The Westford location is gone. I think #6 may have been the special noodles that were only available and in limited quantity, on weekends.
Thanks. I’ve now read every post in the thread I linked to above (“see this discussion”) , and I note that the closure was announced there. The thread also records an interesting evolution in #10.
This is from a very old website of Gene’s that I somehow still have a link to:
#6 Xi’an Chilled Noodles
Hmm, the pic is there on the preview…
#6 Xi’an Chilled Noodles
Thanks. Your links didn’t work for me. Was #8 on the menu then and how did it differ from #6? For the other items available then did the numbering match the one I gave above?
(Not vastly important, but I’m not called consistencydabbler for nothing.)
I have a picture from Chelmsford with #6 Xi’an Chilled Noodles. There is also a #8 Xi’an cold noodles that have a lot of stuff on the plate.
That’s great. Thanks.
#6 noodles were incredibly thin, and very silky. Gene once told me they are a lot of time-consuming work. Something about soaking the flour for a couple of days so the starch separates from the something else, which then involves careful draining. I only had the #6 once. I remember the texture, but not what other vegetables it had - maybe bean sprouts. Colorless vinegar dressed the dish. My memory is of mild vinegar, silkiness, and it being a dish that’s VERY white.
That sounds like liang pi? Also called cold skin noodles.
Yes, lots of work.
I’ll try that link again. It’s many years old, but the menu shows pics of both #6 and #8. You can tell the prices are lower than now.
Thanks. These historical excursions are fascinating – at least to me.
- I’m not sure when your picture dates from, but I’m sure it’s well pre-pandemic. A quick price comparison suggests that their prices have gone up by around 20% (or about $2 for most of the big dishes). That’s pretty low.
- The dishes look spicier than the ones I’ve had at DTX recently. Also, there’s less cilantro now than in the past. But, everything is still fantastic.
Gene’s is one of the culinary treasures of the GBA. Not only can very few places in the general area match them for tastebud-bang for buck, very few places can match them for tastebud-bang, period
That would seem to be the case, except that the account here
suggests some sort of hybrid.
For those who are interested in the mysteries of #6 and liang pi, here (as always from this source) is an excellent account:
We have tried Gene’s just a few times but found the different noodle dishes better at Hometaste in Watertown
My picture was from '12.
And Gene is such a nice person, to boot!
That makes the small price increase even more remarkable.
Yes, Hometaste is also very good. I haven’t had their food in 4 years, though.