Hit noodle chain makes a return to sell noodle meal kits
NYC noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods is making a return — albeit only to sell meal kit versions of its hand-pulled, tingly noodles, for now. The popular chain has kept all of its locations closed since the shutdown on dining in went into effect in March, only keeping its online store open to sell its crowd-favorite chile oil.
The noodle kits all have four servings, and come in four different options: beef, pork, vegetable, and vegan. Each of the kits come with fresh vegetables, the Xi’an Famous Foods’ stew, spices particular to each noodle kit, and noodle dough pieces with instructions on how to pull them to create the dish. The meals take about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare.
“We’ve long pushed back on delivery of our food if it compromises our quality and taste, and meal kit deliveries is not in contradiction of that at all, but is an affirmation of it,” Jason Wang, the CEO of Xi’an, says in a statement. “They allow for folks get to have the fun of pulling noodles themselves at home and to enjoy the dishes freshly pulled like in the stores.”
For now, delivery is free, and is available in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, with plans to expand the delivery zone to more parts of the city and New Jersey in the coming weeks. Customers can select delivery windows on Xi’an’s website.
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