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Hand-Sliced Noodles at Chen’s

4 February 2010 1,868 views 8 Comments

When I asked Statesman restaurant critic Mike Sutter what new spot I should check out, he recommended Chen‘s Noodle House. I trust Mike’s taste and had heard the buzz about Chen‘s and at the last minute, rounded up my boyfriend and friends Marc and Megan to join us for a quick bite.
ordering

Marc and Megan have both lived in Asia – Megan as a child and Marc very recently in Taiwan and Beijing. It was hilarious to watch this white guy with blonde hair ordering food in rapid Mandarin.

The menu here is very basic, and the restaurant is tiny. We had to wait a couple minutes for a table for four to open up. There is no bathroom on site and the Chens directed me to the nearby Asian supermarket to use the facilities.

dumplings

We ordered dumplings, green-onion fried pancakes, and I had the beef soup. The star of the show is the noodles that Mr. Chen carves quickly from a brick of dough that looks kind of like a huge slab of tofu into boiling water. Each noodle is differently shaped as a result of this technique and it was the first time I’d tried them this way.

noodle block

To be honest, I actually prefer thinner noodles but if you go to Chen‘s, you should check out the ones they are known for even if you go back and get the skinny ones.

Next time, I’d order the same dishes, bring my own beer, and try out the skewers too.

fried dough

beef

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  • marcoskirsch

    Always on the lookout for lunch places near work, I went there today. I had the beef noodle soup (as pictured) and the chives side thing. I am impressed with the noodles, not so much with the other thing. It's pretty good, maybe the place will enter my rotation.

  • marcoskirsch

    Always on the lookout for lunch places near work, I went there today. I had the beef noodle soup (as pictured) and the chives side thing. I am impressed with the noodles, not so much with the other thing. It's pretty good, maybe the place will enter my rotation.

  • jodibart

    Glad you enjoyed. There were a lot of other interesting restaurants in that mini mall. Have you been to any of them and would you recommend?

  • marcoskirsch

    Many years ago I went to the Cajun place there. It was good but the place was falling apart. I distinctly remember being scared of having a piece of the ceiling fall on my soup. When a restaurant is in such bad condition, I can only wonder how the kitchen is.
    The other Chinese place there is supposed to be very good and very authentic, but I haven't been. It's on my list.

  • jodibart

    That's hilarious. I've heard the Cajun place is good. Maybe they have patched up the ceiling by now?! Also, Adam and I want to try Asia Cafe also. We should go sometime for dinner!

  • marcoskirsch

    Anytime, just call/text me.

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    Anytime, just call/text me.

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    Anytime, just call/text me.