Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am having a not so secret love affair with Dan. Dan Dan Noodles that is. I was first introduced to this wonderfully spicy dish by Lawman at Spicy Tasty in Flushing. It’s been hard to find Dan Dans that match the glory of those at Spicy Tasty, but from all the post Bruni fuss, not to mention pre-Bruni Midtown Lunch buzz I’ve been hearing about Szechuan Gourmet in midtown, I figured it might be worth checking out their Dan Dan offering...
When I arrived at Szechuan Gourmet a lunchtime a couple Fridays ago there was already a 20 minute wait for a table. Yipes. While I would have loved to have stayed and had a leisurely eat in lunch, I just don’t have that kind of time, so I opted for takeout and within about 10 minutes my Dan Dan Noodles were ready to go.
Back at my desk when I pulled them out of the bag I was surprised to see that they were very...um...soupy...
The spicy pork topping was excellent and plentiful. Definitely of a good quality and it was nice that they didn’t skimp on the pork. I wonder how different this pork is from the pork they use in their Ma Po Tofu.
But back to the soupy-ness. I have a pretty high tolerance for greasy food but dang...I was blotting my noodles. Big time blotting action. Dan Dan buffs: Am I wrong in thinking one should not have to blot their noodles?
I’ve been known to get an order of Dan Dan Noodles for my entrée at Grand Sichuan on Canal Street (that's where the Dan Dans in the first photo are from), but with this version I can see why you’d have it as an appetizer; you have to work hard to finish a whole order. If you have the stomach for it, these Dan Dans are a good value at $4.50. As for me, the Dan Dan hunt continues.
Can anyone recommend any other good Dan Dans in the city? I've tried the noodles at Spicy Tasty, Grand Sichuan, and Famous Sichuan.
21 W 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
Between 5th & 6th Ave