At Xi’an Famous Foods, a Father and Son Connect Over Spicy Lamb Noodles

October 10, 2016

Jason Wang might be the CEO of a growing restaurant empire, but on a hot summer day in a small kitchen in New York City, his father David Shi is running the show. Shi cooks, reluctant to slow down for the camera, while Wang translates and answers questions about the always-popular spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods.

For Wang, the spicy cumin lamb noodles are more than just a top-seller fueling his company’s rise to fame. “It’s so nostalgic,” he says, recalling his childhood growing up in the midwest. “It was so hard to get those spices. We