Hand-pulled noodles now have a serious foothold in Boston’s Chinese food scene, but it’s only recently that we’ve had a local source for the style known as dao xiao mian. Live Noodles, opened in Packard’s Corner by a former co-owner of MDM Noodles, features the so-called sliced, shaved or knife-cut variety that are peeled from a block of dense wheat dough with a sharp blade. The slick, chewy, ragged-edged ribbons are served either stir-fried with crisp bok choy, bean sprouts, scallions and a protein of your choice or swimming in a deep bowl of meaty broth.
Shanxi Sliced Noodle, $10-$12 at Live Noodles, 1026 Comm. Ave., Boston (617-879-1700) livenoodles.com