There are more than 40,000 Chinese restaurants in America, which means that wherever you are, you can probably throw a chopstick and hit a strip mall Cantonese joint. Even better, you can probably log on to Seamless and choose from various options on-call to deliver you containers full of fried rice and General Tso's.
There are a few cities in the country where you can get some pretty stellar Sichuan food brought straight to the door of your fourth-floor walk-up. But even if you live in New York, America's Mecca of Chinese food, good luck getting yourself excellent hand-ripped noodles brought to you. And if you don't live in New York (and perhaps a handful of other cities) good luck driving less than a few hours to find them.
That's why your best option is probably just to make your own noodles. We know, we know. Making hand-ripped Chinese noodles sounds impossible. And it's true that mastering the art could take a lifetime. Or at least a few years of true dedication.
RECIPE: Spicy Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles
But making yourself a damn good bowl of homemade noodles is easier than it sounds. And these noodles—from the father-and-son team behind New York noodle empire Xi'an Famous Foods—in a spicy lamb soup might just be the best you've ever had.
The hardest part is doing shopping. If only your grocery store delivered.