Lan Zhou La Mian: IWAN Lamian
Lan Zhou La Mian (pulled noodle) is the staple, comfort food that originated from the Hui Muslims of Lan Zhou City in China's Gangsu province. It is loved by the locals and it can literally be found anywhere and everywhere all across the city. And now, you can enjoy this delicious noodle here in Kuching!
Being the first Lan Zhou La Mian restaurant in Kuching, IWAN Lamian is also a strictly no pork no lard restaurant. As a matter of fact, I was told that they're already applying for a Halal Certificate. Other than that, their soup base is stewed with beef for over 6 - 7 hours to ensure all the meat's aroma and robust flavours sink into the broth their noodle is swimming in.
We had a few of their noodles (and tons of sides to go with 😂), starting with their signature, Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup that comes with a soup that is so rich just thinking about it as I'm typing this article is making me drooling for more. One slurp of the fresh, springy noodle coupled with the clear beef broth topped with the chili flakes, and you'll know why this is the signature.
Next up is the Braised Beef Noodle Soup, but with their Sliced Noodle. The sliced noodle is made on the spot with their mechanical employee, a robot located in front of the store that specializes in slicing noodles. The main difference between the slice noodle and the pulled noodles is the texture and that it can absorb the broth better, making every 'slurp' a satisfying one. The other difference between this and the Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup is that the Braised Beef Noodle Soup is not topped with the chili flakes and chili oil, this allows you to enjoy the fragrance and the flavours of the beef much more. But if you prefer a little bit of 'kick' to your palate, their signature Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup is the one to go for.
The third noodle we had is the Dried Noodle with Stewed Chicken. I'm pretty sure from the looks of it, it looks like the Taiwanese Zhajiangmian, and you're probably expecting dry minced meat. Because that's what I was expecting when I saw it being served, but nope, not only that the chicken is not dry at all, the flavour of it couples so well with the pulled noodles too!
Onwards to the side dishes! We ordered the Lamb Skewers, Fried Stuffed Tofu, Fried Spicy Chicken, Stewed Beef Pita Bread, Cucumber Salad and Seaweed Salad.
The Lamb Skewers was a bit chewy and while you're eating it, you need to be mindful of the powder of the spices drizzled on top of the lamb skewers, especially if you're not into spicy food, or they will be too overpowering for you.
Although it is called the Fried Spicy Chicken, but you don't need to worry if you cannot take spicy food very well because it is not crazy spicy, just enough to add a spike in addition to the tender chicken meat. I was so sure that the chicken will be overcooked and dry from the looks of it, but one bite and the tender juicy, delicious chicken reveals itself.
If there's one thing we underestimated is their Stewed Beef Pita Bread. From the menu we thought the size would be something like a kompia, but nope, it's bigger than that. And clamped in between the pita bread is tucked full of stewed beef fillings that will definitely satisfy you. If you don't have a big appetite, this Pita Bread itself can be a main dish. 😂
They've just opened for business recently and if you noticed, almost all of their noodles are beef based, but I was told that they will be including more options in the menu, especially an array of noodles based on lamb. As a lover for lamb, I can say I am very much excited for the new menu hehe.
They are open everyday from 1000 to 2000, so if you're craving for some delicious noodles, head over to IWAN Lamian now! Or... If you would like to order for delivery and takeout you may do so too at https://bit.ly/3kQ6YoN (#Food Delivery Service) or https://bit.ly/2IXrruE (#Self-Pickup Order)
⏰ 1000 - 2000 Daily
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