Yes I scooped everyone AGAIN! 3 times in 2 weeks! Obviously you guys aren’t doing your jobs!
This place is so low key they are not even listed on Yelp. Like my last find, A Lee 88, they still have the old signage, and even the murals inside are from the previous restaurant. (Wing It, since 1986.)
The name is “Taste of Guizhou” and the Chinese is the same, Guizhou Taste. 贵州 味道
You have never had this because this is the first Guizhou restaurant in Boston. The menu is simple, noodle dishes and the star is the emblematic Guizhou Huaxi Beef Noodle Soup. You can not have rice noodle but that would be strange. Huaxi is part of Guiyang, the capitol of Guizhou. The rice noodles here have a great bite and bounce back when they hit the table and like all rice noodle in soup, stay firm. The broth, which I suggest delicately savoring a bit before disturbing the other side of the bowl where the sour cabbage lies, is subtle but complex in seasoning. The beef slices, something lean, like eye round, flank, or chuck perhaps, are topped off with very fragrant and what must be freshly ground white pepper. The sour cabbage pieces shimmering beneath the surface along one side give the bowl a tangy spruce. I’ve only had Yunnan style rice noodle soups, and while Yunnan and Guizhou are neighbors, this is very different. It would have been nice to have some chili oil to add in, as that is customary but I enjoyed my first bowl unadorned as to appreciate it’s core essences.
The family owners are from Guiyang, the capital of this landlocked province. While most Chinese from the coastal provinces think Guizhou as “back country” and it is, Guiyang has 5 million people, double Boston’s entire metro area, and boasts many more high rises than Boston will ever have. Still it is somewhat less common to see southwestern Chinese people in the US, so I was very excited to spot this under everyone’s nose! The restaurant has been operating for two months already. While some of expat Boston University students have found there way, it’s still very much down low. I ate alone at dinner primetime hour, except when the father, mother, and son stepped in to have dinner themselves. There is one other cook. There were no phone calls or online orders. I helped a woman who walked in order, she thought it was still “Wing It” the former chicken wing place. What did I steer her to? Chicken, of course!
Which brings me to their other offering, “Hot Chicken Stew”. I suspected it was Xinjiang Big Plate Chicken and I was right. It had the wide belt noodles on the bottom, which were frankly a little soggy, but the potatoes and chicken were great. It is very advantageous to get this in 3 different sizes, usually if you see this on a menu, it’s really one size, and it’s big, hence it’s name. Getting a single serve size to go is very convenient. You can eat it in your car and pretend you are a Xinjiang truck driver, the people who this dish was invented for on the side of a highway in the 1980’s. Big Plate Chicken or Da Pan Ji 大盘鸡 is one of those China-wide dishes found all over the country, like Ma Po Tofu. It’s been available in Boston for some time, since Chef Chang’s and Shaanxi Gourmet debuted some years back, but never in varying sizes, or on rice, which might be the better way to get it here.
Guizhou Taste offers 4 variations on the noodle soups, and other types of noodles are available if you so desire. A cold noodle dish is only $8.85 while the Huaxi version is $13.45. This is ideal student dining! It was sad to see a few Chinese students walk by, not even looking in the window, because they think it’s still chicken wings! Also on the menu, stir-fried snails, tofu ball, dough stick wrapped in flour tortilla, and sticky rice with sausage. Lunch combos are a mere $7.45! Anything else? Yea, some salads, and fried rices. That’s it!
Taste of Guizhou is a very bare-bones offering of a few of Guizhou’s specialties, but they can grow in time. Very few modifications have been done, except tables and chairs, and many of the consumables, including the printed menus, have been furnished by the delivery app companies. Come for the Huaxi noodle soup, stay for the big plate chicken! They close at 8:30pm and are not open Mondays. Order online from Hungry Panda, Ricepo, Seamless, et al.