So I am not usually even a fan of Chinese food, but I just returned from a trip to New York where I found myself eating at Xi'an Famous Foods. I had the most transcendently amazing food--not just Chinese food, but food--I've ever eaten. Only got to try two dishes, the Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles and the Tiger Vegetables Salad, but both were incredible. I have been fantasising about them ever since. I know Toronto has a large Chinese community so I am wondering if there is anywhere I can get food like this, preferably in downtown Toronto?
I'm thinking especially of the unusual combo of the lamb and cumin, which I've never seen in Chinese food before, and those incredible hand made noodles--they were wide but not thick, uneven, scraggly, chewy, tender and...just mind blowingly good. The spice and oil levels of the dish were pretty intense but beautifully cut through by the fresh vinegary salad. The whole thing was just superb. Please, please, please tell me there is something this good here!
We live at Dundas and Spadina so downtown Chinatown recs would be great if you have any--or even if you know of any regular Chinese places that have great, chewy, fresh noodles, I'd like to hear about those too. Thanks!