We started with an outstanding cold appetizer, Sliced Pig's Ears in Spicy Sauce. This had the near perfect balance of crunch and zesty sauce, spiked with both chili and Sichuan Pepper.
Our next course brought a bamboo steamer containing six Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings. Each steamed dumpling carries a morsel of meat and a soup spoonful of hot consommé. These were just average, but decent. They are eaten by picking one up in a deep-bowled Chinese soup spoon, then biting a notch in the dumpling's skin, slurping out the hot consommé, then eating the morsel of pork within, as well as the delicate dumpling wrapper.
|Xiao Long Bao|
Choosing our main, noodle-bearing dish was difficult. We finally decided on a big bowl of Spicy Shredded Pork with "Paper" (?) Noodles.
While we waited, we watched through a large window the chef swing and stretch noodles for each order that came to the kitchen. This is an amazing skill which I'd only seen before on Internet videos, but THIS WAS THE REAL DEAL.
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The Shredded Spicy Pork Noodles arrived. They were quite good, but not our favorite dish. The noodle component was very good, of superior texture. We enjoyed every bite, especially after kicking up the spice level a notch with some Hot Red Oil provided on the table.
Satiated, we called for the check. (Major credit cards are accepted. (There's a $15 minimum for credit card use.)
The total was amazingly low. All of the above, plus a can of Coke™, for $25.68, plus a generous tip. The check, please.
We'll return to Shan Shan Noodles as soon as we can.
RATINGS are graded on a 1 to 10 scale; 1 being dismally deficient and 10, a rarely attained award.
Service: 7. Friendly, energetic, enthusiastic although could be more attentive in wiping up spills on the table, of which there were several. English is a second language for several staffers, so be patient.
Ambience: Simple and cozy.
Parking: Free, in front.
Booze: No alcoholic beverage license.
Keywords: "Use your noodle. Eat at Shan Shan soon and often."
Location: Shan Shan Noodles
333 Route 46, Parsippany, NJ, United States
Hours and days: I couldn't find this out. I'd guess from 11:00 a.m. until about 7:00 p.m. Call or email them for more exact info.
Contact Info: Freephone: +1 9732877399
Telephone: +1 9732877399
Fax: +1 9732877399