You Need to Try These XO Sauce-Tossed Egg Noodles on Commercial Drive

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The menu at Commercial Drive’s four month-old Vietnamese street food spot Lunch Lady offers a dish that could mislead diners into expecting something akin to San Francisco’s famous bowls of egg noodles tossed in a lot of butter and a crazy amount of garlic (invented at Thanh Long restaurant in 1971). At Lunch Lady, it’s all about the housemade XO sauce that every noodle wears like a winter coat. Each chewy string is an umami cheat code that tastes decadently of oiled up prawn brains slow cooked in a pot that was somehow constructed entirely out of cured pork. Making it extra stimulating are electrifying hot pepper coins and a shower of parmesan cheese that quickly dissolves into the XO like a cocaine alfredo. For fleeting moments it spasms the soul, with or without the optional 63 degree sous vide egg on top. If this is street food, it’s some street!

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  1. “At Lunch Lady, it’s all about the housemade XO sauce that every noodle wears like a winter coat. Each chewy string is an umami cheat code that tastes decadently of oiled up prawn brains slow cooked in a pot that was somehow constructed entirely out of cured pork. Making it extra stimulating are electrifying hot pepper coins and a shower of parmesan cheese that quickly dissolves into the XO like a cocaine alfredo.”

    This might be the best set of sentences I have ever read. I am sorry no one else has commented sooner to pay the appropriate respect that passage deserves.

  2. This dish (or a more updated variant of it as of last week) had me hunting around town for XO sauce. What a treat this was to try at Lunch Lady, and then again at home this week.

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