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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Xi'an Biang Biang, Haymarket

Pulled pork stuffed burger and cold noodles with garlic sauce at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney

Xi'an Biang Biang might be all over your Instagram feed right now but there's a good reason. It's crazy delicious and Sydneysiders can't get enough of it.

It's all about biang biang noodles, a prized specialty of the Shaanxi province, the capital of which is Xi'an. Think chewy handmade noodles doused in garlic, salt, vinegar and chilli. And then there's roujiamo, the Chinese take on the hamburger that stuffs a pile of tender pork into panfried flat bread.

Cold noodles with garlic sauce at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Cold noodle with garlic sauce $10

The cold noodle with garlic sauce is your must-order dish. The noodles are liang pi, made by steaming thin layers of a starchy paste and then slicing into ribbons. These are terrifically chewy, smothered in enough garlic and chilli to keep vampires away for a week. A tangle of fresh bean sprouts add a refreshing crunch. If there's any dish that'll waken your taste buds, it's this one.

Pulled pork stuffed burger at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Pulled pork stuffed burger $8

The other crowd favourite is the pulled pork stuffed burger aka roujiamo, a popular street food that also originated in Shaanxi. The fillings inside this handheld flatbread vary across the country, with beef and lamb more often found in Muslim areas.

Here it's all about the pork, soft and fatty chunks crammed into a flaky flatbread. Look around the dining room and you'll spot locals double-parked with chopsticks in one hand and a pork burger in the other. That's one slurp of noodles followed by a bite of porky goodness. Repeat.

And bargain hunters should note, if you want the pulled pork burger and the cold noodles, get the biang biang set for $17.80. You'll save 20c and score a free soft drink. Ka-ching!

Noodles with minced pork and vinegar at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Biang Biang noodle with minced pork and vinegar (dry) $12.50

Noodles? There's plenty to choose from, although the English descriptions aren't particularly descriptive. Biang biang noodle with minced pork and vinegar (number 18) will net you a bowl of fettuccine-like noodles along with fatty pork (more shredded than mince), green vegetables and a medley of diced potatoes and carrots.

Chewy wheat noodles at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Biang biang noodles

Get your chopsticks in and mix everything up. Our dish is quite mild in flavour without any noticeable tang of vinegar but it's a great counterbalance if you end up ordering spicier dishes like number 13.

Noodles with stewed pork at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Biang Biang noodle with stewed pork $13

The biang biang noodle with stewed pork (number 13) is definitely worth ordering. Saucy pork mince, stewed pork, diced potato and carrot and a good whack of chilli powder need to be teased through oversized squares of hand-pulled noodles.

Wide noodles with stewed pork at Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney
Wide noodles with stewed pork

The noodles are the real star of the show, with a silky slipperiness reminiscent of fresh ravioli sheets. There's so much going on here - texture, taste, smell and colour - that your heart will drop when you hit the bottom of the bowl.

But wait. There's more. Pao mo is another Shaanxi specialty, combining cubed steamed bread served in soup with beef, lamb or chitterlings (intestines). Snacks include steamed pork ribs with sticky rice, stewed pork liver and the intrigue of steamed fried chicken.

Expect a heaving crowd all day and night although diners tend to eat and run. Don't expect to find seats for more than two people at a time - the entire venue only seats about 30. It's cash only at the till and you'll have to pick up your food when your buzzer flashes. The self-serve cutlery section by the fridge includes small bowls for sharing as well as cups and free water.

Xi'an Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown Sydney


Xi'an Biang Biang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Xi'an Biang Biang
Shop 41, 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney

Opening hours:
Daily 10am-11pm

Cash only


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