I have eaten at Lan Zhou Ramen, on Buford Highway, a couple of times and we even found some hand-pulled noodles in BC, when we were on our great adventure. When we were coming back from the mountains on a Sunday afternoon, I remembered reading in Eater Atlanta that 3+3 LanZhou Ramen had opened in Kennesaw. Lunch dilemma solved! LanZhou City, in the Gansu province of China is know as the “noodle capitol” of China. And they are best known for their hand-pulled noodles.
The slogan is a witty play on words. You may not be able to see the end – “the world can put down everything except chopsticks”. I’m definitely a fan of them. Normally, you would be able to watch someone hand-pulling the noodles in the window, but we were there for a late lunch and they weren’t making noodles again until right before we left.
We both ordered the 3+3 Lanzhou Ramen (also known as Lanzhou Soup Beef Ramen). It is made with six main ingredients:
- Beef broth (clear)
- Noodle (yellow)
- Chili oil (red) and Shanghai veggies:
- Pickle and
- Green onion (green)
We both ordered the beef flank hand-pulled noodle soup. The broth was excellent, but we made two mistakes – beef flank is served with a good bit of fat and gristle and we didn’t remember to ask for the thick-sliced noodles. But, next time…