Restaurant: Somewhere near the Kuanxiangzi Alley
Location: ? Central Chengdu
Date: August 4, 2018
Cuisine: Szechuan Noodle House
Rating: OG dan dan
Chengdu has a couple areas now of older style buildings that have been restored and turned into pedestrian streets filled with different mixes of stores, restaurants, and vendors.
This one, apparently Kuanxiangzi Alley (someone who reads Chinese can confirm), is very popular and upscale.
Among other Szechuan delicacies they offer spicy fried rabbit heads!
And ear cleaning!
We asked our guide to bring us to the most authentic dan dan mein possible and he took us here. I have no idea what it’s called.
They double as a vendor out front. Or maybe there just is a vendor out front.
The food appears to be made right in the lobby.
And the decor is definitely not aimed at the western crowd.
We split into two tables and ordered everything on the menu.
Like non-spicy pork (spam?) and mushroom and bamboo noodles (thin).
Or the same thing with thick noodles.
And the main event, dan dan mein, one of the world’s greatest noodle dishes — which I even make at home.
This is Chengdu-style where it’s not very soupy, has less sesame/peanut and is spicer. You mix it up to experience the really complex savory/spicy/numbing flavor. There was a good bit of preserved mustard greens in here for that unusual umami crunch. Excellent!
And the spicy (beef?) and bamboo noodle.
Plus two kinds of dumplings. This numb taste dumpling which was awesome — not that you can really taste what’s inside under that chili sauce.
And the same non-spicy pork dumpling in the non-spicy broth (same as above with the non-spicy noodles).
Chopsticks you help yourself to.
Good place. Not a big menu, but I could certainly lunch off top notch Chengdu style dan dan mein and numb taste dumplings often enough!