Eating Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown, NYC |Spicy Village Review

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Last Updated on January 23, 2015 by Christine Kaaloa

Eating Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown | Street Eats #NYC | Spicy Village Review

Today I’m in downtown Chinatown for lunch and we’re going to eat hand pulled noodles.

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What is Hand-pulled noodles?

Hand-pulled noodles is a Chinese culinary art of stretching and pulling the dough to make noodles. The noodles are  hand-stretched, springy and chewy.

Watch the video below to learn about the amazing art of hand pulled noodles.


Eating hand-pulled noodles in NYC

I had my first taste of handpulled noodles at a tiny hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant in lower Chinatown, near the East Village.  My first impression was that it looked sketchy, as some Chinese restaurants in Chinatown can appear.  The decor lacked appeal and the toilet room was closed for servicing.   But slowly, the customers started to file in and surprisingly, they weren’t all Chinese.

I ordered the Vegetable Hui Mei (aka wide hand-pulled noodles) . It was a vegetable dish but it was based in lamb broth.  But seeing as I was kindly invited by a friend, whom I hadn’t seen in years (and the joint is well-known on Yelp! for their noodles), I had to turn my head the other way.  Basically, all the broth is meat based, so I wouldn’t call this a vegetarian restaurant.  There are vegetarian restaurants in Chinatown, but this isn’t it.

Now I’m not always a big fan of noodles, but these noodles are thick, chewy and flavorful and it’s absorbed the soy sauce and broth so that I can’t stop eating.  I just can’t get enough. My dish is a simple vegetable dish of boo chou, tofu, mushrooms and parsley.  My bowl cost all of  $6.

You can’t go wrong!


Spicy Village
68 Forsyth Street, Lower Chinatown/East Village
Phone:(212) 625-8299
Hours: Open Daily · 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Location:  B,D trains to Grand Street











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  • Sounds good! I find Hole in the wall restaurants good most of the time. Deserves to be recommended.

  • Aha Christine….the infamous veggie food that is not veggie food. My wife asks about the broth in many spots before she orders because most folks believe that the broth doesn’t count. Either way it sounds like a mean and lean hand pulled noodle. We visited a true veggie spot in Chinatown about 2 months ago. It was the real deal, just about vegan I reckon. Loved it.

    Thanks for the yummy share!


    • Christine Kaaloa
      January 27, 2015 1:21 pm

      Hi Ryan! True, many places don’t believe the broth counts. I know my friend wanted me to enjoy a unique experience and I like when folks put effort into that type of creative effort; I knew meat broth had to be the case, but I turned a blind eye. I know I’ve passed some vegetarian places in Chinatown NYC. But a vegan one- where was that?

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