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Oct 10, 2011 06:27 AM

Spicy beef tendon

I went to Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao on Saturday, and on a whim deided to try the spicy beef tendon. If you've never had this before, and the thought of eating beef tendon is a turn off, have no fear!

The tendon comes in wafer thin transluscent slices and has the texture of al dente pasta. It is flavored in a szechuan hot pepper oil/pepprcorn sauce and I have to say, it's quite addicting.

On a nutritional note, my research shows that it is fairly low in calories (about 150 for a 3 oz serving), has virtually no fat, and is nearly 100% protein.

Highly recommended!

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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  1. If you really want to go crazy, get it combined with tripe on the same plate. Excellent dish.

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    1. re: Polecat

      I love getting it to go for my next day's lunch or a late-night snack!

        1. re: Cheese Boy

          CB, much like revenge, this is a dish best served up cold.

      1. re: Polecat

        Had the exact combination last night with XLB.....for 6.95 + 5.50.

      2. If anyone is up on Kissena near the corner of Holly Ave, a nice little Northern Chinese place called Guan Dong Yi Jia Restaurant serves up an excellent version of spicy beef tendon as well.

        Guan Dong Yi Jia
        46-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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        1. re: Polecat

          Thanks for the tip. I like the tendon at Little Pepper quite a bit as well.

          Little Pepper
          18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

        2. i find all of nan xiang's cold appetizer offerings to be very good...go try their spicy pig ear, its really good

          i wrote a post about it a while back:

          1. As a follow up, I went back to Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao recently, but they didn't have the beef tendon. Disappointed, I walked up the hill to my favorite restaurant in Flushing, Mapo Szechuan and ordered it there.

            I have to say I liked Mapo Szechaun's version better. The tendon is, shall I say "more crudely cut," i.e., the shavings were not as uniform and it had more bits of meat attached, but the flavor was so much more powerful. They added a lot more szechuan peppercorn oil making my mouth buzz so much more than it did with the version from Nan Xiang.

            Definitely a dish best served cold.

            Mapo Szechuan
            37-04 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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            1. re: ForestHillsFresser

              mapo the hot pot place? (called bai du in chinese)

              1. re: Lau

                That's the place. They have an extensive Szechuan menu. The spicy beef tendon is listed as an appetizer, but they muffed the spelling so just order the "spicy beef tender."

                1. re: Lau

                  Lau, if bai du means hot pot in Chinese, does the Chinese search engine Baidu mean Hot Pot too?

                  1. re: ForestHillsFresser

                    Baidu is the name of the hot pot restaurant - I don't what the characters are.

                    Hot pot in Mandarin is : Huǒguō 火鍋

                    The Chinese search engine Baidu is Bǎidù 百度 or BIDU on NASDAQ!

                    1. re: ForestHillsFresser

                      haha yah as scoopG said bai du is the name of the restaurant and hot pot is huo guo (literally meaning fire pot)

                      1. re: Lau

                        Where is this Baidu Hot Pot place then?

                        1. re: scoopG

                          i posted it about it a while back, baidu is the chinese name and mapo is the english name. its on prince, but you have to go past nanxiang etc for another block or so. its pretty good taiwanese style hot pot where you get your own mini hot pot


                          Mapo Szechuan
                          37-04 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

                          1. re: Lau

                            They have both the mini and the larger versions. I always get the larger version.

                            1. re: ForestHillsFresser

                              I was just here again with a somewhat nonadventurous (half of them couldn't eat a lot of spicy food or tripe) group over the weekend and I got the mala beef tendon for our appetizer to the main event of the larger hot pot. Good recommendation on their tendon because i really enjoyed their flavoring! Thanks!

                2. Strangely enough, my favorite mala beef tendon is at the Canal St. Grand Sichuan. Not all their cold dishes are as good--and often not nearly as good as Spicy and Tasty (esp. the Celery with pressed tofu--Xiang qin cai dou gan). But it's intriguing how well some places do particular sishes.
                  And it MUST be eaten cold; though I like the hot, entirely different Cantonese version, which is soft and cozy, perfect for cold weather).