Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nan Zhou

Noodles! Finally the legendary hand drawn noodles from Nan Zhou in Chinatown. I've heard so much about this place that it's become something of an obsession of mine. I've been scouring the google calendar for a chance to stop in for the last few weeks. A hung-over Saturday morning seemed an appropriate opportunity - what better cure for a headache and bloodshot eyes then a bowl of noodle soup and some dumplings? 

pork dumplings

Nan Zhou lives up to all the hype. The food was spectacular - some of the best Asian I've had in Philly. Impossibly tender dumplings, made fresh that day without frozen won-ton skins, filled with a lusciously sweet and savory pork mix were irresistible. 

sliced beef noodle soup

The sliced beef noodle soup was exactly what I needed to calm a rumbling belly and sooth a pounding head. They should sell this at CVS. Similar to really good Pho, the rich beef broth warms your inner Asian soul, with a mound of delicious shaved noodles that are nearly impossible to eat without splashing some soup around. Float some super thin beef slices and a healthy portion of cilantro on top and you've got a bowl of heaven for $5.75. 

cold sesame noodles
Thanks to Han Dynasty, my love of sesame noodles has reached Single White Female stalker proportions. "I just want to be with you. We were meant to be together!" But these things are definitely good enough to take the chance of being slapped with a restraining order. Nan Zhou's are as good as Han's, if not better. The cold dressing is similar, but the simple preparation style brings the amazingly flavorful and absurdly long noodles to their rightful place as the best in the city. I haven't tasted every noodle in Chinatown, but I'm confident that these will not be bested. These are the reason Marco Polo brought pasta back to Italy. 

I have no idea how you make a noodle this long. I think this plate might just be one big noodle. Whatever they are doing back in that kitchen, it's something special. Our entire lunch cost us $26, with tax & tip. And there were leftovers, lots of them. And they got better after a few days in the fridge. I can't believe it took me this long to get here. Nan Zhou will be on the regular rotation from now on.  

Food Baby Rating: Twins! 

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
1022 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-1550

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