anyways, apparently gene’s has a secret menu that cant be found anywhere. on tuesdays and wednesdays, they are able to make this dapanji 大盘鸡 dish for you if you order a few days in advance. Dapanji is a popular Uyghur dish in Xinjiang, China. the main ingredients usually consist of chicken, potatoes, green peppers, onions, sichuan hot peppers, and most importantly, handmade noodles. doesnt the word ‘handmade noodles’ just hit the spot?!
i made a reservation a week in advance. he only makes dapanji that serves 5 people plus starting from $55. we only had three people, but oh well, cant stop us! we still got the 5 ppl portion.
when we got there our dapanji wasnt ready yet, i was starving to death, so i ordered the lamb stew as an ‘appetizer’ hehehehe.
on the right is their homemade sour plum drink 酸梅汤 – yes sour, but light and refreshing, i drank 2 of them.
this dish is savory, spicy, or super spicy if your tolerance is low. my friend was sweating like crazy and he said his mouth was numb and couldnt taste anything after a while. gene’s is def my fave noodle place in MA and gene’s version of dapanji wasn’t bad at all. i enjoyed it although it wasnt china good yet. we were super stuffed at the end of our meal and we didnt even finish half of the dish, i could barely walk or breath.
the owner told me that they are testing out more dishes on the secret menu such as pork rib with buried handmade noodles.
so once again, if you wanna check out this dish, make sure you call in and make a reservation first. they will NOT make it for you without a reservation.
oh fyi, they will be closed next week, i believe from thursday til sunday or something, im sowwie i totally forgot the dates. please call in to make sure. chelmsford is pretty far, dont waste your gas!!!
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