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South Bay: Hon Sau Niu Ro Mien?

John K. Taber | Jul 25, 200208:04 PM

Please excuse my Chinese and spelling. Hon Sau Niu Ro Mien is my favorite dish, but unavailable in Texas. I'll be in San Jose area soon, and would like to find this dish someplace.

Roughly, it means boiled spicy beef soup with noodles. Tough beef is simmered with star anise, japanese chili peppers, and ginger until tender. It is served with this broth and noodles, with some greens and maybe bamboo spears.

It's down-home Sichuan cooking, and many Chinese are convinced that us Caucasians won't like it. I mean, they "know" it, and have horrible anecdotes to tell when somebody who knew somebody made the mistake of serving it to a westerner.

It's a wonderful dish. 20 years ago Chef Chu's in Los Gatos used to serve it as "Mandarin Beef Stew."

Any suggestions where it is available? And is Chef Chu's still in business?

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