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Reren Lamen in DC - Report

Steve | Jun 24, 201705:15 PM

A new Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, how about that! This place serves la mian, spicy noodles, as well as other not spicy versions and a focused menu of small but hearty plates with some fusion-y sounding items thrown in to the mix.

I did not go for the noodles on my first go round. I was enticed by the 'grandma's pancake,' which is a toasty bing folded once and stuffed with beef slivers. It is a cousin of those beef rolls that are a big thing in LA. I would have loved this if the beef inside wasn't cold. I don't think it was meant to be cold with the sizzling hot pancake... it is their 'system' of food prep which makes it so. I asked for chili sauce, and I got a small bottle of red hot oil.

Next up I tried the xao long bao. The wrapper was perfect, and these babies had good structural integrity. The soup inside was chicken-y, clean tasting and a bit sweet, not exactly a thrill. I prefer something porkier and fattier.

They were both good dishes, and I liked them enough to consider trying the noodles next time.

Reren Lamen & Bar
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