You think you’re having a hard time keeping track of all the incredible food available in Las Vegas’ ever-expanding Chinatown district? I can’t stay on top of it, and it’s my job to do so.
I’d never heard of Big Dan Shanxi Taste, a tiny takeout spot inside the popular Shun Fan Supermarket on Spring Mountain Road, or its chef Hongrui Xin, until Xin was nominated for a James Beard Award earlier this year. How did I miss this?
Well, better late than never. Hit the Dan for a quick lunch any day other than Tuesday, or go to bigdanshanxinv.com and order a whole bunch of stuff to get a taste of cuisine from Xi’An, the capital city of the Shaanxi Province in central China.
Start with the cumin lamb burger ($14), a convenient and craveable twist on the traditional paomo, lamb stew with chunks of steamed flatbread. This sandwich is deserving of all the awards all by itself, a chewy bread pocket stuffed with spicy, sizzled lamb bits and chilies. I’m absolutely addicted.
There are plenty of more exotic dishes for the more adventurous eater on this menu, but if you’re just dipping in a toe, go for simple hot oil noodles with vegetable and pork, braised beef noodle soup, or braised shell-shaped noodle (all $12) in a savory broth. These are satisfying, slurpable sensations that will get you going in the right direction.
BIG DAN SHANXI TASTE SF Supermarket, 5115 Spring Mountain Road #168, 702-363-6669, bigdanshanxinv.com. Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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