I lapsed into my subway/starbucks ways with only one foray into an Asian bakery.
I voiced my frustration at work that my Asian Education had stalled......I needed a kickstart.
I went back to basics with Pho from Westlake.
I love the bean sprouts and the noodles and the broth but I feel like such a waster when I cannot finish it.
But at least I was back to Asian food.
Things really took off last week though when I lunched at Chen's with my colleague Jennifer Chen! Not related!
This unassuming store front on Park Dr piqued my interest when the 365Richmond Food blogger declared their XLB's to better than the ones as Shanghai River ....how can this be true..... my first love XLB's bested? I needed to check it out!
And Mrs Chen was a willing accomplice....and she had another agenda...she wanted to introduce me to Dan Dan (sometimes called Tan Tan) Noodles. She felt it was the perfect next step in my education.
We entered a very plain, dated interior and the usual indifferent service that I would have had trouble navigating without someone who spoke the lingo!
Jen efficiently checked off our order on the extensive menu
But then for the main event
Yesterday in the cold and rain and wind I sat at my desk dreaming of this dish.....wondering if I could make myself understood enough to order it.....I didn't do it. But today someone in this building is going to teach me "One order of Dan Dan noodles to go please" in Mandarin.
The green beans were also fantastic...
Thanks Jen Chen and Chen's ..... lets do this again sometime soon!
What could my next Asian food foray possibly be?