La Mian is a type of Chinese noodle popular in western china made by stretching and folding dough into strands. This eatery in chinatown is well known for its noodles and is popular with both tourist and locals alike. Prices start at $6.90 for their signature "Pork noodles la mian" dish. Also popular are their steamed dumplings.
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First and foremost, the review is my humble opinion and no offense intended.
A brief history, lan zhou la mian originated in Lan Zhou and has a history of more than 85 years. La Mian = "pulled noddles" and noddles are widely consumed in China, it is no surprise that anyone would use the brand name "Lan Zhou La Mian" when they are selling noddles. In fact it is one of the highest used names around. Go around china and you never failed to find a store that sell lan zhou la mian or a store name called lan zhou la mian.
Lan Zhou La Mian should accurately be called Lan Zhou Beef La Mian because it as originally sold as beef noodles. on top of that, the noddles should have 5 distinctive colour: i) red,ii)green, iii)white, iv)yellow and v) clear. Hence the composition should have red chili oil, Parsley or garlic sprouts, white radish, bright yellow noddles and clear soup base. However i do not find anyone as close to this in singapore.
As for the steamed dumpling, I have tried it and it is not too bad, though not as good as those I would like it to be. I would like a steam dumpling that has more soup inside and this fall short of my expectation here in this store.
For the curious you may want to try it once which i did.
I do not eat Lan Zhou La Mian often in Singapore as it isn't such a popular dish, I guess because the noodles require a lot of preparation to make. As you can see, the ambiance is kinda gritty like a typical hawker stall but do not let that deter you, this stall is a definite must try. The noodles are topped with minced pork soaked in a delectable thick soy sauce - I have never tasted anything like that! Its gooey and sweet and salty at the same time and it goes well with the thinly sliced cucumbers. The ingredients are separated when first given to you, so you're free to mix it up and remove ingredients you don't like. I normally dislike cucumbers but it goes so well with this dish and veggies are always good!
There is no door separating the kitchen and you can actually see the boss of the store, who works there daily prepare the noodles himself. If you're lucky, you can catch him during a break and request a picture with him. When we requested a picture, his eyes lit up and and happily accommodated us. Lining the walls are images of many of his happy customers from all over the world.
Prices start at $6.90 for their signature "Pork noodles la mian" dish. Also popular are their steamed dumplings. In my opinion, if you're in Chinatown for sight seeing be sure to make this eatery a must visit to try some authentic Chinese food. Many of the other stalls there are commercialized and lose its true flavor and this is one of the few that retains its original taste.