Case in point: today's bowl of "Spicy Beef Soup Nooodles" (in Chinese on Xi An Gourmet's Hand-Pulled Noodles menu as Chuan wei niu rou mian). The bowl was large, the noodles muscular and chewy, the broth dark and beefy with a meal's worth of tender braised beef brisket. and enough cilantro and Chinese mustard to let me know I was getting my vegetables. What more could I want for $6.99? Also available in lamb.
Where slurped: Xi An Gourmet, 3741 Geary Blvd. at 2nd Avenenue, San Francisco