I’ve been going on about my new favorite Chinese hole in the wall Spicy Village for some time now. My friend Jane and I went for lunch last week and had their signature dish: Big Tray of Chicken ( $12.95 more handmade noodles can be added for $1.50) and here it is:
Certainly enough for 3-4 people and so delicious, my only warning is beware of the chicken bones the way they are cut can be sharp and I was eating so ravenously I nearly punctured the top of my mouth as I greedily sucked the meat off of a piece of chicken.
Apparently this is also a favorite place of super star chef Danny Bowien who after many visits has adapted this dish for his hipster food mecca Mission Chinese. I ate there for lunch on Sunday but didn’t see it on the menu so maybe it’s an evening thing or served as a special? In any case I’m sure it’s cheaper at Spicy Village even thought the atmosphere isn’t as nice.
Chef Bowien published his take on the recipe in the Wall Street Journal as: Beer Braised Henan Chicken which I am going to give a try tonight. Although his recipe doesn’t include the noodles which really are my favorite part of the dish, but I think you can easily add some egg noodles, ramen or even udon and get more or less the same effect. Of course if you live near Spicy Village you can always just order a few side orders to go 😉
Or you can make your own here’s Danny and Martha going at it.