Monday, February 17, 2014

Xian Hand-Pulled Noodles

Today we tried a brand-new Chinese noodle place in East Austin, Xian Sushi and Noodle. Their claim to fame is hand-pulled noodles. Indeed, you can watch the noodle chef stretching the pasta dough out into long strings, slapping it on the counter, doubling it, stretching it again, and finally tossing the noodles into a giant cauldron of boiling water to briefly cook, before being ladled into your bowl. 

Xian serves a vegetarian broth that's made with seaweed. After choosing your broth, you then choose the width of noodle you prefer. I picked "fettucine." My bowl contained noodles, asparagus, bell peppers, spinach, bamboo, and tofu. It was served with a side of hot chili oil, which added just the right amount of spice.

 I dug right in, slurping and spooning the perfectly al dente noodles and hot, savory broth into my face and barely coming up for air until the bowl was empty! Love. Love love love.

When we asked about drinks for the kids, our server said they didn't have kiddie cups, but would they like some strawberry-flavored sodas? Of course they would.

We also had edamame, which I really need to make more often at home, because it's such a fun finger food and my kids will eat the whole bowl in minutes.

We also had a little plate of garlicky pickled cucumbers -- a nice, cool refresher in between hot spoonfuls of ramen.

Jackson has started arranging his action figures in a long row, facing out the window.

What are they waiting for? Zombies. Always zombies. Ever vigilant.

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