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Kanzhu Hand-Pulled Noodles: It’s All About the Noodle

Kanzhu Hand-Pulled Noodles: It’s All About the Noodle

A great piece of carb can really be as sexy as a great slab of meat.  Fresh, pure, firm. Well, you get the picture. But the point is, a really high quality carb, whether it’s a noodle, spaghetti, rice, or a risotto, can really make or break a dish.  It’s a dish in itself regardless of the sauce or topping.

So I was craving for a noodle dish and I thought I’d try this Kanzhu Hand-Pulled Noodle shop that’s recently opened up.  And frankly, it’s become one of my go-to places whenever I need a quick fix.

They serve you a small dish of peanuts covered with sesame.  Was OK I guess.  More of a sales pitch because they sell the nuts for you to take out.  Thing is, there are times when they don’t1.

Complimentary nuts

We ordered Special Lamb Dumplings2.  For 7 pieces of lamb, I guess this wasn’t bad.  Lamb dishes are not as common as I would like so I was really happy seeing this on the menu.  Dish was good, but they scrimp a bit on the fillings.  Dumplings were air-y, but I still loved the after-taste of lamb. Some might call lamb an acquired taste, I call it food porn!

Special Lamb Dumplings (P120.00 or $2.70)

If lamb isn’t your thing, go for the Pork and Chive Dumplings. I prefer lamb.

Pork and Chive Dumplings (P80.00 or $1.80)

There are other items on the menu, but definitely go for the noodles. You can have it 3 different ways: fried, soup, or dry.

We went for the Lamb Fried Noodle.  Strong lamb flavor taste here but too many vegetables. You don’t get the noodle all that much and there’s a bitter component to this that I can’t fully place.

Lamb Fried Noodle (P175.00 or $3.90)

The Braised Beef Noodle Soup is pretty good, though. Beef is tender and the soup is stocky and pungent, although it wreaks of MSG during my latter visits. Still pretty hearty and comfort-y with the awesome noodle.

Braised Beef Noodle Soup (P145.00 or $3.25)

My favorite (and go-to) dish is the Braised Beef Special Dry Noodles3 The noodles were firm and al dente.  Usually I avoid ordering beef in small places because they tend to ruin the beef.  But this was surprisingly tender and flavorful, with a little hint of heat.  The sauce brought it all together.  A pretty awesome plate of noodles here.

Braised Beef Special Dry Noodles (P145.00 or $3.25)

It’s like a great late-night snack place.  Price-wise, this is in San Juan so prices tend to be a bit higher.  I’m cheap, but I’d pay for noodles with these prices.  OK, now I’m craving for some noodles again!

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great piece of carb can really be as sexy as a great slab of meat.  Fresh, pure, firm. Well, you get the picture. But the point is, a really high quality carb, whether it’s a noodle, spaghetti, rice, or a risotto, can really make or break a dish.  It’s a dish in itself regardless of …

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Summary : Pretty awesome noodles here. Really solid food and not too expensive. Go for the Fried Lamb Dumplings and the Braised Beef Special Dry Noodles.

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About Lester

Lester likes red meat, white meat, and is allergic to vegetables. He thinks PETA is for pussies, and his favorite basketball player is Robert Jaworski.

2 comments

  1. I happen to know the owner of Kanzhu. Different owner from Beijing Hand-Pulled Noodles.

    • Thanks for the heads up, Benny. I’ll tweak that part :) My point was just they opened the same product with almost the exact menu in the exact same spot with just a name change

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