Many apologies for the long hiatus! I’ve been pretty busy lately so it’s hard for me to sit down and write, but I’ll try my best to update more regularly again – I have a pretty sizable backlog of posts, hehe.
Shan Xi Magic Kitchen opened recently on Convoy (in Myung In Dumplings‘ old spot, as a matter of fact), serving up food from the Shaanxi province of China. I was initially unsure of which Chinese region the restaurant was serving because of the spelling of the restaurant’s name, but the Chinese name of the restaurant is 麵饃 陝西美食 – Shaanxi (陝西), not Shanxi (山西).
Being from Hunan, I’m not quite familiar with the characteristically-northern “wheat” food (aka noodles, buns, dumplings, etc) – and to be honest, I was generally not as interested, but lately my palate has been expanding to enjoy more Northern Chinese cuisine.
“Biang Biang” Hand-Ripped Noodles [$7.99]
The Biang Biang Noodles, which are a Xi’an specialty dish, are large, wide sheets of noodles served with sliced mung beans and a black vinegar-based spicy sauce. I typically enjoy cold noodle dishes more than hot, and dry ones more than soupy, so this fit my preferences pretty perfectly. I really liked this dish, especially the refreshing and flavorful sauce, and would definitely order it here every time.
Stewed Pork w/ Hand-Made Noodles 經典臘汁肉揪麵片 [$7.99]
The noodles here had a nice texture, and it was served with stewed pork. I actually felt like this was missing a bit of sauce, even though it was quite flavorful.
Hand-Pulled Noodles with Spicy Cumin Beef 特色孜然牛肉炒拉條子 [$8.99]
This was a stir-fried noodle dish with mung beans, peppers, and beef, seasoned heavily with cumin. My friends loved the cumin flavor, but I actually wasn’t a big fan for some reason. I love cumin spice on lamb and beef, but for some reason with the noodles it tasted quite overwhelming.
Liang Pi “Cold Skin” Noodles 傳統涼皮 [$4.59]