Little Trouble, Big China

Touchdown Chengdu. After over 24 straight hours of traveling, we found ourselves in the future. We are 14 hours ahead of Chicago. Doc Brown watch your back!

After a quick check-in at the hotel we hit the streets in desperate need of some serious sustenance. We were in search of the closest, cheapest, heartiest,  beer-rific vittle vendor that we could find.

The haunting aromas of charcoal and the (oddly) familiar scents of cumin filled the air. We followed our nose Toucan Sam style and caught a glimpse of  two young gents pulling noodles and slanging kebabs.  The kitchen was basically on the sidewalk of this tiny little “fly restaurant”.

This was not your typical Homestyle Sichuan joint, rather this was a humble Uygher style noodle shop that specialized in various hand made dough manipulations and halal meat-on-a-stick. Score!

Sichuan peppercorn and cumin powder dusted these fatty halal lamb bits on a stick.

After some exhausted brink-of-hallucinogenic deliberation, we decided on what turned out to be a delicious dish of stewed potatoes, peppers, onions, and chicken.  Bathing the garnish was a wonderfully silky broth with hints of tomato, lamb tallow and tongue numbing Sichuan peppercorn.

We thought it couldn’t get any better …

hand pulling noodles
The young noodle chef brought us some perfectly cooked, hand-pulled wide, ribbon-like noodles and piled them high on top of our already hearty chicken stew.  It was the proverbial “icing on the cake”. We tossed our remaining stew with these ribbons of joy and started all over again. The new addition created some seriously sexy starch on starch action!

This was an unexpected first taste of China.  We find that sometimes some of the best discoveries are not planned, an element of surprise always enriches the experience. On this trip, we look forward to stumbling upon more new and unexpected pleasantries  such as this one.

2 Responses to “Little Trouble, Big China”
  1. Jen Berman says:

    looking forward to hearing more about your stumbles…and travels!!!

  2. Francis says:

    Yumm! I’ll be eagerly following your adventures! I hope you guys get to some of my Hong Kong recommendations!

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