We waited for a long time before finally visiting Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles, because of all the controversy about running out of handmade noodles and resorting to machine made noodles. I thought they changed to a ‘pay more for handmade’ model but the server suggested all the noodles were handmade.
We finally went there. The noodle dish was somewhat disappointing.
First, the noodle was overcooked. We chose the thickest type for one bowl and thin and round for the other. Slightly overcooked when we got it except for the thickest sections. But totally overcooked towards the end of the meal. Hand pulled or machine made, its almost irrelevant.
The meat- Not sure which cut the slices used, but its too tough to be sliced like that.
Finally, the broth, the beef taste was a bit watered down, with the chili oil supplying a welcomed layer of complexity.
30% full on a Saturday evening.
Raw garlic for chewing or dunking into soups.