Knife-Cut Noodles at Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

 Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
1 Doyers St
(between Bowery & Chatham Sq)
New York, NY 10013

Small, dinky, and tucked in a corner of Manhattan Chinatown. That’s the classic “hole-in-the-wall” experience everyone asks for when they want recommendations in Chinatown. Well, here I am giving you one. There isn’t much on the menu other than soup noodles, pan-fried noodles, and dumplings. If I had a bigger stomach that day, I would have tried all three because they all looked authentic and delicious.

I ordered the roast duck soup knife-cut noodles ($5.25), as opposed to the hand-pulled noodles, which I hear are also fantastic. Knife-cut noodles were even a rarity in Beijing so I had to get it here. They are noodles of various lengths, thicker in the center and tapered to the sides due to the way they are shaved off with a knife. It soaks up flavor very well and stays forever chewy due to the thickness in the middle of the noodle. Despite the fact that the duck was either all fat or all bone, the broth was meaty and rich. I wasn’t here for the duck anyway. The fried duck skin added some grease and flavored the soup deliciously.

LAW had the shredded pork chop pan-fried knife-cut noodles ($5.25). Despite the fact that the pork chop was lame and merely served as filler for the dish, the noodles were fantastic. The plate came out sizzling hot, consuming my senses with fragrant smells of dry-fried veggies and noodles. I imagine not much else other than soy sauce was added (very Canto style) but that was all enough. Like the soup noodles, these noodles were QQ to the max. I can’t decide which I prefer…

Every table is also graced with a little jar of homemade chili sauce with sesame seeds. Dig in deeper into the jar for actual chilis. Stay afloat for the sesame seeds and tasty chili oil. 

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