How a son turned his dad’s food stall into the No. 2 Chinese restaurant in the US



This week Time Out ranked Xi’an Famous Foods the second-best Chinese restaurant in the US.

There are long lines out the door for $8 dishes featuring unexpected spices and tastes from the Xi’an region of China. These include spicy lamb skewers, liangpi “cold skin” noodles, and their famous hand-pulled “ripped” noodles.

With its bold and authentic regional fare, Xi’an “represents the wave of the future in Chinese food,” according to Chinese food historian and author, Andrew Coe. Anthony Bourdain is also a fan.

Here’s the story of how Jason Wang helped transform his father’s Queens, New York food stall into a culinary sensation.

Produced by Alana Kakoyiannis

Edited by Josh Wolff
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27 thoughts on “How a son turned his dad’s food stall into the No. 2 Chinese restaurant in the US”

  1. sadly, whats the price of keeping prices low? how things are done.. how animals are grown, how environmentally friendly things are grown, how fair salary people have gotten. cheaper is not better

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