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September 16, 2016
333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
  • Cost: $$
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: BYO
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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September 16, 2016

Review

Head to Parsippany’s Shan Shan Noodles to try a regional Chinese specialty.

Noodle Soup @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Beef Noodle Soup

Hand-pulled wheat noodles, or lamian, are popular in northwestern China, commonly appearing on menus in the provinces of Xinjiang, Qinghai and Gansu. In New Jersey, you can find these noodles in a nondescript strip mall near the junction of Routes 280 and 46 in Parsippany.

Making the Noodles @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Making the Noodles

Shan Shan makes Lanzhou-style lamian, from the Gansu provincial capital. You can see your fresh noodles made to order through the large kitchen window facing the dining room. Balls of dough are stretched by hand, repeatedly, to produce long strands of noodles. The chef crafts his noodles in five different thicknesses, from flat or thin, to thick or round. Dropped immediately into boiling water, the hand-pulled noodles are served in soup, or sauteed with stir fried vegetable and meat toppings, including beef, offal, lamb, seafood, duck, or simply hot chile oil. The welcoming owner and hostess is quick to help newcomers navigate the menu options.

Hand Pulled Noodles w. Spicy Pork @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Hand Pulled Noodles w. Spicy Pork

The beef soup features a light broth, less meaty than phở, and a chewy noodle. Noodles with spicy minced pork arrives with diced carrots and mushrooms. The sauteed dishes might be the best way to enjoy these noodles. Think of a fresh and elevated version of the ubiquitous Cantonese lo mein on Chinese-American restaurant menus.

Other menu items are worth trying at Shan Shan. The “Chinese burger” is a nice appetizer, with shredded, spiced pork in a thick pita-like bread. The soup dumplings (steamed pork buns) are also very good. Next time, I might try the Xinjiang Saute Spicy Chicken or Shan Shan’s version of Ma Po Tofu.

Chinese Burger @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

“Chinese Burger”

Shan Shan has a simply decorated dining room with a dozen tables. Next door is an Asian market, and the Moroccan spot, Marakesh.

Steamed Pork Buns @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Steamed Pork Buns

Shan Shan Noodles is a nice example of regional Chinese cuisine gaining an audience in New Jersey.

Sauteed Noodles @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Sauteed Noodles with Chicken

Inside @ Shan Shan Noodles - Parsippany, NJ

Dining @ Shan Shan Noodles

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