today's lunch at z & y was pretty good. i like their spicy pig ears, also ordered spicy dumplings, eggplant in garlic sauce (fish fragrant?) and the dan dan noodles. i haven't been to z & y in some time, but i definitely remember it being topped with the ground pork, as is more or less standard for this dish. but when i tossed the noodles with the sauce i noticed it was meatless. my friend said they put the pork in the sauce on the bottom but i scooped a spoonful and we examined and saw chopped peanuts, garlic, maybe ya cai, but no meat. we flagged a server down and asked about it, and she told us that was the way they make it, with no meat. i said that i have definitely had it with that meat in that very restaurant several times, and she said, "that's the old way we made it. now there's no meat." i found that to be incredibly disappointing, but then we just asked if we could have the noodles WITH the meat, and she said she could bring it on the side, which she promptly did, and we enjoyed our noodles prepared as they should be. well i think their noodles are a little bit too soft but otherwise really well flavored.
are their standard dan dan noodles really vegetarian now? was she improvising a lie on the spot? are they cutting corners and costs by getting rid of the already rather modest amount of meat that tops this dish? downhill alert?
i had the dan dan noodles from their sister restaurant chilli house a few weeks ago, and they definitely came with meat but were otherwise identical.
they're...supposed to come with meat! anyways how have they been serving up your noodles?