100 Favorite Dishes, No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Royal China has been banging out beef and broccoli for almost four decades, but it's the noodles and dumplings that have called me back to this Dallas favorite a few times now.
The Dan-Dan noodles are a must-order. Get the Henan-style if you want a wide, flat noodle, but I prefer the Lanzhou version: The long, thin noodles are easier to wrangle with chopsticks. Served cold, the noodles balance sweet with a spicy heat heightened with the spark of sichuan peppercorns. Sprouts add freshness and crunch. So, so good.
No. 100: The Cleaver and Block Burger at NHS Tavern
No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth
No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe
No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern
No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere