Asian Desserts

Shan Shan Noodles: Household-Owned and Operated Enterprise

Shan Shan Noodles is situated at 333 Route 46 East, Parsippany

PARSIPPANY — The continued quest for the following nice Parsippany eating expertise continued as my foodie buddies and I ventured out to Shan Shan Noodles.  I had been to Shan Shan Noodles earlier than, and I liked it, nevertheless it has been closed for indoor eating for many of the final two years due to the pandemic, so once I discovered that the restaurant had resumed indoor eating a few months in the past, I used to be anxious for a return go to.

Lili Lu, Shan Lu, Chef Kegong Zhang, and Pat Minutillo

Shan Shan Noodles, which opened in 2014, is one other a type of nondescript, unassuming, humble-looking little storefront eateries, situated within the small Pacific Pavilion strip mall, proper off Route 46 East and Edwards Street.  I’ve discovered way back that these easy, unpretentious, little areas can really reveal a type of “hidden gems” individuals speak about.  Shan Shan Noodles is a type of gems.

Our hostess, Lili Lu

The second we entered the restaurant we have been instantly and warmly welcomed by our hostess, Lili Lu, mom of proprietor Shan Lu.  The personable, enthusiastic, and genial persona of Ms. Lu instantly made one really feel snug and at dwelling. Our group was instantly seated, like menus, water, tea, and chopsticks arrived (and for a few our group, forks have been requested).  Shan Lu additionally made it some extent to come back over to welcome us to her restaurant; you knew we have been in for a pleasing eating expertise.

I ought to point out that Shan Shan Noodles is a family-owned and operated enterprise that focuses on the genuine meals of Northwestern China, particularly the Xinjiang Province, the place Shan and her mom, Lili, have been born.  The meals ready and served at Shan Shan displays that area of China and is exclusive as a result of numerous cultural influences that collectively make Shan Shan’s meals so particular.

Shredded Pork with Sizzling Pepper over Hand-Pulled Noodle

Shan Shan is a snug, homey, exceptionally clear, and arranged eatery.  Although the eating room is small, with seven, four-person cubicles alongside each the sidewalls and 5 – 6 glass-covered, wood-grained tables thoughtfully positioned across the room, one will get the sensation that it’s extra spacious.  I did discover instantly that the inside had been renovated since 2019, and now affords diners a extra fashionable, vivid, and smooth look.  The enticing Chinese language-themed mural nonetheless covers one wall, and diners can nonetheless get pleasure from Chef Kegong Zhang (AKA John) pulling, stretching, and flapping freshly made noodles by way of a big window.  That present alone is well worth the go to, and you’ll see that the Chef enjoys what he’s doing.  Chef Zhang defined to me that he makes a wide range of completely different formed hand-pulled noodles that may fluctuate in thickness to accommodate the number of dishes served on the restaurant.  The noodles vary from “Skinny”, “Angel’s Hair”, “Common”, “Second Skinny (Woodon)”, “Flat”, and “Belt” (AKA Biangbiang noodles); and every sort of noodle marries completely with the accompanying dish.

The remainder of the inside is easy, with an informal, stress-free vibe, with two wall TVs (on quiet), and comfortable temper music taking part in within the background.  Jogs my memory of a Chinese language restaurant I used to go to on Mott Road in New York Metropolis, and that could be a praise.

Shan Shan’s menu just isn’t too in depth as Shan Lu prefers to focus on high quality meals, service, and protecting her prospects blissful. Although the menu is likely to be thought of restricted by some, every dish appears extra tempting than the following, and it was good of each Shan and Lili Lu to stroll us by way of the various gadgets, and on our request provide some useful suggestions. The menu does provide appetizers, Chef Specials, sauteed noodles and dishes, fried rice, chilly plates, and hand-pulled noodle soup.

Scallion Pancake

After some enjoyable dialog and bantering with our hosts, we lastly determined to start our meal with a number of shared appetizers. We went with the Beef Pancake, Spicy Wonton, Scallion Pancake, and Pot Stickers.  Each the meat and scallion pancakes have been freshly and completely cooked to a golden brown; savory, mild, chewy crepes that have been properly enhanced with the sauces that they have been served with. Chinese language pancakes are one of many quintessential fashionable snack meals discovered all through China.

