Bizarre Foods America: Chinese noodles to infinity

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On the latest Bizarre Foods America from Travel Channel, Zimmern found Chinese cuisine to die for, including noodles that never end.

Bizarre Foods America visited what Andrew Zimmern identified as the fourth largest city in America by population: 2.2 million people.

That is, if it weren't identified as only one borough of New York City. That my friends is the borough of Queens.

Zimmern called it. "The place where you can find the food of the world stirred up in a uniquely American melting pot. Half the population of Queens are immigrants from more than 100 countries and Andrew found, "They bring with them the cuisine of the entire world."

Watch Andrew's tour through food in Queens in video posted below.

First stop was a small Chinese food stall in the basement of an indoor mall in Flushing.

Xi'an Famous Foods is a growing empire. Four other locations, including a sit-down restaurant are owned and operated by one family.

It is Chinese fusion style that incorporates flavors from the Middle East, India and Africa.

It all began with the papa of the clan who set up his business to earn money that was used to send his son Jason to a graduate school. Jason promptly joined the Xi'an business and has taken it into the 21st century.

It's all about the noodles.

Xi'an Famous is known for its spicy noodle dishes. All the dough is made fresh each day and the process of forming it all into noodles includes stretching the dough as long as your arms will spread, then banging the strips on the metal kitchen counters until they are the perfect thickness.

Lamb face noodles are "the bomb" claims Zimmern but he ends up eating his favorite, soft tofu and pork noodles.

Jason demonstrated how he has incorporated change into the traditional noodle bowls.

We got introduced to what he has dubbed Longevity Noodles. Here's to a long life...truly.

A large bowl of meat, spices and stir fried veggies has one long noodle in it and it seems to never end. In other words, "To infinity and beyond!"

It is bulky enough to fill up the bowl but when you use chopsticks to pick up the noodle and put it in your mouth you are forced to bite it off at some point. No one said that eating the fabulous noodle dishes would be pretty.

If you're headed back east anytime soon and want to give Longevity Noodles a try, head on over to the family's restaurant, Biang located at 41-10 Main Street in Flushing, Queens.


Image: Travel Channel/Bizarre Foods America Andrew Zimmer
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