For a foodie family such as mine, Benavidez Street in Downtown Manila is proving to be a haven. The original Masuki (Ma Mon Luk) is located there, as well as Wai Ying and Sushi Yum (affordable Japanese – will blog about it soon). Our newest Benavidez discovery is Lan Zhou La Mien, which serves authentic hand pulled noodles.
Lanzhou is a city in Northwestern China that is popular, among other things, for hand-pulled noodles. Hand-pulled noodles have always fascinated me. The pulling and twisting of dough that eventually produces noodles is another Chinese ingenuity. No tools are necessary – just strong arms!
What I love is the freshness! The hand pulled noodles created after several twists and pulls go straight to a huge pot for cooking. And, in a few minutes, the noodles will be making their way to your table (and tummy).
Among the best-sellers are the beef lamien soup (though we haven’t tried it because we don’t eat beef), pork ribs soup, and cha chiang mien (dry lamien topped with pork and a somewhat spicy sauce). The kuchay dumplings are also yummy – whether boiled or fried.
Technically speaking, the correct Pinyin spelling is la mian (“mian” read as “mien”) – la means to pull, and mian means noodle. Spelling it as “mien” must be so that it’s easier for locals (Pinoys) to read/pronounce it the right way. (It gets quite tedious correcting other people when they mispronounce your name, right?)
Prices are very affordable – our family lunch usually costs less than Php1,000 (we’re a family of 6, including ateJo). Though airconditioned, don’t expect too much ambience since Lan Zhou La Mien is an eatery. The noodles will make up for whatever the restaurant lacks in ambience. 😉
Lan Zhou La Mien is located on Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila. Telephone number +632 4800732. There are branches on Masangkay and on another spot in Benavidez.