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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

$2 tofu and other good stuff in the East Village

"Liang Pi"
cold noodles with gluten, cucumber, beansprouts, cilantro and spicy sauce

"Tiger vegetable salad"
Scallion, Jalapeno, chinese celery and cilantro

Spicy cumin lamb burger
"Chang'an Spicy Tofu"
Silky tofu in chili oil soup with cilantro

Pork Zha Jiang hand-ripped noodles
View to kitchen and Liang Pi noodle assembly station

LOCATION: Xi'an Famous Foods, 81 St Mark's Place, New York
CATEGORY: Chinese, North-east Chinese, Xi'an food
DRINK: water
WE THINK: This is one of the few restaurants we've found outside of China that serves our favourite noodle dish in the world: Liang Pi cold noodles. Although they are not nearly as good as the ones you get in China (e.g. here), at $4.50 / portion we have happily become regulars at the East Village branch of Xi'an Famous Foods, a tiny spot with 12 stools and very fast service. Other good things on the menu include the Zha Jiang noodles (ask for spicy!) and the comforting cumin lamb burger. And how about a bowl of spicy tofu for $2?!! More please!

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