Beef Pancake

The Pot Stickers, principally Chinese language dumplings; flippantly browned, golden crispy, folded, and pleated bundles appeared nearly as good as they tasted.  Fantastic style sensation as they melted in your mouth.  They got here eight to a serving, which is a variety of stickers.  Our closing appetizer was the Spicy Wonton.  Wonton’s, one other sort of dumpling, sits in an oil-based scorching sauce, effectively rounded with the flavorings developed from a myriad of herbs and spices. A complicated, flavorful broth that I used to be not ashamed to slurp all the way down to the final drop.

Black Bean Sauce Over Hand-Pulled Noodle

For an entrée I ordered the Shredded Pork with Sizzling Pepper over Hand-Pulled Noodle, others within the group selected the Black Bean Sauce over Hand-Pulled Noodle, (Floor pork, with black bean sauce), Chilly Hand-Pulled Noodle with Sizzling and Spicy Hen, Seafood with Fried Hand-Pulled Noodle, (Shrimp, fish ball, imitation crab meat), and the Pork with Fried Hand-Pulled Noodle.  My dish of shredded spicy pork paired completely with the selfmade hand-pulled noodles.  A visually lovely dish crammed with tender pork, recent elements and seasoned completely.  This delectable dish had a pleasant mouthfeel to it, was not overly spicy scorching, and the fusion of textures, spices, and flavors, together with the luscious, freshly made springy and satisfying noodles made for a memorable meal. A beautiful fusion of meat, noodles, and broth; I totally loved it.

A part of what makes consuming this delicacies enjoyable is that’s comes with a pair of scissors so you possibly can lower your very prolonged noodles to a manageable measurement.  Whereas I favor to chop my very own noodles whereas I devour my meal, others didn’t thoughts letting Lili Lu information them on how you can grasp this consuming approach.  There’s additionally chili oil and black vinegar on the desk do you have to need to improve the flavors of your meal.  Personally, I didn’t want it. This dish additionally went effectively with my Beijing-based Yanjing beer, which I introduced alongside as Shan Shan is BYOB.

The consensus of the group was that everybody totally loved their particular person meals and that Shan Shan Noodles was positively a standout, and a location so as to add to our “should return” record.

Asian desserts

We ended this culinary feast with a wide range of Asian desserts from Shan Shan Noodles’ personal bakery, Candy Sensations, which is a separate retailer situated only a few doorways down from the restaurant and which focuses on desserts, desserts, bubble teas, and extra. The desserts we tried have been very mild, fluffy, not overly candy, and really recent.  I discovered that this model of Asian dessert, from the Xinjiang Province in Northwestern China, solely makes use of recent whipped cream (no buttercream) and could be very health-conscious, diabetic-friendly, and in contrast to the heavy sweetness that’s often present in desserts right here in America.

Candy Shansations by Shan Lu

Naturally, this led to a tour of Candy Shansations by Shan Lu.  Glowing clear, enticing bakery with an attention-grabbing number of tantalizing Asian baked items.  All these in my group loved the training they obtained on the unfamiliar gadgets and based mostly on how scrumptious our desserts have been everybody walked out with a bag filled with tasty treats to take dwelling with them.  Additionally they provide a selection of special day desserts if that’s your curiosity.  In case you have not but tried genuine Asian desserts, I might strongly recommend giving Candy Shansations a strive.

Candy Shansations by Shan Lu

Shan Shan Noodles is a real culinary treasure proper right here in Parsippany.  Scrumptious delicacies, very cheap costs, beneficiant parts, fantastic household ambiance, skilled service, and a household that really cares about their prospects.  Shan Shan Noodles just isn’t one in all your acquainted run-of-the-mill Chinese language eateries. Subsequent time you might be looking for out a special sort of Chinese language restaurant, do your self a favor and provides Shan Shan a strive, and while you’re at it, cease in at Candy Shansations for dessert.

Shan Shan Noodles is situated at 333 Route 46 East, Parsippany. (973) 287-7399.  Click on right here for the web site. BYOB – No Reservations. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Closed Mondays. Parking Lot.

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