Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road’s handy list of some of our favorite dishes — old standbys and new finds alike — compiled daily.
Today’s pick: Sauerkraut Noodles ($3.30) at 8th Avenue Noodles (5017 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-853-3385).
The menu at 8th Avenue noodles, a relatively new Fujianese hand-pulled noodle joint, is rife with bewildering translations, like “thermometer soup” and “halogen intestines.” But the sauerkraut noodles turn out to be pretty accurately described — it’s just that instead of Germanic pickled cabbage, the noodles are covered in pickled Chinese mustard greens. Tart and salty with a bitter, mustardy edge, the greens lend verve and zip to the chewy, wheaten hand-pulled noodles.
As for those noodles, they’re made to order by the fellow who seems to own the place. From a giant mound of dough, he cuts a loaf-sized amount and proceeds to slap, bang, stretch, and twirl it until a cat’s cradle of long, thin noodles dangles between his hands. In soup, the noodles eventually lose their bite, but in this dish, they retain their delicate chew.
The dish is assembled with generous spoonfuls of the pickled greens, scallions, and a freshly fried egg. It’s enough for a generous (vegetarian) meal, and astoundingly cheap.
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Dish No. 100: Zaragoza Grocery’s Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla
Dish No. 99: No. 7 Sub Shop’s General Tso’s Tofu Sandwich
Dish No. 98: Nigerian Goat Stew From Baku
Dish No. 97: The Captain’s Daughter From Saltie
Dish No. 96: Bun Bo Hue From Thanh Da
Dish No. 95: The Beauty From Mile End
Dish No. 94: Potato, Egg, and Provolone on a Roll at Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dish No. 93: The Terrine Board at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room
Dish No. 92: Sausage and Egg Breakfast at La Bonbonniere
Dish No. 91: Roasted Carrots at Porchettta
Dish No. 90: Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya
Dish No. 89: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie From First Prize Pies
Dish No. 88: Brown Butter, Corn, and Mushroom Linguine at Buttermilk Channel
Dish No. 87: Katsudon at Ennju
Dish No. 86: Fried Chicken With Two Sides at Soul Fixins
Dish No. 85: Fried Lamb Intestines at El Quinto Pino
Dish No. 84: Kunafa From Nablus Sweets
Dish No. 83: Potato Flatbread at Sahadi’s
Dish No. 82: Chicken-Fried Chicken Livers at Cornbread Diner
Dish No. 81: Taleggio, Broccoli Rabe, and Sausage Panini at Bocca Lupo
Dish No. 80: Hamburger at M. Wells in Long Island City
Dish No. 79: Vanilla Malted at Brooklyn Farmacy
Dish No. 78: Seafood Combo With Hot Sauce From Randazzo’s Clam Bar
Dish No. 77: Fried Ipswich Clams at Ed’s Lobster Bar
Dish No. 76: Banh Uot Thit Nuong (Grilled Pork and Noodles) at Co Ba
Dish No. 75: Schiacciata con l’Uva at Sullivan Street Bakery
Dish No. 74: Cornish Pasty at Myers of Keswick
Dish No. 73: Baklava at Güllüoglu
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