Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Food | Chang's Noodles Restaurant | Hand Pulled Noodles

I watch a lot of YouTube videos and I stumbled across Mike Chen's spin off channel "Strictly Dumpling" and he claims this is THE best noodles to try. Only problem was that Mikey is based in New York and I'm well.. based in London. A quick Google search promoted me towards Bloomsbury way and a stone's throw away from the British Museum is Chang's Noodles. The power of YouTube combined with me being a massive foodie meant I had to try it - for blogging purposes obviously..
The speciality of the restaurant is hui mian or he nan- thick, hand pulled noodles originating from mainland China's Xi-an province. Typically served in a broth garnished with coriander (cilantro) and other veggies, you can choose to have the lamb or the beef option. Both are as delicious as the other, and worth a try if you are in the area. Hand pulled noodles is such a rarity to find nowadays it's become a bit of a gem to find. If you can find it that is. 
With not a machine in sight, the hand pulled noodles are essentially whacked, beaten and walloped within an inch of their lives to stretch them and eventually become the more familiar sight of the thick hand pulled noodles. Thanks to this technique, the texture of the noodles also makes it somewhat unique - there's a bit of a chewy, bouncy taste to the noodles. I never thought I'd use the word bouncy to describe noodles!

A classic Sichuan dish - pig's ears in chilli oil. Actually rather nice
Beef hui mian
The famous bowl of lamb hui mian
With bowls of noodles for less than £10, this restaurant makes it a super cheap eat after visiting the British Museum or if you're simply passing by the area. Details, as always, below:
Address: 36-38 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1EP
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am to 11pm
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
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