Quick-fire Q&A: Eric Sze of The Tang

In Episode 26: The Tang + Zha Jiang Mian, we sat down with Eric Sze of noodle joint, The Tang, to talk about the iconic Beijing noodle dish Zha Jiang Mian. We caught up with Eric last week to learn a little more about him!

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Neighborhood of residence:
Long Island City, Queens

Favorite restaurant in your hood:
LIC Market

Favorite spot to grab a drink:
Kenka or The Nomad Bar

Most recent/Recommended dining out experience:
Golden Palace in Flushing.


How did you come up with the name "The Tang"?
"Tang" means a lot of things in Chinese. We picked it because it also means “place“, so it's kind of like "the noodle place". 

Why is zha jiang mian a popular noodle dish in Korea?
ZJM originated in the Shandong area of China which is very close to Korea. So, when Chinese people immigrated to Korea back in the 18th century, they brought the dish over and it became what it is today! 

What Asian food staple/trend do you want to see more of?
I feel like Chinese breakfast should be a thing.

What would be your last meal on Earth?
A bowl of beef noodle soup.