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Xi’an Famous Foods

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Address: 67 Bayard St (nr Mott St)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10013
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Chinese
2nd Cuisine: Yunnanese
Area: Chinatown
Takeout: Yes
Payment: Cash only


Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment but I can't seem to keep myself away from Xi'an Famous Foods.  The Yunnan-style food is among the spiciest I've tasted.  It is not for the faint of heart, or stomach.

"Spicy" is the key word.  It's found in pretty much everything;  Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles in soup, Spicy Tingly Beef Noodles, and Spicy Cucumber Salad.  You get the picture.  All of the noodle dishes are excellent.  The noodles are hand-pulled fresh daily and made to be eaten on the spot, or risk a bloated noodle.  While most Chinatown restaurants cater to families and large groups, Xi'an is a magnet for hipsters who can be found at the communal table slurping their noodles. 

I ordered lamb dumplings which arrived in a slick of chili oil with cracked pepper and spices.  The were  sprinkled with black-and-white sesame seeds.  The dish is hot, but tolerable.  The dumplings are a bit on the clunky side, but a good vehicle for the spicy broth.  The lamb burger, on the other hand, borders on insane.  It is packed with fiery chilies.  It is so hot, I literally broke into a sweat halfway through it.

Maybe next time i'll try to cool it down with some Mi Pi Cold Rice Noodles.  But I betcha it's gonna be plenty hot too.

Review By: Thomas Rafael