Xi’an Famous Foods 西安名吃 (XFF) began as a 200 square foot basement “hole-in-the-wall” stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y., the de-facto Chinatown of New York City. It was opened by a homesick Chinese immigrant named David, with his life savings, after sending his son to college. David just wanted to share his hometown food with fellow homesick immigrants like himself.
The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an (of Shaanxi Province of China) to the United States, with its signature Liang Pi “Cold-Skin Noodles,” “burgers” with housemade flatbread stuffed with stewed pork or spicy cumin lamb, various biang biang hand-ripped noodle dishes, and other specialties. Being a pioneer of this cuisine in the western world,
XFF had to coin the names “Liang Pi ‘Cold-Skin Noodles” and “Spicy & Tingly” to properly describe its food in a concise and accurate manner,
XFF was also the first to present the original and now increasingly-popular, Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger and Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles!
The business is proudly owned and operated by David’s son, Jason Wang, a Chinese-American. Because they were born in Xi’an and proudly traces their family tree back generations to the region, one of their primary objectives in operating the business is to properly introduce the world to the unique cuisine of their hometown: liang pi “cold-skin noodles,” stewed pork burgers, wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, and more, all in their most authentic forms that would make even their ancestors proud.