Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle

In Food on September 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Seafood noodle soup

A few nights ago a few of us were on a mission for some really good noodles and dumplings. We had heard that somewhere on Pike street was one of the best spots for noodles in Chinatown. It was pretty late at night and the streets were calming down. The vendors were closing up but you could still smell the slightest stench of fish in the air. A brightly lit, modest noodle shop was in our view. What seemed to be a hole in the wall, offered up some of the best handmade noodles and dumplings I have ever had.

First off, you cannot beat $4.50 for a bowl of noodle soup. The menu consists of everything from fish ball stew to

Lan Zhou Menu

miscellaneous ox part (no I’m not making that up). The noodle itself was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. I think someone even quoted that night that it was “al dente” and I would have to agree. There is a little man that stands in the back corner pulling apart dough and slapping it loudly on his board repeatedly until you see these long noodles ready to go into the hot cauldron. After you place your order it takes barely five minutes for the waitress, who also cooks your food, to come back with a piping hot bowl of handmade noodle soup. The broth was not spicy but had a wonderful beefy flavor that complimented the noodles. We ordered the seafood soup noodle, beef tendon soup noodle, and the pork dumplings. There were pieces of  chives and scallions in the broth accompanied by hoi sin sauce and baby bok choy. The texture of all the delicious bits in my seafood soup, including the fish balls and squid, were cooked so carefully. The beef tendon was also cooked to perfection and fell apart before it hit my mouth.

Pork dumpling

But don’t stop at the noodles. You have to try their amazing dumplings. The pork dumplings are to die for. And what a steal at just $2 dollars for 8 or $8 dollars for 50! The dumplings are soft and squishy in your mouth. I highly suggest coming here for your dumpling fix.

At amazing prices and fast service, this place ranks in my top cheap eats in New York City. Don’t expect fancy decor, but expect to leave very satisfied. This place was worth what seemed to be a  scavenger hunt finding it and I will definitely be back!

144 E Broadway
(between East Broadway & Pike St)
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Lower East Side

(212) 566-6933

  1. love the site helya! this is one of my favorite spots!

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