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Making Killer Hand-Ripped Noodles Is Easier Than It Sounds

These spicy lamb noodles from the father-and-son team behind New York noodle empire Xi’an Famous Foods might be the best you’ve ever tasted.

by Munchies Staff
Apr 30 2017, 5:00pm

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.

Chinese food
x'ian famous foods
Sichuan food
Hand-ripped noodles