I'm a Zha Jiang fanatic. If that doesn't mean something to you, it should. We're talking hand-pulled noodles with ground pork and fermented soybean paste. Maybe that doesn't sound enticing to you if you've never had it - think of it as a spicy, porky spaghetti. Still doesn't sound good? Seriously? I cannot get enough of the stuff and in Paris, my favorite version is at Happy Nouilles, not Les Pâtes Vivantes. I confirmed it with a visit to the latter's recently opened second outpost on Blvd St Germain.
This is just a quess but I think Auntie Duan, the owner, targets a French crowd and waters things down a tad. Logical. Their Zha Jiang simply doesn't have the zesty burst of flavor that I now expect.
22 Blvd Saint-Germain