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Fragrant, flavorful Sichuan-style food

A La Carte

November 26, 2023

Story By: Stephanie Lopes | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

House Beef Noodles ($16.99)

In the heart of Honolulu, MIAN is serving up the fragrant and flavorful taste of some of China’s best street food.

In Chinese, mian translates to noodles, and the eatery presents housemade, tender noodles — along with other mouthwatering dishes — prepared in the traditional style of China’s Sichuan province.

MIAN’s interior

House Beef Noodles ($16.99) is MIAN’s most popular dish. The multi-layered soup base is meticulously steeped in beef and Chinese spices. Spare ribs, Chongqing-style noodles, green onions and a secret housemade sauce complete the bowl to form a rich, mixed flavor.

House Pork Dumplings ($14.99)

The casual, clean restaurant’s House Pork Dumplings ($14.99) are created in the Chengdu style of the ancient craftsman named Zhong. The handcrafted dumplings are filled with pure pork, and the “slightly spicy, sweet sauce is the seller for the dish,” says manager Pony Xu.

Xiao long bao Dumplings ($14.05) are a new addition to MIAN’s menu. Its chefs developed their own recipe for the outer wrapper, which is tender, smooth and somewhat translucent. Juicy pork fills the Shanghai-style dumplings for a burst of flavor with every bite.

“We keep modifying the recipe to perfect the authentic flavor for the dumplings,” Xu says.

In the upcoming months, guests to MIAN can expect more new dishes, like Sichuan-style fried items and meat appetizers.

“Our team has the courage to keep trying to develop new dishes,” says Xu. “We have many fun, interesting foods to try.

“If people would like authentic Chinese food, they should try MIAN,” Xu concludes.

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