31 of 50 “Tastiest” Soups in NYC – Cafe Kashkar’s Lagman: The Uyghur Version of Chinese Beef Noodle Soup

MY TASTEFUL OPINION:  Sprinkle a little less salt and then give me more, please!

Right after eating chicken soup with mini pelmini at Cafe Glechik, JM and I walked a few blocks over to get some Lagman ($6) at Cafe Kashkar.  I felt even closer to home here:  when we walked in, I thought we had walked into my grandmother’s dining room.  Then, we were given chopsticks.  Eh?  I thought we were in a Russian hood!

Well, after some research, it all makes sense now.  Kashgar is apparently a city within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, and almost half of the population of Xinjiang is made up of Turkish-speaking Uyghur Muslims.  A map showing what borders this province helped shed some light as well.

So the food is mostly halal food with lots of mutton and a Chinese influence.  Take, for example, the lagman I tried.  “Lagman” = “la mien” in Mandarin Chinese = “pulled noodles” (thank you, thank you, I still remember my Mandarin!).  The noodles here were clearly hand pulled.  Each noodle was too uneven, with some parts thin and other parts thick, to have been cut by a machine.  It was refreshing to see and even more delightful to eat.  The texture – a springy bite – was absolutely perfect, and I’m not sure I’ve eaten better noodles.

Cafe Kashkar's Lagman

The meaty broth, while a bit on the salty side, included an abundance of  tender lamb, red and green bell peppers, shredded lettuce/celery leaves (?), celery, long beans, and I think some bits of star anise.  It was a hugely happy reminder of the beef noodle soup my family and I often ate but with its own little twists.

Now I’m hungry and really craving a big bowl of Lagman, so I think I should end this entry here.  I hope I can find something just as good in LA when I move there at the end of the month.

Cafe Kashkar
1141 Brighton Beach Ave
(between Brighton 14th St & Brighton 15th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 743-3832


Over $10 – These soups should have a gold leaf in them.

$6 to $10 – You’re not shellin’ out the gold, but also not gettin’ super lucky.

Under $6 – It’s your lucky day!


About Tynee

My latest adventure: trying all 50 of what New York Magazine dubbed the "Tastiest" Soups in the city in 2009. Read all about it here. View all posts by Tynee

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