Trey Popp reviews Xi’An Sizzling Woks (formerly Xi’An Famous Food) in Chinatown. There he discovers a side of pickled garlic cloves that set the tone for his glowing review.
It’s not every day that you come across a condiment that makes you do a double take. Heck, it’s not every year. But think about how it felt the first time you smeared wasabi on a sushi roll, or dolloped pepper jelly on a country ham biscuit—and then head to the corner of 9th and Arch immediately to get a jolt of that same rare giddiness at Xi’an Sizzling Woks, which opened as softly as a whisper in May.
Over at Midtown Lunch, they’re all twitterpated (and with good reason) over the recent opening of Xi’an Famous Food at 902 Arch Street in Chinatown, in the former home of Szechuan Tasty House–which was a pretty good restaurant, but with an awesome name.
Before you Manhattan day-trippers get too excited, this Xi’an Famous apparently has nothing to do with the beloved mini-chain of the same name out of New York. But for those of you aching for a taste of Xi’an (one of the ancient cities of China, and one with its own unique cuisine), that probably won’t matter at all.
Philly, We Are Finally Getting Our Own Xi’an Famous Food [Midtown Lunch]