XO Kitchen: Beef Noodle Chow Fun (干炒牛河 )

XO Kitchen
148 Hester St
(between Bowery & Elizabeth St)
New York, NY 10013

 

This is a classic noodle dish served at all Canto/HK style dim sum restaurants. It is a deliciously fried concoction of beef, rice noodles, scallions, and bean sprouts. The dish is usually greasy and mouth-wateringly fragrant. The beef should be thinly cut and very tender, paired with very wide yet light strands of rice noodles. It is generally not expensive either.  Really good for brunch when you’ve had a rough night out the day before…

XO Kitchen was alright.  Average at best.  I ordered this dish because I knew there was no way anyone could mess it up.  I also ordered a pork chop over rice dish and was very disappointed.  Pork chop had clearly been cooked hours ago and reheated.  Sauce reminded me of Chinese airplane food mushroom sauce… do you know what I am referring to…

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