Monica Liau (more chengdu)|
Do you know which one I’m talking about? In Chengdu, it’s hard to sort through the thousands of restaurants that pop up on every block with that telltale sign advertising Lanzhou noodles. However, there is a reason that the cuisine is popular, and some Lanzhou restaurants do stand above the rest in quality. If you’re by HaoYouDuo Store on the corner of Lingshiguan Road (领事馆路) by Kehuabei Road (科华北路) and find yourself hungry for something quick that doesn’t involve McDonalds, take a short walk to the next block and take a left down an alley with 兰州拉面 spray-painted on the wall. Do not be fooled by the car repair shop that this restaurant shares a space with, the kitchen serves up tasty dishes untainted by car oil and exhaust. For the veggie enthusiasts try the cold cucumbers (凉拌黄瓜) or cold roasted eggplant（凉拌茄子）, which are sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time. For main courses, my friends travel all the way from Renminnan Road specifically to order their savory lamb (羊肉饺子) and beef (牛肉饺子) dumplings. I myself have a soft spot for their Xinjiang style banmian (新疆拌面), thick noodles with no soup, served with a saucy tomato, pepper and beef stir-fry which is poured over top. Also worth trying is the fried noodles squares (炒面片) or, be adventurous, close your eyes, and pick a dish. There is no English on this menu.