Chinatown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lin Han, noodle master
Chinatown Express Restaurant
The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2016
Lin Han, noodle master
It's a simple window that looks out onto Sixth Street NW, but in a way, it's also a stage. Chinatown Express is the theater. "Fresh Noodle Made on the Spot," the lettering on the window, is the name of the show. For 15 years now, Lin Han has been its star. "He's the best one to do the noodles, the dumplings the steam buns," says the restaurant's owner, Lui Shing. But really, "He's a noodle guy."
The noodles are what stops people in their tracks on the sidewalk and draws them to his window to watch. Lin makes them every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then again from 5 p.m. until about 8. The lai mein are hand-stretched in a series of balletic motions — the production that Lin has been repeating all these years. He takes a lump of dough made from water, oil and Korean flour, which he and Lui say is the best for lai mein. He pulls it into a rope, and twists that rope around itself...Enough for about two bowls of the restaurant's signature dish.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 53.971′ N, 77° 1.204′ W. Marker is in Chinatown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 6th Street Northwest south of H Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 746 6th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Surratt Boarding House" (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Surratt's Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover DC / Gallery Place - Chinatown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friendship Archway (about 500 feet away); Chinatown (about 600 feet away); Man with Briefcase (about 700 feet away); The Northern Baptist Convention (about 800 feet away); Vaquero (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinatown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.