAGON BUN HAND PULLED NOODLES.
Kung Fu Little Steam Buns, 811 8th Ave, Manhattan, just near Starbucks below the C and E Train Stop.
The English name is Kong Fu, in Chinese is 功夫 (gong fu) meaning trained talent and honed skills, cultivated talent, etc.
It applies to much, such as 功夫茶 (gongfucha), a development for the appreciation and skill at buying tea and tea pots, and making it.
Anyway, this place is in Manhattan's west side midtown, at 811 8th Ave, just near where I lived in 1989, when Hell's Kitchen was Hell.
Now, one can find hand pulled noodle, but unlike the cheaper and more skillfully made dishes of hand pulled noodles, found in and around East Broadway and Eldridge, these noodles, definately skillfully made, lack the authentic taste of the Mainland.
The dish I had, for starters, created a hum of sugary taste in my mouth that resonated some 20 minutes after I paid my bill.
The sauce on the Pork Fried Noodle (豬肉炒麵 zhurouchaomian) was similar to sauces that one finds in the ubiquitous chinese take out places, that for decades have doted the landscape of America, from New England to the Mid West, to the West Coast and to Texas and Florida and all places in between.
Horrendous, I should have known. Location can be everything. With hotel stayers, and local residence, order for delivery for food is a guaranteed market, with the gimmick signage. Most, they have no idea what they could be getting downtown, in less finery of Decor.
I paid over double for hand pulled fried noodles, then I would have, downtown (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826060; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822288). It was 11.97 and 1.64 as a auto ad on tip, that I did not know about, so left a additional 2 dollars to the very nice, fluent in chinese staff.
The main point for a total of 13.57, instead of a wonderful medley of flavors and excellent hot sauce resonating in my mouth as I leave the door, it was sweet nothing special sauce taste.
Could there be a consolation with the steam buns, and things of this sort. That will not be my job to find out.
Hell's Kitchen was better when it was Hell.
Now its no better than the Mall in Jersey.
I have a photo so wait for that.....as I paw through my phone.