Gallery: Looking For the Best Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown, NYC

Tasty Hand-Pulled
Tasty Hand-Pulled

Toppings at Tasty Hand-Pulled are nicely prepared: tender meats and tendons, runny fried eggs, and fresh-tasting seafood.

Sheng Wang ($5.50)
Sheng Wang ($5.50)

The thin noodles at Sheng Wang. Chewy and bouncy.

Sheng Wang
Sheng Wang

Pork stomach at Sheng Wang was a bit mealy, the mark of an overcooked organ.

Sheng Wang
Sheng Wang

Both pickles and a oily, spicy sauce are provided at the table at Sheng Wang. Pickled mustard greens are a common Chinese noodle topping. Having them tableside is a nice touch.

Sheng Wang ($3)
Sheng Wang ($3)

Sheng Wang's wen zhou style wontons had an all-meat filling of finely ground pork. If you're used to northern-style dumplings, this filling by contrast is extremely sweet and soy-sauce-flavored.

Sheng Wang ($3)
Sheng Wang ($3)

Dumplings at Sheng Wang are juicy and porky, the grind a little too gristly but not offensively so.

Sheng Wang
Sheng Wang

A close-up of the ribbons of knife-cut noodles.

Sheng Wang ($3)
Sheng Wang ($3)

Potato balls at Sheng Wang are house-made. The filling for the balls, a savory-sweet ground pork filling, is a nice foil for the chewy, glutinous quality of the potato dough.

Sheng Wang
Sheng Wang

And here's a shot of the interior of the potato ball.

Lam Zhou ($3.25)
Lam Zhou ($3.25)

Pan-fried dumplings from Lam Zhou were pleasantly fatty and juicy.

Super Taste ($3.75-6)
Super Taste ($3.75-6)

Across the street from Sheng Wang, Super Taste cooks their noodles al dente. The eel topping we ordered was perfectly cooked: a little charred on top, with tender flesh. Unfortunately, their house broth tasted soap-y: either from an unrinsed bowl or soup ladle. Whatever the reason, the soapy broth was so off-putting that we were unable to finish our meal.

Food Sing Corp 88 ($4-6.50)
Food Sing Corp 88 ($4-6.50)

It's a shame that the noodles and broth were sub-par at Food Sing Corp 88, because their toppings were all uniformly good: tender beef tendon, well-cooked duck, and fresh-tasting seafood.

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